Monthly Archives: December 2015

How to Speak a New Language in Half a Year

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I love discovering the world and learning about how it works, which is a big part of why I travel so much. But discovery takes many forms; language is another fascinating domain to explore because understanding the lingua franca of a country is a great way to understand the underpinnings of its culture. In 2015, I was finally able to fulfill a dream I’ve had for the last 20 years: being able to speak Japanese. I was only ... Read More »

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Diving in Raja Ampat

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This is a requested post about Raja Ampat for divers. Although Raja Ampat is virtually unheard of by the average person on the street, to divers these two words conjure images of spectacular dives at every turn in one of the most inaccessible spots on earth. I visited Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia between late November and early December 2015 onboard MV Black Manta. This came on the heels of a banner year of diving where I went on ... Read More »

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