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Published: March 29th 2012
We woke up at 6.00 am, stuffed all our things back into their stuff sacks FOR THE FINAL TIME, dismantled our tent (Yea!!), sorted our clothes out for the day and got our laundry together from our bags in the locker on the bus, cooked breakfast (porridge) and heated water for hot drinks and afterwards, walked into the town twenty minutes away. (The towns are always twenty minutes walk away!!) We dropped off our washing at a local laundry for collection at 5.00 pm and walked down to the quayside where a schooner (but with pretend sails and an engine) was awaiting our group and other tourists for a boat trip to the local islands for sunbathing, swimming and beaches. Ivan and Dave went shopping previously and carted freezer boxes full of ice, beer and the local spirit to make 'caiprinha' for everyone. This is a very strong liqueur drink mixed with limes and ice - a little like a mojito. Jo really liked it but Ed wasn't impressed and preferred a beer. Needless to say, as the caiprinha was 'unlimited', most of the group got fairly merry. There was a good singer with a guitar on board and a lunch
of some local fish, rice and salad which was very good. Unfortunately, the weather was a little disappointing and although many of our group swam off the boat, one of the planned island stops had to be abandoned due to the strong winds. It was fairly chilly too and Ed sat with his towel round him while Jo donned her waterproof cagoul to keep warm enough. All in all, it was a pleasant enough trip and the island beaches were very pretty and the scenery reminded us somewhat of the scenery off the coast of Koh Samui, Thailand.
We arrived back at the harbour at around 4.00, collected our nice clean washing and went back to the camp site, collected our luggage and dragged it 200 metres up the road to the hostel where most people had opted to stay in dorms. We opted for a private room with air-con and shower for a small additional fee. The shower room is very small. It is really a toilet with a basin opposite, a drain in the floor and a shower mid-point between the toilet and the basin - a 'wet room' in more ways than one! There is a mini cupboard in the wall by the toilet in which the paper is hidden so it doesn't get wet when the cupboard is closed!
'All you can eat pizza' followed at dinner-time with the waitress bringing slices of pizza with different toppings as they came out of the oven. This was really very good and we probably both ate more than we should have done. We also drank most of our bottle of wine from the fridge, offering some to a couple of others.
An early night followed as we were desperate to catch up on the sleep lost the night before. This was made even earlier by Ed whose watch was wrong and managed to convince Jo that it was half an hour later than it actually was!
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