Day 9-10: Scramcakes and Devil Rays

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

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Day 9:

So glad I went home at a semi reasonable hour last night. Alcohol, heat and no sleep do not mix well! I ended up getting a bit later than usual and walked in with Lee, we were literally about to be late. This at rich coast means you're automatically doing the close that night. Thankfully Carlos and his brother pulled up and gave us a lift just as I was about to attempt to hitchhike!

Today I had my buoyancy dive which basically entails you having to do some exercises without touching the bottom and basically floating in a seated position. Think of Buddha, but less fat...and underwater. It takes a while getting into a good position for that, a lot of people end up upside down or just flat on their arse on the floor, but you know practice and all that. And having the right weight (which I did not) often helps! After we basically swam around and watched some fish fight, which is always amusing, especially as Julian kept telling them off. Downside of diving today, it was utterly freezing, I was cold for 30 minutes AFTER I got out of the boat and I was sat in the sun. I had two wetsuits on and later a hood, which made it marginally better. BRR.

We did our second dive with a group of DSD's which is a discover scuba dive. You still do pool work and so on but don't get certified. They were lovely but oh my. Does anyone remember that Chinese girl on my open water course? The one who had terrible buoyancy and basically attacked everything around her? Imagine 4 people like that. It felt so claustrophobic because there were so many of them flailing about, I was just like get me away! Bless. I finally got to see the clown shrimp, it is so cute! And purty :) Maurin also found us the cutest sharks. There were like 4 baby ones in a little crevice with tons of red fish, they were so adorable. I am officially the turtle lady as I spotted a lovely one on the surface today and we were treated with a huge devil ray jumping out of the water, I've never seen that before and it was amazing!! We also had dolphins, pretty awesome day on the surface really.

Thanks to Facebook I found out it was pancake today! Thanks guys! I was not going to have pancake day just because I was in Costa Rica, I love pancake day! So me, Tom and Laura decided to do dinner and pancakes. Unfortunately I had to do something I despise and buy a mixture because I am poor and didn't think I would get through the smallest egg box size of 12. It did still require eggs though but I managed to do the proper US neighbour thing and borrow some from my American next door neighbours.

Tom and Laura cooked us a really nice stir fry and then I attempted to make pancakes. I am now very glad I didn't try and make awesome ones or buy the ingredients separately because it wasn't so successful...firstly non stick pans really are a necessity and secondly it turned out we had no sugar. So maybe 40 minutes of me slaving away over a boiling hot pan in a ridiculous temperatures I created lime and honey 'scramcakes' so named because they are pancakes but look like scrambled eggs. I'm totally creating a new dish rather than saying it was a failure. But yeah non stick pans all the way!

Day 10:

More diving today, doing it all the time is pretty knackering. Your always doing something, loading the boat, swimming, picking up tanks (which are like 18KGs a go) and in the ridiculously hot sun which is also super draining. You can't beat diving though, it's pretty damn awesome.

Today I'm diving with Tom who is on his first dive back after breaking his ribs, a test dive if you will. He did keep rushing me though as he said I need to be quicker, I definitely agree but usually rushing, I take longer because I make mistakes. We saw some more devil rays jumping out of the water today and I managed to take an ok picture of one, I seriously love them, they're so cool!

We eventually got in the water and typically after just forking out $60 on a hood because it's so bloody cold it was now warm. But the visibility was terrible, like literally a metre or two. I would be looking at something for ten seconds or so and I'd turn around and I couldn't see anyone anymore. So it's gone from freezing with great visibility to warm and you can't see anything in the space of 24 hours! Tom and I ended up doing bits of 3 sites by accident and having to do a super long surface swim back to the boat! Also tiring! My beloved regulator (the thing you breathe from) broke though so I had to change it. Boo!

The second dive we ended up doing something similar but this time it was because the boat had moved. We did have a devil ray jumping out next to us in the water though which was extremely cool. After all of the swimming and so on I was knackered. I went home after work, had a short nap and did some reading for my shark speciality. Luckily it was pretty interesting and I had never realised how many shark species were now endangered and how many get killed every year (average 35 million) for stupid things like soup. If you want to help please go here and sign the petition to help the sharks:

I now have tons and tons of reading to do as I have my rescue diver book and I'm doing two specialities (search & rescue and deep) next week. I have to learn to tie KNOTS and navigate. So this is going to go well!
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