Undersea: a world in slow-motion

If you want to relax a bit and slow down your day-to-day life, a good tip is to practice scuba diving. You will really see life going by in slow motion.

Among extreme sports, diving is certainly one of the most enjoyable. One of man’s earliest practices, which used it initially as a way of enriching his menu with valuable and tasty seafood, diving also became a tool for exploring underwater treasure hunters, whether natural or fruit of wrecks.

There are basically two types of diving for practitioners in general – the freestyle and the scuba diving.

1. Snorkeling

The best known dive freestyle mode is snorkeling. It is an excellent, low-impact way to visualize sea beauties and interact with aquatic life. In addition, its practice is simple and inexpensive. Just buy or rent a snorkel, that mask with a tube that sits out of the water and allows for breathing.

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2. Scuba diving

Scuba diving is a little more complex and requires more sophisticated and expensive equipment, such as a scuba – acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. It is an oxygen tank that allows you to dive into greater depths. In this mode, you can just take an underwater tour on a tourism trip or specialize in practicing this sport by doing some diving courses.

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3. Learning methods

There are several learning methods. The most used to learn to dive is through the PADI methodology.
The PADI – Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is the largest and most respected diving training organization in the world. It accounts for 70% of all certificates issued.
The scuba credential issued by this organization is recognized in any diving community in the world. With the entry level certification you can dive during the day in a open environment, up to 18 meters deep.




4. The learning stages

In general, in order to practice diving and become an experienced diver, the following training is required:

  • Basic open water diver course
  • Advanced open water diver course
  • First aid course (emergency first response)
  • Rescue diver course
  • Diving course for dive masters

It’s like learning to drive, you will not get your certification sitting in your chair; however, it is necessary to take a few hours of theoretical lessons before entering into the water. Nothing too long, but it is necessary. To get an idea, check out this PADI training video:

5. Baptism Diving

Baptism Diving  is an underwater excursion that can be done at numerous diving spots. In these walks is common to find beautiful corals, many turtles, different types of stingrays, moray eels, lobsters, seahorses and fish of various sizes, shapes and colors.

6. Equipments

There are common precautions for both types of diving. You will need to have the right equipment for each of them. It is also unwise to practice these activities alone.

Scuba diving requires the presence of a professional, especially for beginners and requires more attention to equipment. Several shops offer this type of material, mainly in coastal and tourist towns. See this Facebook profile to check some of them: http://facebook.com/leisurepro

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The most hilarious diplomatic gaffes

These are memorable gaffes of heads of state at public ceremonies

They commit gaffes like anyone else. They are presidents, prime ministers, and even members of the royal family. Here are a few embarrassing episodes these leaders would love to erase from their resume.

1. Barack Obama offers a solitary toast to the queen

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With a style that sometimes allows some spontaneity, Barack Obama has in his history of US president some gaffes and protocol breaks that have turned into the subject of the press or simple anecdote.

On a visit to the United Kingdom in 2011, Obama made a big mistake when attending a dinner with Queen Elizabeth II in honor of the president’s visit. As he began to make a speech, the British national anthem began to play. Indifferent to the protocol, Obama continued the speech and lifted his glass for a toast to his Majesty, which was unsuccessful. He was alone in his gesture.

2. Boris Yeltsin stumbles during a ceremony 

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Former Russian President Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, who died in April 2007, will always be remembered for having a few more drinks.

Several times he stumbled on stages and steps, spoke curled up, danced in public and even squeezed a woman’s ass during a charity party, or when he stumbles during ceremony in Uzbekistan. Once, after making one of his own, Yeltsin made then-President Bill Clinton laugh, something unimaginable in the Cold War era.

3. George Bush trying to escape

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George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, became notorious for committing gaffes and talking without thinking. The press even coined the term “Bushism” to classify the verbal lapses and gaffes that became common in the years of its mandate. One hilarious moment was when he tries to open a locked door leaving a press conference in Beijing, China. As he sad, “I was trying to escape, but it didn’t work…”

4. Hugo Chavez, ¿Por qué no te callas?

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The saying goes: whoever says what he wants, hears what he does not want. Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez talks too much and has no potatoes on his tongue. He called George W. Bush as the “Devil” in New York, named former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a “fascist” in front of King Juan Carlos and later accused the King himself of being “arrogant and disrespectful” .
The cause of this diplomatic embarrassment occurred during the XVII Ibero-American Conference, held in the city of Santiago, Chile, at the end of 2007. Hugo Chávez called the former prime minister of Spain “fascist.” Faced with the inconvenience, the king, despite being always so affable, told Chávez: “Why do not you shut up?” (in spanish, ¿Por qué no te callas?).

5. Merkel and Hollande change their ways

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The world seems small for the Germans and the French. Francois Hollande, on a visit to Berlin for his first meeting with Angela Merkel, curl up in small hesitation on the red carpet. This was in 2012, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the new French president, François Hollande, with military honors on his arrival in Germany to begin their first bilateral meeting.

The bricked trees of Athens


Who never stopped to see the colors of Athens?

Athens, this amazing city located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio, is probable most known for its buildings, streets and old-styled places where the bobcats (the students) usually go to study or stay for a while between classes. Maybe, one can say that the best symbol of this place is its nature, surrounded by hills and oak trees; I would say that are all of them.

Who knows Athens once will never forget its bucolic scenario: buildings with red brick-walled walls, streets paved by blocks made in the factories of Hocking Valley, and a wonderful nature of trees, hills, river, squirrels, crows and bobcats (not the students, but the animal, the “Lynx rufus”. Fortunately, I never see one…).

Many people don’t know that the historical bricks which are part of the buildings in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa are made in the bricks’ ovens of Nelsonville and others bricks’ factories located around the Hocking Valley region. In Athens, it is not different.




These genuine antique bricks fascinate everyone who cross the streets and, at least once, stops to see its characteristic colors and textures, that becomes more than orange, maybe red, when the light of the sun set hits them.

Who never did that? I guess, no one. But, who never once stopped to see the colorful trees having their leaves falling during the fall season? I would say again: I guess, no one.

In about three weeks in November, the city’s oak trees change the color of their leaves from green to red, yellow and even white, for then, fall and color the blocks of the streets. And then comes the winter of December…

Isn’t it part of a special environmental movie’s script? I would say no, because the scenario is wider. We can’t forget the beauty of the rugged hills covered with hardwood and pine, the rock shelters, springs, and animals living in the forests all around the county, or in the Wayne National Park.

And so, after the description above, answer the question: are Athens’ red brick-walled walls buildings and its block paved streets inserted in the natural covered hills, or is the beauty of the nature part of the city scenario? Don’t ask me. Stop by a while and see by your own. You will be impressed by this bucolic paint and after all will have the answer. I promise, You will never forget!