Back in pommey land... It's bloody cold.

Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
Trip End Feb 16, 2008

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Back in the UK now, and I'm totally gutted to have left Pez! I've met some awesome people who made my 5 weeks spent at Pez absolutely amazing, and I'm going to miss them all loads! So keep in touch y'all... We will go diving sometime for sure :)
My journey home began in a haze of tiredness and hangover- I'm thinking that maybe getting more that just the one hour of sleep would have helped- though it clearly helped me to perfect my lost/helpless look at the airport- I've never had so many offers of help!
So anyway, left Pez on Friday morning with Kirsty (coz she was also a 5-weeker) and went into Tulum for one last meal at Charlie's... So sad! Then on to Playa, where another cocktail really didn't do anything to help (I'm not really sure what I thought it would do...), and from there I was going on to Cancun so I had to say goodbye to Kirsty, my awesome vegan/hippy wench- sad times, sad times. So from then on it was just airports/ aeroplanes for the next day and a half. Airport floors are not comfortable. And I can make that sweeping generalisation having slept on a fair few in the last couple of days.
But I made it home (yes there is relief there, and the slightest doubt that I would actually get here...)! I have to say there was a major culture shock at Newark airport when I saw SNOW on the runway. SNOW! Wtf?? Then arriving at Heathrow the Captain did his little announcement 'welcome to London etc... The outside temperature is 2oC.' I'm sorry, it's WHAT?!
I forgot how bloody cold England gets. I haven't quite resorted to putting on pants (trousers/pants/trousers... pants? I just don't know anymore!) yet, but it may indeed come to that... Not cool!
My last week at Pez was wicked- really jammed with cool stuff- my Cavern Diver and Rescue Diver stuff, which was SO so awesome- both courses were loads of fun- and I finally got some monitoring of the reef in too! Really wish I could have stayed for some more!
The cavern diving was totally awe-inspiring; we drove to a cenote near Tulum called Dos Ojos (Two Eyes) and did 3 dives following different lines through the caverns- all of them were so stunning I spent my whole time just looking around me in complete awe! Nearly forgot to breathe... The viz was endless and it gave you a very weird sense of not being underwater at all- just suspended in mid-air amongst all these ancient stalactites and stalagmites: with the light from the cavern entrance shining through them the whole scene was pretty ethereal and so so beautiful. I would love to go back there someday and repeat the experience at some other cenotes, it really was magical!
As the only 5-weeker doing the Rescue Diver all my scenarios were crammed into my last dives before I left, which was pretty nerve-racking! Also slightly off-putting as I had an audience of everyone else on the dive, cracking up while Ed was doing his 'panicked diver' at the surface and very nearly drowning me in his enthusiasm... Great fun! Yeah, Ed had a pretty rough few dives and I had to rescue him from a variety of situations, but all good I guess. I actually really enjoyed the course, and even learnt some stuff... It made me much more aware of how seemingly small problems can turn into major events, and of my buddy's and my own safety- which you then completely disregard on fun dives anyway... :)
Just drove down to Sainsburys to get some food (really bloody expensive dammit) and managed to put into practice a few things I've learned through careful observation of Mexican driving... I reckon this pretty much sums up your average Mexican's mindset;
-drive where ever the hell you want on the road
-road markings don't mean s***
-if you don't hit double the speed limit for at least the majority of the journey, you're clearly not trying hard enough. The more passengers you have, the faster you are entitled to go.
-accelerate towards speed bumps, brake at the last minute to go over in first, then accelerate away again as fast as possible. Repeat.
-YOU have right of way. And yes, this applies to all drivers.
-contrary to popular belief, pavements aren't just for pedestrians.
Great fun!

I miss Mexico so much already! And my lovely, slightly disfunctional, Pez family. I love you all to bits! Thank you guys! And thanks Jez for being such a wicked instructor :)

So I now have 2 weeks, which will probably be the longest and coldest of my life, before I set off for Egypt with Nath- can't wait to get out of this country again!

Love, peace and unity etc. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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