Snorkelling with Decathlon

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And we're back! It's been a really full on couple of weeks what with a change in job and training ramping up it's taken me awhile to adjust to a new schedule in, well, everything. But we're back, and I'm finally able to share one of our favourite adventures in the Andaman Islands - snorkelling! 

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The Andaman Islands have some of the best dive sites in the world. The water is clear and warm. There are beautiful reefs to explore and amazing tropical fish that swim right up to you, if you stay still enough. It's something else! Nothing is more special than getting in the water and exploring the other world under the sea!

Mike and I knew when we were planning to head to Andaman that we'd want to snorkel, but neither of us particularly liked the idea of hiring gear, I mean who knows whose mouth that snorkel has been in! Thankfully we were lucky enough to be hooked up with amazing Easybreath Masks by the guys at Decathlon, cool full face masks that let you breath normally.

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I won't lie, we'd been eyeing up these masks for awhile, and were really excited to finally put them to the test. It's a good thing they didn't disappoint. In the past I've used normal masks and snorkels, but they've not always been comfortable. There's the issue of having something in your mouth, and having to regulate your breathing to deal with that, and fogging when you accidentally breath out through your nose (an issue for someone like me who practices nasal only breathing!), something which you totally avoid with the Easybreath. The big thing I was worried about was leaking, I didn't want to miss anything during my underwater adventure, and thankfully the seal held up perfectly! It was absolutely amazing being able to see everything clearly, especially when the fish swam right up to me, I can't begin to explain how beautiful they were! 

I really love the Easybreath, it really made our experience in the Andaman Islands, and I can't wait to get it out again in Menorca this summer! 

*Decathlon kindly gifted me the Easybreath Mask, my rash guard and board shorts, but all opinions are very much my own!

Active Date: Rock Climbing

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One of the things that Mike and I agreed when we moved in with each other was that we'd continue to make time for date night. However much the term 'date night' makes me cringe, it's become a bit of an institution in our relationship. When I was studying, and with Mike working weekends, we had to make the effort to spend time together. Now we live together it would be pretty easy to fall into a routine where we mostly talk about whether the bins need to be taken out. So date night is the solution. Time to hangout together, chat about things that aren't garbage...ok, well some of it is garbage. To keep the garbage conversation to a minimum we like dates where we do stuff, yep sometimes that means drinks and dinner, but we also like to get a bit more creative. A couple of weeks ago Mike and I were invited down to WestWay climbing centre for a 90 minute introduction in climbing session and we decided to make a date night of it. 

Turns out climbing is the ideal date. Learning a new skill together is a great way to bond with someone, especially if neither of you are sure what you're doing! Although I have climbed before it's been awhile, and what Mike lacked in experience he made up for in knowledge of knots, so we were on a pretty even footing - because of course these things are a competition. 

Our session started with a safety briefing and before we knew it we were climbing our first wall. The first one is the scary one, and it's a test of trust - Mike was my belay, and while I knew there were safety mechanisms in place, I also had to trust him. If that's not good for a relationship I don't know what is.  A few walls down and we both found our groove, while Mike surprised himself and scurried up some of the high walls, I was more into the bouldering walls where you navigate lower walls free from ropes. What can I say, I trust my body more than I trust ropes! 

WestWay is huge, around every corner there was to be a different wall to explore and the place was buzzing. A crucial element of date night is a good atmosphere, you don't want anything killing your vibe, and WestWay delivered. Plus the music was banging. That's also an important part of a good date night! Walking home I had the biggest smile, I'd spent the evening doing something fun with with the person I like the best, and that is what the perfect date night should be. 

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** Thanks to Everyone Active for inviting Mike and I to climb at WestWay, all opinion my own.