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Swish Style Self Love!

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Swish Eco Design! So I have furniture now, courtesy of my father. Typical of Swish (and my hippie beach bum type bent to life) everything is hand me down and thus eco. It suits me just fine, this eco-ness. I love that everything in my place is reused. I have always loved buying things second hand. I started to shop almost exclusively at Goodwill and thrift shops about the time I was allowed to drive the family truck around backwoods Chicago, much to my father's distain, but I loved it. I loved feeling like I was being resourceful, being unique, and I always hated the mall on some unexplainably deep level. The rows and rows of Abercrombie polos in bags with models on them that I once looked at thinking they were so old and cool, but now look to me like I might actually have been their baby sitter or worse, possible mother. On a lot of levels I love my furniture even though I actually had no choice as I somehow just seem to never have money. I am starting to feel like this may be a choice though. Are there people out there that might not be super motivated by money and am I one of them? And if so, how strange are we?

I am starting to think quite strange. My strangeness here in Miami is palpable in a way it never was in the land of the beach bums and misfit beach toys of Playa. I went to a spin class at the Four Seasons gym where I teach yoga these days and as I was working on putting my feet over my head after class, a Chelsita usual, a yoga student of mine and her friend came over. It took the friend about 5 seconds to say to me "So you are not from here." I honestly cannot pinpoint what it is that makes it so obvious that I am not from Miami, or likely from anywhere in particular that one can easily pinpoint. This statement has been following me everywhere, it is the very first thing people ask me. And, oddly, I have an accent, from where no one including myself seems to know. My only hope is that it is charming.

Typical Feet Up in my Swish!

I am sort of stuck somewhere between feeling proud of myself for making such unique and different life choices and feeling like a child very behind on their homework. I flow from proud to embarrassed every 5 min of so abstinently taking the path less travelled or more aptly in my life choices, the path less machete'd. When I have a look around here, pretty much everyone I meet that is in my age category is miles and miles ahead of me in so many ways. The new tinder friend I mentioned from my last blog recently invited me over to his place, the gorgeous new place he just bought courtesy of his big bank job complete with his specially frozen spherical ice cubes. Well, actually his guests apparently get a choice of spheres or large scale cubes......I guess the difference I feel between an individual like him and myself is actually measurable. I think that I am starting to be at an age where we can physically see the manifestation of one's life choices. You can see the physical evidence of what makes them tick and what they used their 20's to do/build. I have my handstands and Swish leggings and others have fancy ice and savings accounts. I suppose the mature way of looking at this is to see that perhaps just because my choices are a little less backed up and valued by society, does not mean that my difference is a bad one. But feeling so different has started to challenge an inner belief of mine and a tattoo I have long had on my wrist "It is not or, it is and." Meaning cannot my path less paved coincide with a savings account? I remember these feelings before when living in Chicago for a year in 2010, and hence my tattoo. Within society I have always felt the pressure to be and act certain ways, we all do. I think this is why I lived like a beach bum expat for so long. But like the tattoo on my wrist, the answer is always inside. While I am flailing around feeling so different and out of it here in Miami with every second person stopping to ask me where I am from, why cannot it not be both? Why cannot I not feel different and a part of it all at once? I think it is possible to love what makes us separate but still a part of the togetherness. And that feeling different does not mean that I have to run this time around. I have moments, quite a few these days during this transition, most especially when faced with new successful friends in the process of buying supped up jeeps from Heat Team Members, where I sooo wish I had not run away for so long. That I had stayed and choosen an easier path, planned, and would now be in a position to pay for whatever I need. But I am going to bank on my uniqueness, on my adventure, and on my very own vernacular. I choose to see my hippie adventures in this way because I have no choice. The years I spent mediating on my paddle board in the middle of the sea or hours spent at the bottom of the ocean in my Swish Suit (about 3,000 when I did the math) must be for something.

So, I have decided to break the pattern of self doubt. I have been TED watching and a particular one has stuck my fancy here on my used but fancy couch. Or maybe it was a talk about his TED talk, I am not sure and lost in all the links I have followed, but a Kamal Ravikant has been talking about mental looping that our brains do. We think that we think, but actually our thoughts are just loops of past experiences our brains just play over and over again. What this means for me then is that in my experience perhaps my mental loop just tells me over and over that difference is bad. But it is just a loop, and I am going to stop it. Maybe you can to and we can all embrace that which makes us unique and a part of it all :).

