While I was waiting there I read that cenote-diving only started in the 1980s and that they are exclusive to the Yucatan. Basically they are like caves--I`m no expert here-- but collapsed caves, formed after the last ice-age when Central America reemerged
. So there is a big hole or cave that you enter and you pass through tunnels and larger openings containing all the cave-like things such as stalactites, etc.
OK, I can hear the yawning so I`ll skip the class. Gunnar and I signed up for 2 dives on our first day here and neither of us really knew what to expect. The first site was Grande Cenote. I was a bit nervous about my buoyancy in fresh water but Nadia inspired confidence and it was great to have only the 3 of us diving. Plus we were the first in that day, so no silty water for us :) There were lots of really tight swimthroughs and we had torches so this was already encompassing my 2 favourites in diving...then we saw amazing columns and huge caverns. The visibility is unmeasurable as it's like being in air and looking up at the light coming in through the entrance is amazing- the most dazzling blue, even more amazing when we turned off the torches. But it was the second dive that just knocked me over. The Temple of Doom or The mouth of the skull. First off you have to jump into the relatively small entrance which is about a 3m jump. A good start! Then we entered the world of halocline layers, which basically describes the effect of the salt water stream that runs through the fresh water here- it`s like swimming through vasoline-filled water. It`s apparently like being on LSD but I can`t vouch for that! All I was thinking of was Homer Simpson when he had the big chili at the fair :) The light is bended when it moves though this and the effect is only spectacular from the cobalt-coloured light that makes it`s way in. But then we entered a huge cave with lots of formations- columns, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, bunches of carrots...I don`t know what else but it sure beat Ailwee cave. Think it`s called the coliseum room. But because of the visibility it was just like flying or floating on air
. Also there are small amounts of trapped air at the top of parts of the tunnels or caves and it looks like mercury! I think that that was the most different part to the dives; you`re in a world that you are somewhat familiar with above ground but you`re diving in perfect viz. Nadia is still here 6 years after her first dive and to be honest I'm unsure whether I should do another one or not for that reason!
So, I`ll now stop indulging myself and do some homework....Tulum is a touristy place but it has every reason to be so. The beach has powdery white sand and turquoise water and the local Mayan ruins are perched on a cliff overlooking this beautiful vista. The people are really friendly and because things are spread out you get an excuse to rent a bike :) I`ve already decided that I'm staying just one more day.....
PS I think that the camera is dying. I`ll keep you posted.
Well amigos, It`s way past my bedtime but i couldn`t sleep so here I am full of excitement reading all about Cuba!! Booked all my flights finally today so at least I have to be somewhere pretty soon as I was beginning to think that I`d never drag my ass out of my oh so comfy bunk here ;) So I`m finally living up to the silly name that I gave this blog and...I was going to say travelling but I`ve barely moved in the last 2 days,...well, on my own for the first time since I arrived in Central America
. And I decided to actively avoid making new friends because I needed a break to be perfectly honest...now that doesn`t sound very nice but every so often (once in nearly 7 months) a girl needs some quality alone time :) Lucky girl that I am I`m even alone in my dorm tonight...well apart from the tree...yes! Anyway, I know that I`m tired now as I`m rambling, but I`ll give you the goss anyway...Dave gave me some excellent advice when we were travelling together--he told me to grab every opportunity and not to think about money in the final weeks so I`ve taken that on board and gone a bit mad maybe, but sure I`ll be working until I`m 70 probably so why not?! So, first off I decided not to limit his advice to this trip and go skiing with Nic just to have something to look forward to when the Jan blues set in...unfortunately that didn`t work out, but we might figure something out yet. Then today I booked another dive...so maybe it'll be 6 years before you see me again!! Cannot wait for the morning!! And then i went down to the internet and booked the flight to Cuba. Who-ha!! That`ll be an adventura to remember...And I actually got a very cheap flight, which is a bit weird as I`ve been told that it's a standard price...Is there another cuba somewhere else?? Hope not!! Don`t have a book yet so really don`t have any real plans there which is kinda nice too, but there is a girl that I know there at the mo so we`ll see. 10 whole days :)) So, I`ve a couple of days this side and the other side before I HAVE to leave..Yes Mom!
! Not sure how I`ll fit in Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeras, more diving in Cozumel and present/christmas shopping but I`ll give it a shot. Oh and I guess I should try to top up the tan too ;-) It might be a duty free christmas yet! Then I`ll try to acclimatise in SF in my flip flops and T-shirts. Hopefully Quinn will crank up the heat for me! I`m staying with one of our dive buddies from Koh Tao. It`ll be so nice to meet up with her again and this time have a bit more time to catch up! I`m really looking forward to seeing the city at Christmas...my first US Christmas actually. God I hope it`s not too cold!! I had to buy a coat last Sept! OK, I better try to get some sleep as I`m up early and leaving here and I don`t know where I`m off to yet. Oh, and if you`re reading this you`ll have already noticed that I`ve uploaded some pics...the nicest guy figured out my camera in 2 seconds....silly options...but it`s still moody and might be on the way out...PLEASE stay with me until I get home..Please!!! Nightie night xx
If anyone is still bothering to check my blog I`ll apologise as it`s a mess of random bits! It`s just neigh on impossible to make yourself sit down and do it when this wonderful place beckons....plus, I've discovered skype and that usually takes over whenever I do actually get to a computer for more than 10 minutes...as you all know how addicted I am to the phone!! I just know that I`ll be writing up the blog and uploading pics over Christmas :) However, there are certain things that just HAVE to be shared and the cenote diving that I did here in Tulum is just one of them. Fingers crossed nobody will start queuing for this computer...better move on so!