69-70: A pretty awful day! (minus the beginning)

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

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Day 69:

Sunday in the shop is always quiet and today I ended up doing inventory again. Unfortunately they didn't seem to have kept my inventory from before when I added all the new stock to it so I had to do it again plus all of the even newer stock that had just come in, including about 200 tshirts. It's absolutely boiling today so I was just a sweaty mess whilst I did it all, and it took forever. I ended up getting really long break though as I'm closing tonight so I went home and immediately got the lilo back out! Jade, who was on our day off, came to join me as well as some people who are on holiday in their condos. Was pretty nice just floating around, drinking a beer and listening to music. Although Jade managed to break my new best friend, the lilo, nooooo.

The guys on holiday gave us some free red snapper to cook as well and told us it was all de-boned etc. Technically it was but it also still had the tail on and the skin, I have never done anything with fish really before so I was fairly clueless. We did an ok job together though and made a yum honey and cream fish dish that Esteban had cooked me before. So good! Jade also made us a chocolate, strawberry and banana ice cream shake so for once we felt like we'd eaten like normal people rather than poor DMT's!

On a bad note the red tide has come in today, which in simple terms make diving kind of rubbish. In a more complicated explanation it takes all of the oxygen out of the water and apparently lots of fish die including my puffers according to Guayo. Noooo not my puffer fish :(

Day 70:

I'm snorkel guiding again today and for once I'm not too happy about it. It's not that I don't want to snorkel it's more that there is a red tide which a) equals bad visibility, great for snorkelling b) smells and c) probably isn't that good for you to ingest which always happens when snorkelling. Thank god we got to Tortuga and it wasn't there! The first snorkel trip was actually pretty awesome, well for me anyway. The person I was with didn't want to free dive so didn't see as much as me (6 sharks, a turtle and TWO spotted eagle rays). I still found some sharks she could see though and one of the spotted eagle rays stayed shallow for ages so we just swam around with it for 5 or more minutes while it fed. Kind of awesome.

The second trip was crap. The red tide had come in and as we tried to get into the bay there was just wall after wall of jellyfish. I didn't think they stung but neither of us wanted to go through and test it. So we tried another area but it was really choppy and when I finally found a clear spot the red tide washed in. Mother trucker. So our second trip was more of a swimming trip but the first one was so good I think it made up for it. I've never been snorkelling and seen stuff that good.

As we were heading back I found out I would be staying on the boat for the IDC, say whatttt. I was frigging starving so had to run back to shore and then back to the boat again. Unfortunately, despite me putting my bag to one side, they had taken all of my gear back to shore so I ended up wearing fins 4 sizes to big and a mask that didn't fit my face, more on that later.

I was basically being an underwater assistant and apparently I had to set the buoy for the dive site...Now I've never done this before or seen this done before so it's kind of the equivalent of throwing a small child in the ocean and saying, "swim bitch". Down me and Maarten went anyway to find a spot, to be fair setting a buoy is fairly easy, but when you have tons of extra rope and no loose end I was kind of perplexed as to how I was meant to tie a knot. I can tie knots I guess ok but I was literally like, huh? Then we came up and there was a small knot at the top of the buoy which I was told was fine, apparently it wasn't and I had to undo it. The line was really tight though so I couldn't actually undo the knot holding the buoy to the rope so Martin eventually did it. Which was lucky really as I would have needed someone to actually hold the buoy while I undid the knot, octopus I am not.

Then under the water we went. The visibility was horrible and there was a really strong current. To try and keep together we all linked arms around my anchored buoy line. So remember the mask that didn't fit my face? Every couple of seconds so much water leaked in that I had to clear it. I was meant to paying attention and being an assistant, and having to clear my face about 4 times a minute whilst holding on with one, or two, arms of another person/s. I basically had gross red tide salt water around my nose for an hour, my mask was pissing me off and my neck hurt from attempting to clear my mask all the time. Cue us surfacing, me feeling like absolute crap (probably from not stopping and being in the sun all day plus swimming tons earlier, also likely I was feeling shit from ingesting red tide, polluted water, Mmm tasty), I therefore managed to skip out on their search and recovery part that I wasn't really needed for.

Later the others were meant to do an 800 metre swim which I actually have to do for my dive master. At the last minute Martin decided I was going to do it too. You know when you don't want to do something you have to do and you kind of imagine yourself cheering 'yay' sarcastically in your head. That was me. I started putting my wetsuit on even though I was still feeling ill and then I was like whoa hold on there buddy. My fins are FOUR sizes to big. Do you want me to take 4 hours? Haha. Just no, no, no all round. Thankfully I didn't have to do it, because it would have been ridiculous and I want to do good in it, not shit. Which is what would have happened if I was wearing the wrong fins. I probably would have ended up just giving up and floating until someone rescued me. Or I drowned.

Then I had to lift the anchor from where we were, I originally had it round (I can only describe it as this) the little silver thing you use to tie the rope to, to help me pull it up. Martin, correctly, made me move to the anchor side but took it off the silver thing (seriously what is this called?!). I then started hoisting the anchor but after a point I couldn't move it. I assumed it was stuck on the bottom but as, once again, no one had showed me how to do this before I was basically holding the line, leaning back with my full weight on the rope and was like, 'what now?'. Martin's suggestion was to pull harder but after attempting that for a minute or two and not getting anywhere he had to do it. I think if you are using your full weight on something it's not going anywhere in your hands. He then put it back round the silver thing, I was like, but I did that before! Haha. Unfortunately now, and just after my massage, my back is actually fucked from attempting this. As in if I even touch my shoulder or bottom of my back it hurts and moving is fun. So much for looking after my back when it's already screwed! Next time if I can't pull it up, I won't be pulling it harder on my own!

I then had to go back to the shop till close which means I've worked from 7:30am to 6pm with no break today :( definitely tired and ready to die. Today has not been the best of days really!
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