I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. Formerly, I was a University Lecturer and private College Consultant. I have hit midlife and the empty nest, so traveling (and diving and seeing animals) is my passion; I'd like to share my adventures!. I am a person that things just...happen to, which is why I included trials and tribulations in the title. As Tom Petty says, "I don't know... but I've been told... if you never slow down, you never grow old." Well, Tom, let's put that to the test. Journeys aren't always on the road, sometimes they land right in our laps, whether we want them to or not. It's always the journey that counts, not the destination!