 

Love Yourself!

 

 

 

Swish Headquarters Moves to Miami: Will Our CEO Survive the Transition Back to the USA?

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Not going to take it too seriously! So I am light, basically empty actually at the moment. Or at least my apartment and my social calendar are, having literally gotten off the plane to Miami from Playa del Carmen this Monday with my whole life in nothing but three suitcases (and one was my Biomat, so really two suitcases if you want to split hairs). I thought that moving to Miami, back to my birth country, would be a piece of cake. After all I am deep down American somewhere in there. But I have to admit this transition is kicking my bum. Wow, America, when did you get so big? Swish is an American company, with our proclaimed headquarters in Chicago, IL where we are incorporated (and where us Swish ladies are originally from), but I myself have not lived in the US in over a decade. But I still thought coming back would be one of the easiest transitions I have done when compared to my nomad on steroids diving instructing years. I would cross continents without blinking an eye, waltz up barefoot to one dive shop after another and never worry at all it might not work out. So why such the hard transition now to Miami? Have I spent too long outside the US, country of capitalism at its best and our largest Swish market? I am here as Miami is a huge market for us here at Swish (if you want to carry Swish in your store or be a Swish rep, write me below pretty pretty please, and maybe meet me for a tea....and be my friend.....). We are expanding into retail, but as I sit here typing this on my mattress on the floor as I forgot how expensive it is to live here in the land of plenty so I will have no furniture for the foreseeable future (and I count myself lucky with a mattress, before it was an air mattress), I am worried perhaps too many years spent floating on a paddle board in the middle of the ocean has left me unprepared to navigate my own home country.

Bed is all I got!!!

Case in point, socially I have no idea what is going on. A dear friend of mine back in Playa del Carmen mentioned I should try Tinder, a new networking/dating app you can download to potentially meet people. I am indeed giving it a go in the spirit of getting myself out of my empty apartment and to put some outings on my calendar, but I think more research is needed before releasing myself back out there. For example, on a Tinder meet up last week, my new friend asked me if I like the Heat, as in the Miami Heat a basketball team which I later googled, to which I asked “the sun?". Needless to say, I was mortified. I also used liquid dish washer detergent in my dish washer which I also had to have my neighbor show my how to use so it did not blow up my apartment, it can blow up right?

When in doubt, I hit the beach which looks a lot like my Mayan Riviera so Marley and I feel at home. If you are here in Miami, come find and talk to me, I am the one doing crazy inversions in my Swish bikini with Marley our Swish mascot mini Schnauzer. So will this Swish mermaid survive in the urban jungle of Miami? Please stay tuned, even if rocky I predict my transition will at least be humorous.

Come find us!

On a more serious note, we are indeed expanding into retail, if you or someone is interested in becoming a Dealer or Sales Rep, please shoot us an email: chelsea@swishsuits.com.

Still gorgeous beach!

Going Green Swish Style is a Form of LOVE: How and why in the face of the trillion dollar fashion industry's wastefulness, we at Swish cultivate and express our personal eco-consciousness

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In an article by Beth Greer in July for the Huffington Post, it is stated that “poor working conditions, minimal environmental regulations, and child and slave labor are commonplace in the $1 trillion garment industry.” One of the largest problems, perhaps arguably the industry's problem period, is us consumers and our attitudes toward fashion and our apparel. We buy and buy to stay “in fashion” and on top of recent trends. In this way, here at Swish, we have sought to first change our own behaviour on a personal level.

 

Swish Ladies Take “Less is More” Pretty Seriously

Obviously being an apparel company, us Swish ladies are and have always been pretty into fashion. But being into fashion for us does not always translate to buying the newest Chanel (in fact I have only bought one designer bag in my life, an Louis Vuitton last year), it may be as simple as cutting up an old H&M shirt. One of our most basic concepts is to buy only items that we LOVE in effort to cut down on the amount we own and our closet turnover (using the bag example further, I have literally three bags: my large everyday amazing LV bag, a small dinner or night out over the shoulder Juicy Couture purse, and a super large oversized beach/all around adventure over the should bag recycled from old kiteboarding kites, this one is my favourite actually).

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(This bag was a gift from the Pro Kiter, Swish Team Member, and all around cool chica, Jessika Winkler, check her out!)

