The Call Of The Wet & Wild

April 01, 2015

“The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea” mused Isak Dinesen in The Deluge at Nordeney, her tale of about self-invention and its role in resisting the impositions of others. 

Quite apt that this quote makes many an appearance on Pinterests, Tumblrs, and Instagrams of ‘modern-day aspiring mermaids’ - itself an online movement self-created by bored, wistful ocean lovers who spend a lot of time using social media curating this watery identity. Myself — although I am known for sitting on rocks and singing Ariel's reprise of ‘Part Of Your World’ I would never call myself a mermaid, I’m more of a dugong on the evolution scale. Isak Dinesen’s quote is one I live by although for me my personal cure for all malaises extends to most bodies of waters; the sea, lakes, lagoons, rivers… Don’t you tell me to not go chasing waterfalls, I’ll listen to whatever I want to. 

I’ve just switched my scarcely-used Pinterest boards from ‘private’ back to ‘public’ and started a ‘Wanderlust’ board to pin places I want to travel to. Soon I realised that most of my pins were of oceans, hot springs, swimming holes…in other words my picks were ‘Wet ’n Wild’. Perhaps I should rename my Pinterest board from Wanderlust to Waterlust? 





I’ve always had an obsession with water. For as long as I can remember, all my favourite dreams have involved water. A recurring dream is paddling serenely in a boat through flooded catacombs, the light shining though a few holes in the ceiling illuminating the ripples and making the reflections dance on the arches - like the Phantom’s hideout beneath the opera house. Once, as a child, my neighbourhood was devastated by a flood. The floodwater in my house was waist high, and oblivious to the filth I delightfully swam across my house, bumping into flotsam and jetsam.

One of my wishes for my dream home is an indoor pool on the ground floor that extends to a glass wall on the far end, so that I could have the feeling of swimming to the edge of the world. The most romantic thing I can think of is swimming to a lagoon in a cave and spending hours paddling, talking, and snuggling with my beloved. My favourite Disney song is Pocahontas's ‘Just Around The Riverbend’ (which for the record, I sing very well - ask me next time we’re in a kayak). My favourite stage in my favourite video game? The Underground Caverns in Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night - not just for the amazing theme  ‘Crystal Teardrops’. Absolute top scene of Princess Mononoke? When San takes Ashitaka to the sacred lake to be healed and they encounter the Forest Spirit (which strongly inspired Snow White And The Huntsman).

I’ve never felt this way about the other elements - fire, air, earth, and metal. Perhaps I’m so strongly attracted to water because my star signs are fire and I’m seeking balance in my life. I’m a Fire Tiger by the Chinese horoscope and a Leo (again, fire) by the Western horoscope. My fiery, blazing, destructive personality needs to be mellowed and balanced with water. Certainly, Michiekins (one of the few people who can calm me when I’m furious) and Henry are both Aquarius - the complimentary water to my fire. 

All this talk of water is making me long for another escape to somewhere blue and beautiful. I've had a nosy around Pinterest and found five of the world's most breathtaking, beautiful bodies of water that are now firmly on my bucket list 

1. BLUE LAGOON - GRINDAVIK, ICELAND



2. YUCATAN CAVE LAKE - MEXICO



3. GIOLA LAGOON - THASSOS, GREECE.




4. MELISSANI CAVE - KEFALONIA, GREECE



5. BLUE CAVES - ZAKYNTHOS, GREECE.


As is the 'pass the parcel' nature of Pinterest, it is hard for me to pin down the original source of these photos in this blog post so if you're the photographer or know who these pictures are by, please let me know and I'll credit them accordingly.

Have you been to any of these watery destinations? And if you have (you lucky thing) and have blogged about it, won't you link me to your blog posts in the comments form for me to pour over? Any suggestions to add to my Waterlust board are also very welcome - and if you're on Pinterest, follow me! I'm new to the game and I'm finding it very Pinteresting. x

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28 comments:

  1. Michelle OoiApril 01, 2015

    I wanna Greece again! Jom road trip in 18 years hhahahhaa

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  2. Why wait 18 years? Let's go next year! Never too early to show Mika the beauty of the natural world! We can dress him up in sailor outfits and we can wear matching nautical-chic get ups! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  3. Great suggestions! Makes me want to pack my bag and get on a plane right now. I'm going to Iceland next month, so I'll be able to cross the Blue Lagoon of the list very soon.

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  4. That is absolutely my favourite scene in Princess Mononoke too. If you want crystal waters (though a tad cold) closer to home you should visit Tresco on the Isles of Scilly - http://clubred.redonline.co.uk/partner/tresco-island - just off the end of Cornwall.


