It seems a common practise to give your cave a name. The question then was how would we go about choosing names for our caves ?
We loved the idea of choosing names for our caves, it’s so much more personal than simply having a house number. There is almost has a fairy tale feel to it (as is living in a cave if we’re to be honest), but with that thought comes a feeling of responsibility in getting it right.
We decided that the names should in some way reflect how we came to this point in our lives.
So how did we end up choosing names for our caves ?
The Primary Cave
Water and more specifically the Oceans have without doubt had a significant impact on our lives.
We first learnt to dive in a cold, murky quarry in the UK at the end of January in water temperatures of 5C (41F) and haven’t really looked back. A great dive club coupled with the adventure of dive holidays within the UK (well for me anyway), as well as in Spain and the Red Sea ultimately led to me becoming a Diving Instructor and Josie becoming a Dive Master.
Deciding that we wanted to turn a passion into a career meant the big move of selling up my business, renting out our house and moving abroad to Gozo (Malta) to work as Dive Instructor and dive guide respectively. A first season and tough indoctrination into the world of the diving professional didn’t dent our enthusiasm.
The winter months of 2005 saw us travelling and diving in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and saw our first (and my last) foray into the world of Freediving. Back in the UK I started to pursue my interest in cave diving, taking initial courses in the flooded quartz and coal mines of Wales.
After a second season in Gozo (during which time Josie became an Instructor) we moved to the Turks and Caicos working at the Beaches Resort again as Dive Instructors. Within a year I had moved to Dive Provo, learnt to drive a dive boat and then became Operations Manager … 9 years later I am still there. Josie also changed companies working for an eco company.
In her down time she travelled to Florida and the Bahamas to continue her passion for Freediving, before eventually travelling to Dahab, Egypt to complete her Freediving Instructor course. Upon her return to the Turks and Caicos she changed her passion for Freediving into a career, setting up Freedive Provo.
I continued with my cave diving training, becoming both a full cave diver and trimix cave diver at the famous fresh water caves of Florida.
There were subsequent cave diving trips to the Florida, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Bahamas
Dive trips still continued, seeing us diving in the Bahamas, Hawaii, The Galápagos, California, Truk Lagoon, Palau, Yap, Alaska (me only), Dominica, Mexico, Easter Islands, Costa Rica and Panama.
Then in a move that even I couldn’t have imagined Josie became a professional mermaid.
Thus, Bella was born !
We have been lucky enough to see diverse reefs, historic wrecks and amazing marine life.
We have had the privilege of having dived with among others things – great white sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, humpback whales, penguins, hammerheads … the list is endless as are the memories.
Did I say that water has played an important part in our lives ?
So, in conclusion we decided that there was no more fitting a name for the main cave house than
… Cueva Océano.
The Proposed Rental Cave
The second name took a little more thought, but is a little shorter in the telling !
During a month of travelling around Peru back in 2012, we first starting thinking about where we would go and indeed what we would do when we eventually left the Turks and Caicos.
We came up with several different ideas, however, it was whilst we were eating lunch on an Inca agricultural terrace that overlooked Machu Picchu that we decided that Spain would be our future home.
Hence we decided to name our second cave … Cueva Inca.
So there is the story on how we decided on the names for our caves.
I am sure that behind every cave name there is a story and we would love to hear how other people came to name their caves.
So … Who are one foot in the cave ?
We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂
5 words related to this blog entry …
To be Called/be Named – Llamarse
To Dive – Bucear
Mermaid – La Sirena
Ocean – Océano
To Travel – Viajar