This “less is more” attitude was one of the founding concepts behind our ONE Line. The ONE Line is aptly named as such as you only need one article of the ONE Line to use in the gym, to grab coffee with your friend, or paddle board in the ocean! By making our ONE Line items multipurpose and high performance, you need fewer items in your closet, and we manufacturers need not make three items where one will suffice. A little more about why we love being eco.

We Love Water

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Sadly, it was reported in 2012 that “an estimated 17 to 20% of industrial water pollutioncomes from textile dyeing and treatment and an estimated 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles, many of which will be released into freshwater source,” The Guardian Sustainable Business. It is an interesting question for us here at Swish though, we are an aquatic company and we are using water to produce products for the water. To combat this, we have taken the following steps within our Swish machine:

 

1) All ONE Line and Swish Design Studio's (SDS) materials are located produced and sourced, we do not import anything we use in our Playa del Carmen factory.

 

2) All ONE Line and the SDS's products are locally made by Mexicans, our two factories here are family owned and operated and employ fair trade Mayan and Mexican labour.

 

3) All hangtags and any printing are made from recycled paper.

 

4) All wash care/size labels are made from fabric leftovers from other products.

 

5) The ONE Line principal of you need only ONE means less buying, fewer garments made, less waste produced.

 

6) Our wetsuits are Yamamoto neoprene which is made to order in Japan, meaning the all orders are custom and there is less waste in neoprene made that may sit there and need to be thrown out.

 

7) All our YKK zippers on our products are recycled YKKs.

8) Swish does not distribute printed materials of any kind and ALL business is done electronically.

9) Our internal business structure is global without our physical office presence, meaning less waste and overhead. We communicate via Skype and everything is electronic. We have our office headquarters and our business Swish investor Carolyn in Chicago, a fulfillment centre in Rockford, IL, our wetsuit factory is in Vancouver, CA, our SDS's two factories and offices are in Playa del Carmen, MX, our IT and web designer is based in Germany, and my other Swish Business parter, our South Pacific director and Swish Life Blogger Victoria lives in Thailand

Yamamoto Neoprene: Does being made from Limestone make our wetsuits eco?

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There is some debate out there about companies calling themselves eco and green, when perhaps they are not fully. We here at Swish think this is deprecating and that all companies making any efforts at all to be more gentle in their environmental impact should be celebrated and rewarded! This leads me to the current debate around Yamamoto neoprene and its being a more Eco-consious choice of neoprene. Most of you out there reading this probably already know that we here at Swish use only Yamamoto neoprene, neoprene that is famous for being made from limestone instead of typical neoprene which is made from petrol. Aside from the irrefutable fact that any product not contributing to the oil industry is inherently more eco, limestone mining still uses oil dependent machines and limestone is still a non-renewable source. As Patagonia and Seventh Wave wetsuits put it, ultimately perhaps just using Yamamoto neoprene does not guarantee you are making a fully green wetsuit, but, we here at Swish sure as h$*$% see it as the only green alternative! A little more about Yamamoto neoprene revels that it is a more conscious choice of wetsuit material than its petrol brother:

  1. The limestone in Yamamoto neoprene is mined and heated at high temps, however, Yamamoto states that its production process uses one-tenth of the heat used in refining petroleum. Furthermore, this heat used is created by burning old used tires as well as hydroelectrically sourced from several locals dams. All heat waste is reused at a local eel nursery. Cool eh?
  2. Yamamoto neoprene is also warmer, for example our 3mm is warmer than any 4mm and is often still warmer than many 5mm suits out there. Because of the higher micro cell structure of limestone based neoprene, it means that less limestone and material is used to make the neoprene itself. Now what is not eco about that!
  3. Seventh Wave Wetsuits, make a great point in that since limestone based neoprene lasts 2-3 times longer than typical neoprene, it lowers wetsuit turnover rates and how many suits end up in landfills.
  4. Here is a little more about the material we use and love.

Eco is a Form of Love

To us Swish ladies, the whole concept of green and eco lies in our hearts. When you live the lifestyle that will demand the least you can from our earth, being eco is a mode of self expression! I am sitting here at a small family run cafe, I have with me one of my only three purses, my doggie, this macbook that I have had for 5 years, a glass used Voss water container I carry water around in, and my mode of transport which are my sandal-clad feet jeje! There are soooo many wonderful ways in which we can all do more with less, embrace it and get creative. Express your love and concern for our beautiful earth in your own unique way :).