    Rosie xx

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  5. Spectacular and unusual post Jasiminne, I love your shot of the swings in the water. I'm lucky to have a view of water where I live, it's so relaxing

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  6. Ah lucky you Suze! A water view really is so calming. Do you live by the riverside? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  7. Isn't it such a wonderful scene! I love the animation of Mononoke Hime, and that song 'Harisumeta yumi no...' GOOSEBUMPS!

    I've heard about Tresco - Luxy went there and it looked amazing! - I can't believe something like that exists so close to London! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  8. Ahhh Jacintha lucky you! Enjoy the Blue Lagoon and please take lots of beautiful photos to share! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  9. I've been to one of the cenotes in Yucatan, I think it was the one pictured in your post (Ik Kil cenote). It was part of a bus tour to Chichen Itza pyramid. From above, it was quite frightening to see a huge hole in the ground with water inside. For whatever reason (can't remember, it was 10+ years ago) I didn't go down to water level and I live to regret it. It was mind boggling to think of caves connecting cenotes with the sea and how the Mayans were able to perform their ritual sacrifice deep into the water filled caves. I remember watching History Channel program on Yucatan cenotes and think, I've been there but I've never swim in it :(

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  10. All the more reason to return, Ren! It's completely understandable that you were intimidated - a huge, fathomless hole full of the ghosts of history and time, anyone would get the shivers! But now it's time to face the fears - so get yourself to Yucatan and DIVE IN! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  11. Yes I do, there's always something different to look at - cormorants, treasure seekers, canoeists!

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  12. let's go for a walk along the canal in Hackney when you get back? picture taking day out by the errr waterways of hackney....x


    The Awkward Blog

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  13. Sarah AutumnApril 01, 2015

    These are beautiful and very inspiring :)
    I grew up by the sea in Cornwall and I'm endlessly fascinated by it. Nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by the waves ^_^ I love to find wild swimming spots in rivers in England, especially now that I'm studying in Bath which isn't near the coast and there's some beautiful watering holes to be found in the quintessentially English countryside :D
    I'm a Cancerian and always thought my love of water was related to that but you've disproved that theory ^.^
    Your writing is wonderful - I enjoy your blog :)


    Sarah xxo | thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Oh I do love water, I can never be far away from the sea for long. I#ve been very lucky growing up just a half an hour walk from a beach. It's not a very nice beach but it's still the sea and there's still water.
    I've been to Zakynthos (though not the blue caves) and the water there is the clearest I've ever seen. It was glistening and warm and you could see the bottom. Honestly the most perfect water I've ever been on just off this tiny little island <3

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  15. I totally share you passion for water and have a lot of these places on my bucket list too. I haven't been to the Blue Lagoon but I loved Rachel's post about visiting: http://www.rachelphipps.com/2014/07/bathing-in-blue-lagoon-iceland.html

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  16. I believe myself to be a modern-day Nereid or Nymph, bred and birthed from the water, The tide itself in my veins, primordial blood ebbing & flowing. Hot red within but yearning for the deep blue. When entering the realm of water, gravity seems to waver and light bend, a whole other dimension, rippling below the surface... Your posts are always inspirational ;)

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  17. Beauty FollowerApril 03, 2015

    I ve been in all 3parts of Greece you are showing... was really great!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr

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  18. Ohhhh I'm going to read Rachel's post now, thank you! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  19. My boyfriend used to live right by the beach and even though the beach wasn't very nice it was, like you said, still the sea and there's still water. It was very calming to hear the waves and smell the salt air.

    I'd love to go to Zakynthos - have you got any blog posts to show me? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  20. Thank you Sarah, you're too kind!

    Cornwall is so beautiful, you're so lucky to grow up by the beach there! Do you have any English watering hole recommendations for me? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  21. YES! I did a photoshoot along Regent's Canal - walked from Limehouse Basin Marina all the way up to Mile End - I do love a good canal photo sesh! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  22. Not on Zakynthos no, it was years ago (when I was about 13) and I didn't have a camera yet!

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  23. YAAAAS wasn't that the blog post some article used your photos for without credit? (those jerks)

    I'm so jealous you're getting your salt water fix in Australia...all I got in Kuala Lumpur was my own sweat from running around in the heat ;( x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  24. Seriously though, when do you get back? I miss you so bad it's not even funny. x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  25. Catherine LuxApril 04, 2015

    IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN THE SEA! IT'S SOMETHING TO DO WITH BEING A MERMAID THAT YOU CAN CARRY WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES!


    Also I get back on 7th April xx

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  26. Catherine LuxApril 04, 2015

    YES! That one!! Assholes.


    x

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  27. Such a beautiful post. I'm a Taurus, but adore water too - definitely the element I'm most attracted to. I want a big bath tub in my house that I can swim in!


    Katie <3

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