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My Kind of Paradise On Ilha Grande thumbnail

I guess I have a thing for seedy islands. A pirates lair, a leper colony, and a penitentiary for political prisoners -- much like Koh Tao in Thailand and Isla de Coiba in Panama, Ilha Grande in Brazil has quite the illicit past. And much like those islands before it, this one also managed to steal…

Nitrox Now! A Review of the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course thumbnail

Fellow scuba enthusiasts, do you want your dives to be safer, to stay down longer, and to have more energy for celebratory drinks after rinsing out your gear? I'll take that as a duh -- which is why it's so crazy it took me so many years to get my nitrox certification. Earlier in 2016, before leaving Thailand for the summer…

A Brazilian Pearl: Where to Eat, Stay and Play in Paraty thumbnail

I already confessed that my time in Paraty was a washout. But while five days of rain followed by three hours of sun was frustrating, it did leave us plenty of quality time to eat ourselves silly, lounge about in our accommodation, and look for a few creative activities that didn't require a dose of Vitamin D. Heading…

Stop And Smell The Rosé: Winding Down Thailand Wine Weekend at Alcidini thumbnail

Two down, one to go -- our weekend of hopping Thailand's wineries was so far a smashing success. After spending our first day at Khao Yai's first vineyard and Thailand's one and only winery helmed by a women, we were excited to see what our third and final stop of the weekend would have in store. After a…

When It Rains, It Pours in Paraty thumbnail

I fell unexpectedly in love with Brazil's biggest city, but it wasn't long before I felt the ocean calling me home. Leaving São Paulo, we made our way towards the sea, where we'd planned to drip along the coast all the way to and beyond Rio de Janiero. Tucked along this so-called Emerald Coast is a turquoise jewel…

You Had Me At Merlot: Continuing Thailand Wine Weekend at PB Valley Vineyards thumbnail

After a fabulous Thai wine weekend kick off at GranMonte Vineyards, we were on to our second stop of the day, PB Valley. Appropriately, PB Valley -- formerly known as Khao Yai Winery -- was the second vineyard in the country to attempt growing wine grapes. Yet as the first winery to open in the now…

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