Over the past year I have met several families via this blog. Most get here because, like me, they want to know more about this place and usually hit a brick wall on the internet. Most of what you find pertains to the detainees, the camps, and some negative reports from reporters who judge the base solely on one 3 day visit. All I can say is don't believe everything you read and understand that what I "report" here is simply my point of view and experiences. Other's may have a completely different of life on the Naval Station Guantanamo.
That said, I have seen a few more people creating blogs about life here and many of the organizations on the installation have created FaceBook pages to help us stay abreast of events and activities. I will post those links here and hopefully reading about what goes on in GTMO and the opinions of others, those of you transitioning or even thinking about it will become a little more educated.
When we were moving to GTMO there was nothing out there. I found one FB page which lead me to a couple of people who were stationed here and they answered many of my million questions. I am thankful to have had them in my life, even if only for a short while after I moved here.
Anyway, these links will provide information about sporting events, activities, recreation, entertainment and some news and noteworthy events around the base.
As for me and my updates for this week. Hubby and I just finished our Advanced PADI Dive certification and it was great. The water was just right, the visibility was mostly OK, could have been better but I'm not complaining. We reached depths of up to 100 feet and saw the prettiest fish, a couple of sea turtles, a few lobsters and even managed to eliminate a few Lion Fish in an effort to save the reef. This invasive, non-native species is spreading through the Caribbean. They have no natural enemies here. They are said to be able to eat four times their weight each day. Native reef species don't recognize them as predators so they will swim right up to the lion fish and are quickly eaten. For this reason, many divers here will go prepared to hunt and kill the Lion Fish. But no worries, they can be eaten and they do taste pretty good.
Looking forward to some time off island with family and friends. Here are some photos from under the sea... Enjoy!