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Published: June 19th 2011
Up early, had breakfast in our hostel, scrambled eggs with the typical onions & tomatoes, & off to the dive shop. I had a circular conversation with one of the girls that works in the hostel where I asked if breakfast was included with the room & she never said yes but she never said no & I asked 3 different ways without getting an answer ( I guess that should have indicated that we were paying for breakfast...).
We got situated at the dive shop, got our gear, met our DM's & our group for the day & off to the boat we went. The boats are all accessed on the beach & our boat is teeny tiny. Probably one of the smallest dive boat we've been on. But, it does the trick, it was cozy. We headed out to the island offshore & got set up for our first dive. Our first dive was really great. Nothing super amazing, but back to the Caribbean & all the colorful fish. There has been so much rain in Colombia the past few months it is affecting the visibility in the Caribbean too. There was a greenish hazy layer on the
first few feet of water but it cleared up a bit below & visibility was pretty ok.
We did our surface interval on a little beach where they gave us sandwiches & mango & cookies (Muuuuu's, yummy vanilla flavored cookies). This dive shop brings out their waterproof cameras & takes pics during the dives which is really fun.
Our second dive was also good. We saw more octopus, which I absolutely love love love. Geoff has become a skilled seeker of octopus & little cute fish. We learned on this dive that octopus are not good housekeepers & outside their little holes they leave all the remains of whatever they've been eating, like clamshells & oyster shells. So now we have another clue as to how to find them. There was an abundance of fireworms out, it must be mating season. We found another set of Sea Goddess Nudibranchs (each les than an inch long) mating. They're so pretty & colorful. Then we headed back up.
We decided to dive tomorrow to get dive 79 & 80. May as well end on an even number...
After diving we headed back to the hostel where I called our
bank to find out what the heck was going on with our debit card since we still can't get money anywhere. I was told that they put a hold on it because we had extended our trip but hadn't let them know. Shessh. I wish the last girl I spoke with in Cartagena would have mentioned that, we could have saved a lot of time & headaches. Oh well. We're set now, we just have to get money.
Geoff went out & brought us back some lunch while I was phone banking. Then we headed out to the beach. The beach here is more like a gravel strip of land with a lot of garbage on it. It's still so sad to me how people don't respect their own land & just toss garbage out to the sea. It makes me sad. But, we managed to sit & enjoy the afternoon sun & read our books. While sitting there an older guy & his son played guitar & sang songs. They were really good. The dad played traditional guitar while the son would do raplike music to the guitar. It was really interesting, in a good way. Once we'd
had our fill of sun we headed in & got cleaned up.
For dinner we had some street vendor food, an arepa filled with chicken & guacamole & cheese & salsa. It was yummy. Then we headed home & had an early night to sleep. Excited about diving tomorrow but sad that it will be our last day of warm water diving for some time....
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