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I bought a car this year, but since 2010 I used bike as my only means of transport, I used to bike from fabric market to our factory, to our silk screener a few times a day transporting all our ONE Line Items with me!

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Travel: How to Arrive Refreshed After a Long Flight

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We all have visions of arriving at our faraway destinations looking glamorous and refreshed; however, we normally end up arriving feeling and looking like a chipmunk that has been caught in a windstorm. . .  Bloating, fatigue, swollen limbs, and upset stomachs are a few common complaints after long flights.  Yeah, not too pretty and also a bit of a bummer as everyone wants to look and feel good immediately on their arrival.  I travel between The States, Mexico, Thailand, and Australia quite a bit, so over the years I have cultivated a few little rituals that can help relieve the nasty side effects of flying.  Here are a few tips for your trip that will help you arrive feeling normal. IMG_3134

1) Drink! No, not the fun stuff, try to stay away from that. . . Drink at least a liter of water for every 8 hours you travel.

2) Get an aisle seat! Feet and legs can swell up to the point where you look like you sprained them during long flights.  Having an aisle seat lets you get up and move around, as well as get to the bathroom.

3) Stretch and Invert!  Get up and touch your toes during your flight.  I am always the crazy girl doing yoga at the airport during my layover.  I recommend doing inversions which helps you depuff. Find a wall and do a handstand or headstand.  If you are not that limber simply lie down and put your feet up on the wall.

4) Eat healthy!  Don't eat the inflight food, it is not real food anyways.  Find something nutritious at the layover stop and eat that instead. I like to carry fruit and nuts with me on board, just make sure not to bring them into the next country.

5) Clean up! Brush your hair, brush your teeth, hell take a little shower in the sink if you want to!

These simple tips should make your arrival close to the Casablanca scenario that you imagine.

Feeling so good after my flight to Thailand that I can don a bikini on the ferry!

Janzu Water Massage: because us Mermaids like everything in the water the best!

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It is no secret that we Swish mermaids love anything and everything water, so when I was offered an intro Janzu Water Massage as a birthday gift from the beautiful and earthy America Vega Pascual, owner and operator of Relaha, a Holistic Center here in Playa del Carmen, MX, I said “H*%!& Yes!” RelaHa specializes in Water Therapy Janzu Massage, Holistic Massage, Reflexology, and Reiki: Relaha

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(America Wearing her Swish Janzu Jacket in the Ocean of the Riviera Maya)

America had approached me weeks ago, asking if we at Swish could create special jackets for Janzu massage. I didn't know anything about Janzu massage expect that it was in the water. After researching for the making of America's Janzu jacket, I found that water is an amazing place for body therapy. The water not only slows down movement and makes one feel weightless, but the water acts as an isolation therapy, blocking all sound and allowing the patient to fully let go. Many go into a sort of meditative state. Janzu is often seen as a rebirthing therapy, with the water representing the amniotic fluid of the womb, America told me that the Janzu massage will penetrate and release layers of your being and to expect vivid dreams and more sensitivity the following days.

Janzu can be done in a pool or the ocean, the most important aspect is warm water as you will  be immobile.

(Janzu can be done in a pool or the ocean, the most important aspect is warm water as you will be immobile.)

I am personally OBSESSED with massages, I trade teaching a massage therapist's yoga classes in exchange for massage every couple of weeks, but no previous massage prepared me for what I experienced in my Janzu. I felt like I was in a cocoon, and felt a more lasting sleepiness than I ever had. Normally from massage, I will recover within 20 in or so and feel normal, but my Janzu wiped me out for the rest of the day and I slept better than I ever have. I had vivid dreams, perhaps of old things in my consciousness needing to be let go.

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(Beautiful America in her Swish ONE Line Jacket in Purple on the beaches of Playa del Carmen)

America describes Janzu as “the art of letting go and learning to flow, to trust, and to connect with the source and know that everything is going to be ok and life has your back.” I certainly felt like America had my back during my massage with her amazing energy :)! I would recommend Janzu to anyone, and especially to you water lovers out there!

For more info on Janzu and/or holistic centers and therapies in Playa del Carmen please contact America here: vpa1012@gmail.com.

For info on ordering your own Janzu Massage Swish Jacket made exclusively for Janzu, please contact: chelsea@swishsuits.com.

