Interview with Rika from Cubicle Throwdown

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1. What is your name, where are you from and where have you been in this world?

I’m Rika! I’m originally from Canada. I’ve been all over – traveled extensively in my massive home country, been to a few states in the USA, Japan, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Belize, the Bahamas, and Honduras. I currently live as an expat on a Caribbean island off the east coast of Honduras called Roatan.

 

2. What is your blog address? How long have you been blogging and what is the main focus of it?

You can find my blog at http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com. I’ve been rambling in my little corner of the internet since March 2012, when I decided to leave the corporate grind behind for something different. The main focus was chronicling my preparations for my ‘cubicle throwdown’ and my subsequent move to Roatan, and becoming a scuba diving instructor. It has now shifted to following my adventures living as an expat in a third world country!

 

3. Besides the basic essentials, what is something you simply could not live without on the road?

I think I always need my iPhone. I don’t know how to travel without it now. Maps, internet access, books, translator/currency apps, a camera…it has everything I need in one little package!  Brilliant!

 

4. How has travel enriched your life?

It has made me a lot less spoiled. I have witnessed such incredible poverty, it still shocks me. I’m grateful for being lucky enough to be born in Canada in a family that never worried where our next meal was coming from. I also cherish getting to learn a new language wherever I go – I’m a total language nerd. Working on Roatan’s infamous ‘Island English’ now…my Caribbean accent is coming along!

 

5. Of all the cities you have ever visited, which one left the largest impression on you and why?

Definitely Kyoto, Japan. After the craziness of visiting Tokyo, Kyoto was like a breath of fresh air and a step back in time. I was in Arashiyama wandering in a bamboo forest and ran straight into a real geisha. I’ll never forget that. So surreal. Everything there is precise and purposefully beautiful. Japan has a place in my heart that nowhere else will ever take.

 

6. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?

I’d like to be Richard Branson. Jets, parties, private islands, spaceships (??) … that guy seems like he has a fun life, hey?

 

7. In a perfect world, where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?

I would love to continue living around the world in different places and working as a dive instructor…and blogging all about it! Some places I’m mulling over for my next move are Saba, Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan.

 

8. If you had 1 travel tip to share with the world, what would it be?

Don’t wait. Just don’t. I know you think you have things holding you back, but lots of other people have had the same things tying them down and they made it happen. You can too.

 

9. What stands out as your best and worst travel memory?

Best: Learning how to scuba dive in Roatan. I love the ocean, and finally learning to dive was my biggest dream come true! I’m so lucky that I get to do it every day for a living now.

Worst: Definitely parasites and horrific food poisoning in Peru. I’ve never been so sick in my life. I was miserable!!

 

10. Please list 2 of your most popular blog posts:

My most popular blog post is ‘Tipping Guidelines for Diving on Roatan’ (http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com/2013/01/tipping-guidelines-for-diving-on-roatan.html) – a LOT of people are looking for this kind of info before going on holiday here. I took it upon myself to get it out there on the internet, since it directly affects whether I eat some weeks or not.

The second most popular post is ‘Where in the World is Rika?’ (http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com/2013/01/where-in-world-is-rika.html) – this post came after I was offered a last-minute private dive instructor position on a megayacht that was moored where I was working in Roatan. They asked me to leave Roatan and finish the yacht trip with them, and I said YES! This post goes over my mysterious disappearance and how I ended up in Miami for 6 weeks after the boat docked.

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