Rolling in the Deep

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Hostal El Noctambulo

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Next stop along the Caribbean coast was Santa Marta. While here I decided to do another Scuba dive in nearby Taganga. I signed up for a two tank dive with Poseidon, one of the more expensive companies in town, as my instructor in Capurgana had recommended them. Although not yet a diving veteran I was really impressed with their set-up. The gear all seemed good and we were each given our own diving computer which is apparently rare enough. The boats they use are also purpose built catamarans for diving and given the distances you need to go to the dive sites around here, much better than the little boats everyone else seemed to use! The dives themselves were great. Visibility was a little worse than in Capurgana and not so much wildlife but we did see an enormous Moray eel, about 1.5m long and green! I was still burning through my air pretty quick and so we all didn't have to come back up early had to breath out of the instructor’s tank for the last few minutes. Need to calm down more! There were 12 people on the boat and I’d been teamed up with one of the instructors (Gert) and a Portuguese couple, Tiago and Joana. I definitely love the diving and just need to get more experience under my weight belt so I can slow the breathing and not suck my air like a hoover.

Liz came out to Taganga to meet me after the dive and we went for lunch in Cafe Bonsai. We then went and met up with Tiago and Joanna for a drink after they’d finished their daily studies! I was very impressed to find that as well as travelling the world they are both studying part-time online for MBA’s. Made us feel very lazy but I don’t think I’d have the discipline to put in 2 hours a day study to be honest. We met up with them in Santa Marta that night for dinner too and after a false start when the restaurant Tiago had been recommended turned out to be a street stall we had a good night.

We didn’t do too much else in Santa Marta, not huge amount to see in the town itself and even had a night in on the couch in the hostel watching films and drinking a couple of bottles of wine. Getting ready for home!
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