I'm surrounded by hippies

Trip Start Jun 30, 2004
Trip End Feb 14, 2005

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

So yeah

5 dives doing the advanced dive course (allows you to dive deeper and do other things). That's a good deal and when i am done, it should bring me up to 11 or 12 dives. Which is all good. All of the dives are around the Julian Rocks, which is amongst the 10 best sites in Australia. But then, there not gonna say its one of the worse are they?

First dive? Saw some leopard sharks, 1 of which I was nearly touching (they just lay on the sea bed), a sea turtle, cuttlefish, and loads of other random fishy type things.

Second Dive? Navigation!! Passed with flying colours. Like fetching a stick, but without being a dog!

Third dive? Marine ID!! Drawing fish underwater.....is actually quite difficult, despite my 'superior than any other mortal being' drawing skills. Opted for easy little fish!!! Looked like I drew it when I was 2. At one point, I was choosing which fish to draw, when I looked up and couldn't see my dive partner, or anyone for that matter. The moment you realise you are on your own at the bottom of the sea, miles out form the shore, the worst thing to possibly think is shark.....DOH!!! Luckily I could see what looked like a tank behind a rock and swam towards it. As I arrived, they just turned around to see if I was there. Phew!!

Fourth Dive? Deep Dive!! Awesome, although I did have to get up at 6:30am to do it. And I didn't get much sleep due to zee Germans partying outside my door till 4 in the morning, despite being told to shut it. Gits!! Didn't go as deep as I thought, but saw a plastic bottle completely crushed as we swam through pressure groups (that's going lower in English. Had to answer some questions at the bottom of the sea (the pressure affects ability to think clearly and slows reaction time. I'm surprised I passed the math questions, although it did take me a minute to do simple math (that's ok, it was meant to happen........honest!!)

Fifth dive? Drift Dive. Was cool. Its just about riding the current and coming out of the ocean at a different point than what you entered. Best one by far as I saw the biggest sea turtle EVER. Eating away on something (looked like coral...healthy for teeth and gums) down this canyon/rock formation thing. Well, we went down the canyon and I was INCHES away from this turtles head. It was as big as.....a really big turtle head. I was chuffed!! Just kinda hovered above his head for a minute or so, in complete awe. Man, scuba diving rules!!!

Apart from that? All things remain at a leisurely pace here in Byron Bay. They say it grows on you and it does (i now love it). It only has 1 main street, but you feel that there is a lot more. Things that I didn't notice on first arriving. The copious amounts of self help courses and spiritual enlightenment courses, astrology, yoga and all manners of achieving high plains, by twisting your back, wrapping legs around body 4 times, before sticking toes in your ears. There seems to be a lot of it here, and although you can do these course anywhere in the world, Byron smells of it. The other night just wandering around, I saw some guy pitched in the street with his ' I stole it from NASA' telescope. He was offering passers by to see the rings of Saturn...FOR FREE. It doesn't get more hippy than that.

There has been more activity in the evenings with people making more music in the streets, as well as the buskers singing EXTRA loud over people down the road on bongos and didgeridoo's. It attracts a group of people dancing away as they are leaving the pubs and bars. It's all good.

Went to the cinema to watch 'Finding Neverland'. Didn't tell anyone I had a lump in my throat...............bugger!!!

Aside from that though, there doesn't seem to be too much to do here. Once you have seen all the shops and seen the beach(the nude beach has its 'benefits'), its up to you to either walk them repetitively or move on. You can drink in the bars every night, but it can be draining after some time.

So that's that then.


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