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Dreams of Thailand – Khaolak Finale

The final chapter of an amazing adventure We got back to Thailand the second week in December for the last stretch of our very long honeymoon. We got to Keith and Alex house in the afternoon and a new furry friend called Pippa greeted us as we arrived. It is one of the great things…

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Dreams of Bali – Back in Medewi

Dreams of Pink Barrels After the quite intense time in Thailand we were glad to spend another month in Medewi in Bali and this time we had plenty of time to ourselves as Mikael was back in Sweden. To make the most of  the extra time we had on our hands we decided to focus…

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Dreams of Thailand – Andaman Sea Surf Competition

Surf festival The last few years Pakarang Surf Shop has been part of the Andaman Sea Surf Competition Tour and this year they were going to hold the last competition of the tour and were planning to finish in style with a big surf festival. Linus helped them with all the artwork for the competition,…

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Dreams of Bali – Menjangan

Underwater exploration and charging shrubs Having dived in Bali before and remembering how beautiful it was, we wanted to explore the underwater world a bit more. We decided to check out Menjangan which is on the north western side of the island and a slightly less known dive spot compared to the famous Tulamben and…

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Dreams of Bali – Medewi

Sunrises, serenity and stoke After our “short” 10-day visit to Medewi in May we were looking forward to staying a full month here. Surfing, yoga, painting, reading and simply embracing the sense of relaxation that this place brings you was the grand plan for our stay and it felt like such a luxury after our…

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Dreams of down under – NSW – Sydney Friends & Food

Coastal exploration and culinary delights Having seen parts of Cronulla when we went diving at Oak Park Linus was curious to see more of the area. We decided to go for a walk along the coast and came across several surf breaks with a few people out playing in the waves. One peak was throwing…

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Dreams of down under – NSW – Blue Mountains

Into the wild The Blue Mountains is a vast mountainous area about 2 hours west of Sydney. Malin had visited the area before, but as Linus had never been there and dramatic, wild and rugged nature is very much right up our alley we decided to leave the city for a day of exploration. We…

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Dreams of down under – NSW – Sydney Coastal Exploration

Diving and exploring the coast The morning after our city excursion we went to visit Abyss Scuba Diving, the dive club Malin did all her training with and spent pretty much every other weekend diving with during her years in Sydney. It was really wonderful to see Peter and Rachel again who run Abyss and…

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Dreams of down under – NSW – Sydney CBD

A trip down memory lane and an introduction to an icon We arrived in Sydney in the afternoon and as we were flying over the city looking down on Harbour Bridge and the Opera House Malin felt a very strong sense of nostalgia seeing her old home once more. We were going to stay with…

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Dreams of down under – VIC – Yambuc Lake to Bells Beach

The true colours of Bells and the end of our Great Ocean Road adventure We were coming towards the end of our trip along the Great Ocean Road and our plan for the day was to get as close as possible to Torquay to give us time to get a final peek at Bells Beach…

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Dreams of down under – VIC – Saw Pit to Yambuk Lake

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Dreams of down under – VIC – Mount Gambier to Saw Pit

Wild life camping and a thief Our friendly local at the camp site had pointed us in the direction of the coast for our next leg of the trip. As it was already pretty late in the afternoon the one hour drive was perfect to have time to get some supplies in the town of…

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Dreams of down under – SA – Piccaninnie Ponds

A portal to an alien world We woke up early at our campsite in Mount Gambier and made some breakfast. The sun was shining and we looked forward to enjoy our breakfast in the sun outside our camper van. But unfortunately we had left the chairs outside and it had rain during the night so…

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Dreams of down under – VIC – Johannas Beach to Mount Gambier

Once there were 12 but only 7 remains After the amazing morning surf session at Johannas beach it was time for us to continue our journey. Linus had seen on Google maps that we could take an alternative, smaller and potentially more adventurous route towards the Apostles, which was our next destination. As we thought…

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Dreams of down under – VIC – Kennet River to Johannas Beach

Gimme hope, Jo’anna Hope, Jo’anna Gimme hope, Jo’anna ‘Fore the morning come Shortly after leaving Kennet River the Great Ocean Road turned up into the hills and our jaws dropped as we saw the views from the road. The forest opened up and dramatically rolling hills extended all the way to the ocean in the…

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Dreams of down under – VIC – Bells to Kennet River

Turn turn turn turn turn turn, straight, turn turn turn turn After the surf at Bells Beach we had two options, either stay around Torquay and spend another generator fueled night at the Equestrian Farm or start traveling along the Great Ocean Road to find our next destination. Our curiosity got the better of us…

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Dreams of down under – VIC – Melbourne to Bells

Bells and furry friends Having such a terrific time it was with mixed emotions we travelled north towards Melbourne to get our camper van again. It was such a pleasure to stay in Jacqui and Kims house, also being in one place for a couple of days, settling in a bit and not being on…

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Dreams of down under – VIC – Melbourne

Dragons are real and they live in Australia Friday the 31st of August was one of our only scheduled days during our trip down under, and the day we would fly to Melbourne to visit our new friends Jacqui and Kim. They’re diving friends of friends whom Linus met briefly during his time working for…