 

 

Guest Blog: Skincare for Watersports Enthusiasts, by Emily from Sports Direct

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Hi Swish Readers! I know that you are all very active in the water, and if you are like me, it can take a toll on your skin!  Luckily for us, Emily Matthews from Sports Direct is guest blogging for us the week on the topic "Skincare for Watersports Enthusiasts!" Enjoy!

Bio

Emily Matthews works in ecommerce at Sports Direct. After graduating in design she now creates blogs and social media content specializing in watersports, including health, beauty, nutrition and training tips and advice for regular and causal water sport enthusiasts.

Skincare for Watersports Enthusiasts

Introduction

Water sports are very popular amongst all sorts of people, especially in the height of summer! There are a few ways of protecting your skin before, during and after taking part in sports such as diving, surfing and kayaking. There are no magical potions or top secret ways of ensuring your skin is left silky smooth and undamaged by the sea…but there are a few steps that it is important not too miss to avoid being left with dry, oily or burnt skin at the end of the day!

Victoria Wakeboarding

The Good

This is great news for acne sufferers or those with lingering scars. Salt water actually improves the appearance and helps to heal acne. The salt in the water gets rid of excess oil in the skin which helps the process of reducing scarring. Although, to avoid opposite effects it is vital you wash away all of the salt afterwards, as increased exposure to salt water or not completely removing the salt from your skin can see a reverse effect and cause acne! So, moderate use and exposure to salt water can work wonders for you skin!

 

The Bad

Water strips the healthy oils from your skin and can leave you feeling itchy and oily after being in the sea for a certain length of time. The skin realizes it is drier than it should be so starts to produce extra oils. To avoid your skin getting overly oily you should use plenty of waterproof moisturizing lotion before you head out to the waters. This acts as a protective barrier and is a quick solution to prevent your skins condition changing after your swim or time out in the sea. If the weather is hot you should also regularly apply sun cream as the salt water dries your skin out a lot faster in the sun, making you more prone to sun burn.

This may be dependent on the water activity you are part taking in, but chaffing can become a problem. This may be caused by skin on skin chaffing, fabric on skin chaffing or even hair on skin! If you are doing sports for a long period of time, chaffing being caused by one of these factors will effect your ability to finish your activity, so it is a good idea to prepare chaff prone areas by lubricating the skin with products containing either petroleum jelly or lanolin. Alternatively, waterproof medical tape also works effectively to avoid chaffing. Avoid walking around in a wet wetsuit for too long as the damp material will cause you to chaff.

 

The Ugly

Okay, so perhaps not ugly, but the long term affects you may see if you don’t follow this step! The salty sea water will cause you to burn quicker in the sun so the one thing to remember is to get yourself dry as soon as possible when you come out of the water! It is best to have a shower in fresh water to get rid of all the salt, but not all beaches and water sport areas have showers ready for you to use. Taking a big bottle of water is a handy alternative to rinse yourself down then dry off. Not drying yourself straight away will not only make you vulnerable to sun burn, but the long term effects will leave you with pigmented, chapped and flaky skin. This is not a good look and for regular water sport enthusiasts who don’t dry off properly when they leave the water, they will start to see signs of aging a lot early than they had perhaps planned!

Soaking up the sun in Koh Phangan

Conclusion

So these are just a few safety measures to think about whilst you are taking part in water activities this summer. You can still have as much fun as you want, just remember to stay topped up with sun block and dry yourself straight away!

Tales From Vietnam: All those historical things (HUE)

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Ok so we left off with Kate and I hopping on a 15 hour bus from Hanoi heading south to Hue which was imperial capital of the Nguyễn Dynasty. Unfortunately the bus was one of those "Victoria is too big for Asia" situations, but Kate had me laughing and we managed to stay in high spirits throughout the trip.

Hue is a UNESCO world heritage site due to it's historical monuments. Unfortunately it is right near the border of North and South Vietnam and most historical sites have been heavily damaged by fire from American troops during the Vietnam War. After the fighting ceased, they were neglected as they were seen as a relic of the old feudal regime; however, today there is a push to restore the old monuments and much success has been had already with the citadel.  I was very lucky as I had my own personal tour guide in Kate who had majored in Political Science and East Asian Studies. After we checked into our hostel we headed out to see the sites!

We first went took a boat to the old family gardens which were lovely and showed off a lot of the local fruit plants!

