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Published: June 30th 2012
With the wind in my hair, the sun on my face and being beside the beach you would think that I would be happy, but I wasn’t. Unfortunately, being happy was proving difficult at this moment as rather than lying on the beach or swigging a beer, I was in the back of a truck. Who’s truck? to this day, we still have no idea, but as Donna and Lisa sat inside the truck trying to tell these random people (who we had accidentally hitchhiked with) where our cabana was, I was being thrown all over the place on the outside of it. I was a tad miffed!
To be fair, these people were amazingly friendly in giving us a lift even though they had no idea where our cabana was and after driving round aimlessly for a good 20 minutes, they even phoned the place for us in order to ask for directions. Eventually, we found the place and when thanking our courteous driver for all he had done for us, he simply told the girls ‘you’re nice…..good bodies’. My emotion immediately went back to being miffed along with being a tad creeped out!
So, finally, we were
there. The cabana was awesome and perfect for our needs over the next 5 nights. Although it was around a 20 minute walk to the town, the cabana overlooked the ocean from the top of a hill, and therefore we accepted the walk as part of our daily exercise, and enjoyed the view. That day, we did little but wander into town look around and stock up on some groceries. Pichi itself was pretty cool, although due to the bank holiday weekend, it was bustling with people which initially, we wasn’t huge fans of.
Whilst here, we had very little in the way of plans. The main reason for coming here was to get some sun, hang out on the beach and to chill in our little cabana, and that’s pretty much what we did. We wasn’t here to party as such, and so when we saw how busy the weekend was, we decided against hitting the bars and clubs, and to wait for Tuesday when it would be a tad more mellow. When Tuesday came, we got our wish, and a wise man once said ‘Be careful what you wish for’ Pichi went from being a busy bustling
place to a ghost town. Just like that, it was dead. But, we were undeterred, and decided that today would be a good day for a pub crawl. Maybe that’s where everyone would be hiding. So, after a glance at our guide book, we headed straight for the best sounding ‘pub’ to start our crawl. We was a little confused when we arrived as the pub looked much more like a French bistro than somewhere you could drink. Still, we were here now and so we were going to have ourselves a pub crawl! This place was a little lacking in atmosphere to be honest, but considering there was only 4 people in there, it was to be expected I suppose (the other person was the barstaff!). We decided from then that the theme to the crawl was that we could only go to places where there was no one else in them but us. Unfortunately, due to the lack of open pubs in Pichi, we only managed two more after this and one of them was less a pub and more a restaurant really….but hey, they were still empty as we wanted, and we had a good laugh and
a great day!
The only thing we did apart from the walk to and from the cabana was to all have a surf lesson. Apart from the one ‘lesson’ I had way back in El Salvador, this would be my first, and for the girls, this would be a brand new experience. So, we found a place open with an instructor, hired all the gear, and we were ready to go. After some instruction on the beach about technique and where to lay on the surf board, we were quickly into the shallow water and trying to catch some waves. It was FREEZING! We had been warned that the water was a little cold at this time of the year, but it really was cold in there! Donna being a little scared of the sea took a while to get in, however after watching Lisa and I attempt to stand for a little while without drowning, she bravely got in and gave it a go. After 20 minutes or so of not doing much, Donna finally tried to stand up, but was quickly off the board and into the water. It doesn’t sound like much, but due to Donna’s
dislike of the sea, I was very proud of her. Once Donna was out, Lisa and I along with our instructor got into the bigger waves, and after a lot of stumbles and plenty of wipe-outs, Lisa and I both managed to stand up for a while on the boards!! Considering this was Lisa’s official first time out on the waves this was an amazing achievement! For me, I am now officially hooked on surfing, and will be attempting to surf whenever and wherever I can!
After the surfing and like most other nights, we got back to the cabana, got dinner going and had a few games of shithead (the card game). From the first night we decided to make things more interesting and instead of just playing for fun, we decided to play for a forfeit. Fortunately, the forfeit wasn’t anything too bad, and so we simply played for who had to wake up and make breakfast for everybody in the morning. Now, either the girls are amazing at cards, I’m terrible at cards, or the girls are cheats, as each and every evening I lost, and therefore for the entire stay in the cabana, the ladies
were treated to breakfast a la Mike…….
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