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I have been running around like a mad woman the last couple of weeks, all in preparation for today. Today two important things are happening. First of all, I've send out my visa application for the U.S.A. Those who have ever applied for a visa to the U.S. will know what a gruesome and exhausting task this can be. From emails to various people, to appointments with the bank, to every piece of paper you have provide them with. And this is only step one. The second thing is that I currently flying somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean on my way to Mexico. Finally. 6 weeks of diving, traveling, sunshine, blue water and hopefully also some peaceful bliss await me. I will mostly be staying in Xcalak this trip to finish my divemaster. Xcalak is the southern most town on the Mexican Caribbean coastline. Xcalak is the kind of place you dream about when people dream about Mexico. At least that's what my lovely friends who have recommended me this diveshop here. "Xcalak is the still the way the rest of he Mayan Riviera was over 20 years ago". Exactly like I want it. While there are beautiful places on the Mexican Caribbean coastline, there is no way around the ginormous amount of tourists that will want to enjoy the clear blue water and pristine white sand beaches just like you. I've had some great times in Tulum though when I was last in Mexico over 3 years ago, I just wouldn't go back there any time soon. Yet, the area without the tourists would be heavenly. So Xcalak sounds like the perfect place to go to get away and still enjoy some of the best things Mexico has to offer. My mind has been on overload the last couple of weeks, trying to figure everything out and busy arranging so many things and all I want to do right now is not even lay on a beach but put on scuba gear and plunge into the ocean and never come up again. The ocean always satisfies me and can make me forget about the rest of the world above the ocean. A different way of getting away. The Banco Chinchorro is also the largest coral atoll in the western hemisphere. Needless to say that this is exactly where I want (and need) to be right now.