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Dreams of down under – WA – Margaret River to Perth

Bye bye Western Australia, Victoria here we come We woke up after another wet and chilly night at the Big Valley Ranch. This was our last day in WA before heading off to Melbourne and we wanted to have a final look at the might of the ocean on this side of the world so…

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Dreams of down under – WA – Kalbarri to Margaret River

Stormy weather and microwave wine The morning after our visit to Natures Window we had a look at the epic surf break Jakes Left in Kalbarri and after breakfasting on tasty toasties made in our camper van we went for a walk along the dramatic coastline. The cliffs were very similar to the rocks we…

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Dreams of down under – WA – Exmouth to Kalbarri

Blowholes, cliffs and a reptile The day had come for us to leave Exmouth. We started with heading off to Froth Craft Brewery to meet up with Tyler who gave us some delicious coffee for our ride and some fresh Froth swag. Before leaving we did our civil duty and prepared our votes for the…

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Dreams of down under – WA – Exmouth

Marine life explosion, coral gardens, whales, waves, delicious beer and friendship After our first epic day in Exmouth the second day offered us a delicious feast as Froth Craft Brewery was putting on a beergastation – 6 delicious courses paired with 6 different beers. All the courses were delicious and we got to enjoy ceviche,…

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Dreams of down under – WA – Lyndon River to Exmouth

A couple of Roos, tons of coral and a reunion Our campsite in the barren landscape at Lyndon River had one of the most spectacular starry skies we’ve ever seen, and waking up there the sunrise was just as spectacular. We set off around 7am to head for Coral Bay, to check the place out…

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Dreams of down under – WA – Cliff Head to Monkey Mia

Day 2 on the road Waking up at our desolated campsite, Cliff Head North, we noticed two things. First that the sun was rising, coloring the sky and sea in a spectacular gradient and secondly that Australia can be pretty cold in the morning hours of winter. Linus even managed to blow smoke out of…

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Dreams of down under – WA – Monkey Mia to Lyndon River

Dolphins and driving straight…  straight…  straight…  straight… straight… straight… CURVE 😀 straight… straight… straight…  straight… straight… straight… TURN 😀 straight… straight… We had set the alarm for 6:30m to get up in time for the dolphin feeding. We woke up to a spectacular pink cloud formation in the sky and started to make our way…

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Dreams of down under – WA – Perth to Cliff Head

Perth, Pinnacles and Cliffs Head The day before yesterday we left Thailand after 2 amazing months in Khao Lak. We flew via Bangkok and after 6 quite breezy hours, as we managed to sleep through most of them, we arrived in Perth in time for a nice relaxing breakfast at the airport before picking up…

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Thailand dream

Monsoon, surf, creativity and a kitten The last 2 months we have been back in our beloved Khao Lak and it has been really nice to experience another low season here. Most of the dive staff have left to work in other areas of the world so it is very calm and quiet with only…

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Dreams of the Maldives – Crystal clear waters

Under the Sea We woke up the first day and went for a morning stroll along the beach. After just a few minutes we were already giddy with excitement of what we saw in the crystal clear water. Baby black tip reef sharks, 30-50cm in length and swimming casually in the knee deep lagoon right…

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Dreams of the Maldives – A surfers dream

Surfing Perfect Waves Maldives have never been a realistic travel destination for us. It has been something too exclusive and far fetched to begin to realise. But it has always been a dream to explore these islands. The Maldives is made up of around 1200 island in the middle of the Indian Ocean and after…

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Back to Bali

Surfing Medewi After an amazing, wonderful and quite hectic couple of months in Thailand it was time for us to head back to Medewi for some relaxing and surfing at Mikaels guest house Pink Barrel. We were going to meet up with Ching and a couple of other friends from Thailand there but we went…

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Dreams of the Andaman Sea

36 amazing dives In the weeks after the wedding we were lucky enough to go out on 3 wonderful liveaboard trips and do some awesome diving. It was amazing to see all these great divesites again and we were so happy to see how well the coral was doing. When we left Thailand in 2012…

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Daytripping with family and friends

Two days of amazing nature After recovering from our amazing wedding day and party it was time to do some exploration. On the first day of exploration we head out to the Surin National Park to do some snorkeling and we were amazed to see how well the corals were doing. When we left Thailand…

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Malinus said yes!

A magic night The big day had finally arrived when we got to celebrate our relationship with so many of our family and friends. The ceremony was planned for 5:30 pm and during the afternoon the sky opened and we thought we might have a very wet ceremony. However the weather gods were on our…

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Wrecked – Our first dives back into the blue

Bonsung Wreck After a few days getting settled in down here we had the opportunity to visit one of our favourite dive sites, the Bonsung Wreck with our friends from Wicked Diving. Most dive sites in the Khao Lak area are quite remote but this one is easy accessable with a long tail boat, just…

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Koh Phra Thong camping trip

Island paradise Sitting in our bungalow one afternoon our friend Ching came by and asked us if we wanted to go to Koh Phra Thong. We never heard of the place so naturally we said yes! The trip was going to take place in a couple of days, and apparently we were staying overnight as…

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Back to our Thailand home

This past Sunday the time had come – next stop Thailand and the start of our 10 month adventure.