Then we headed to Thien Mu Pagoda, which is regarded as a symbol of the ancient city.  The temple was started in 1601 and is still a practicing Buddhist temple. In 1963 the pagoda was a site for anti-government protests due to the Presidents discrimination of Buddhism and the temple now houses the car in which Thich Quang Duc drove to Saigon to burn himself in protest.

After all the site seeing we decided to take a little bike ride back to the hostel on the other side of the perfume river and thus we formed: Bike gang 3.0 (yes the short shorts were still there for those of you who have seen our other bike gangs).

The next morning we went to the citadel, which was the imperial city and home to the emperor and only his family, concubines, and associates were allowed in.  Punishment for trespassing on these grounds was death.  It was truly amazing to walk in through the gates and we were transported back in time. Assisted by my hangover, I started playing make believe with my highly active imagination. Kate was laughing but others were not so amused as I was really getting involved.

Afterwards we went on a street food extravaganza including, but not limited to, Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle soup), Bun Bo Gio Heo (cold rice noodles with herbs sauce and pork), and of course. . . the perfect pancake!

The next day, Kate went to the tombs and I went for a run around the city, and then to work!

Tune in for more tales of Vietnam when we go to beach it up!

Tales from Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Hue

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So as I am sure that you have all already realized, I have left my amazing home in Mexico and am doing the Asia thing for a while which is great! I currently took a trip around Vietnam with my best friend Kate (who you all know from her appearance on this blog: http://blog.swishsuits.com/open-water-diver-learning/). Kate was working in China and I had just moved back to Thailand and since we had never been to Vietnam we decided to meet up and backpack around.

 

Let me preface this post with saying that I have never been backpacking before, I have traveled extensively, just never in a backpacking scenario. To help me cope Kate and I came up with a few rules:

rule 1) NO KAROKE (this is an absolute)

rule 2) If I ask you where you are from and you respond "I am a citizen of the world" I get to slap you. . . open hand style. . .

rule 3) If you tell me you practice the religion of Confucianism. . . I also get to slap you.

I met Kate in Hanoi, where we spent two days getting set up and doing a bit of planning for our trip. I loved Vietnam right of the bat. I found that the vibe was more mellow than I expected and very genuine.

From Hanoi we headed to Ha Long Bay which is a series of limestone monolithic islands. We took a boat from the harbor and spent our first day cruising around and taking in the stunning scenery.

We also visited the largest grotto in the area which is Thien Cung grotto. I think that you all know how I feel about caves by now, so I was pumped to go see it! The cave is dry now and no longer dripping water but the decoration was truly spectacular if not slightly marred by the hokey colored lights. I kept on asking if the cave would ever be underwater again and if so when? Which I think confused our guide slightly.

We spent a fun night on the boat diving off the top and going intense squidding (I turned out the be an excellent squidder and provided for the boat).  We also spent a night on Cats Ba Island, where we went on a little excursion. Kate and I also bonded strongly over a rat murder. . .

Scene: Intense movement and noise where what looks like a small cat runs by us chased by a dog. Kate, Victoria, and others are sitting in the street watching with curiosity. Group identifies small cat as rat. Dog battles and eventually flings big rat 10 feet into the air where it lands dead in the gutter. Buff Danish boys squeal and jump on tiny plastic chairs which then collapse. Tiny lady walks by, kicks rat, and makes sleeping gesture with hands. . . Kate and Victoria fall over laughing. . . . Yeah it was intense. . .

After Ha Long Bay we went back to Hanoi to take our first 15 hour night bus to Hue. . . which is where this story ends, but do not worry dear Swish reader, there is more to come. . .

Remember, I am a little bit in love with all of you. . . Until next time!

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Greetings from Halong Bay Vietnam!

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Hello all! Sorry if the posts have been a bit sporadic lately! I am on a mini adventure vacation with my friend Kate at the moment who you will know from her open water video with Swish! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s0Wg9kKiwc&feature=channel_video_title[/youtube]

We are traveling in Vietnam at the moment and are sending you some greetings from Halong Bay.

Vietnam Vacation: Greetings from Halong Bay

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We have recently bonded over a rat murder and are now headed onto a 15 hour death bus to Hue! Check in here for recent updates and photos of our adventures in Vietnam. As always you can reach me at victoria@swishsuits.com with any questions or comments. Or send me your travel stories and pics and you can be a part of our blog as well!

 

Cheers my lovely readers! I have a bus to catch! ;)