Day 5-6 - Rays, Turtles and Tequila

Trip Start Jan 10, 2013
Trip End Jun 06, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Friday, February 8, 2013

Day 5-

So I'm finally back on the boat for diving today :) I was meant to be doing my navigation dive today but Carlos, my instructor, is ill and cant take me. I'll never get this navigation thing out of the way. I'm also seriously hoping that after 3 nights in toothpaste my mask will actually work this time! The dives were pretty awesome to be fair, we saw the biggest stingray ever, it was huge. We see so many of them, I don't think I'll ever get bored of seeing them though. We went down to the wreck today I got really confused thinking it was the one I'd been to before but I remembered there were two. Unfortunately they're not too interesting at the moment but I don't think they're particularly old ones (they were purposely sunk to make a reef).

Going back to the rays I almost killed myself with laughter, literally, every time I laugh I flood my mask, when we were following some rays and Guayo, one of the divemasters, was in front of me. He was just chilling watching them when the ginormous sting ray from before just came over these rocks and headed straight for him, it scared the crap out of him and was hilarious to watch.

Today I am turtle lady because I saw 4 lovely turtles in one dive. One of them I managed to point out to everyone but the other 3 no one else saw despite me gesturing like a complete idiot in the vain hope that someone would look over. With one turtle everyone was about 3 metres away from me and I was swimming with the turtle for like 2 minutes whilst again gesturing dramatically. No one saw. I need to get something to bang my tank with!

My mask didn't fog up (yay!) but it did keep leaking on the second dive. I can't win!

Day 6-

I woke up feeling not great today, I was kind of feeling really weak and blocked up. Really hope I'm not getting ill. I was meant to be diving but ended up in the shop again as there was no one else in the shop. Somehow Lee has managed to get on the boat everyday and has jammily not managed to do a shop day yet. Not that I dislike the shop or anything, I actually enjoy it, I'm just impressed he's managed to escape doing it so far!

We mostly worked on a project aware (a PADI campaign to help the ocean/endangered species) charity weekend for manta rays and sharks. They did one last year and Brenda wants to do another. It sounds like a lot of fun actually. They do seminars, dinners, beach clean ups. We're going to do it Easter weekend so it will be busy!

I got Brenda to order me some fins today, I'm pretty excited to get my own purty ones. I've also managed to nab a new BCD (the inflatable jacket you wear for scuba) as it needs to be tested out/worn in. I do love my little shop owned Pilot one though but it's lovely getting a brand, new shiny one all for me.

I had to close down the shop today with Maurin, one of the local instructors and they've all persuaded me to go out tonight. Well it is my day off tomorrow! For once I am not completely exhausted so it should be fun, and pretty much everyone is going. I had the very difficult decision of choosing between the nearly two litre bottle of Smirnoff and tequila... Hard times huh. Going for the tequila was an excellent decision as I ended up throwing together the nicest frozen pineapple margaritas ever. Seriously they were amazing. After one at our apartment Lee and I went over to Tom and Laura's (they're house is so nice!) and met they're flatmate Sebastian and eventually headed to one of the only two bars to go to in Coco, Zi Lounge.

I soon found out about all of the mental stuff that had gone on the night before including one of them, Andrew, stealing a golf cart. It was actually a really awesome night, with ALOT of dancing. Seriously Costa Ricans know how to dance, and for a really long time! Michaela, a girl who had just finished her open water with us, was there with her friends and between her and Andrew they kept me suitably drunk for the whole night. Thanks guys!

At god knows what time we headed home. I had a go at Andrew for driving back and then when he pulled up in his tank of a car just when I was about to walk the last stretch of home alone, in the dark, I thought it would actually be safer to get in the car with him then go it alone! (I obviously do not condone drink driving but it's not sensible to walk around in the dark, alone and drunk anywhere!)
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