The Metropol, Moscow

The incredible dining room at the Metropol Hotel. The breakfast buffet is unbelievable.

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From Vomit to Underwear

If we’re ever audited by the Internal Revenue Service, there is sure to be some chuckling at our expense reports.  We’re probably one of the few companies in the world that’s been required to pay for “vomit”.  (Please get plenty of rest the night before your MiG flight, remember to eat breakfast, and consider taking anti-motion sickness medication if you think there’s a chance extra cockpit and flight suit cleaning will be required after your flying adventure.)

We also pay for “underwear”….the full body garment, similar to “long underwear” that is worn beneath a Russian flight suit to absorb the sweat produced by a whole lot of adrenaline.

 

Celebrity Shark Divers

 

A March 18 edition of “The Sports Buzz” features their favorite “unseen” photos from wrestling’s WWE.  I love that one of their favorite pictures features the Undertaker, uncharacteristically smiling.  That’s because he’s standing on our Bahamas Shark boat next to our very own Sharky Jillian!  He went shark diving at Tiger Beach with Incredible Adventures several years ago and loved it.

Racing legend Jeff Gordon is another sports celebrity to experience the thrill of diving with Tiger Sharks.  Video of his dive is featured on a video he produced together with Pepsi.

Our next Tiger Shark Adventure is set for April 2nd.  You don’t have to be a celebrity to join us!

Lots of Sharks, a Shallow Sandy Ocean Floor, and Clear Blue Water

On April 2nd, 3rd and 4th, we’ll be taking lucky shark lovers to “Tiger Beach”, a very special “shallow spot”, located roughly 20 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama Island’s  West End.  (I say “we”, but what I really mean is our incredible shark dive team.  I’ll still be in Russia, watching IA clients drive tanks and such and getting my fill of borscht.  Given how seasick I get in elevators, I’m content staying dry and looking at shark photos.)

The location is known worldwide for its population of large tiger sharks, reef sharks, lemon sharks and nurse sharks.  Lots of sharks, a shallow sandy ocean floor, and clear blue water combine to make it one of the best places in the world to go cage diving with sharks.

Grand Bahama is not nearly as well-known as its sharks.  Grand Bahama is one of the islands closest to Florida and is primarily experienced by cruise ship passengers making a quick stop on the way to somewhere else.   I love Grand Bahama precisely  because it hasn’t been overly crowded with tourists when I’ve visited.  (I also love any place where business meetings involve a Bahama Mama.)

There’s a ferry providing almost daily service between Ft Lauderdale and Freeport/Port Lucaya.  Florida boaters often make the easy trek over to the island. You can also book a seaplane flight over and add a little extra excitement to your shark adventure.  The Old Bahama Bay Resort website provides some great tips for traveling to the island.

(The famous Atlantis Resort is on Nassau, a different island.  If you visit Nassau and want to go shark diving at Tiger Beach, you’ll need to arrange a helicopter or small plane flight from Nassau over to Grand Bahama.)

Our shark trips depart from Old Bahama Bay Marina at the resort.  Our dock is about a 40 minute car or cab ride from Freeport/Port Lucaya.  You can stay onsite at the luxurious Old Bahama Bay Resort, or stay in town, if you prefer to be closer to the restaurants and nightlife of the city.

 

10 Days and Counting

When others are sitting down to Easter Dinner, I’ll be on a plane, heading to Moscow, where I’ll meet other members of IA’s leadership team. As a perk for “having” to work on a holiday weekend and being “forced” to fly halfway around the world (coach), we’ll be meeting and staying at the same luxurious five-star Metropol Hotel where our clients stay when they travel to Russia to fly our high-flying MiG-29.

I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at the Metropol once before. Located just next to Red Square and across the street from the famous Bolshoi Theatre, the Metropol is easily one of Moscow’s grandest hotels.  Built in 1905, the hotel has been featured in countless movies, including “Dr Zhivago” and “The Saint”.

After a day to review client itineraries and sleep away any jet lag, we’ll be entertaining a group of clients and potential international sales agents.

Here’s a little secret.  People think I travel all the time because, after all, I sell adventure.  The truth is, I rarely get out of the office, because I’m too busy selling adventures!

Until next time,

Jane