A Change of Plan..

Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, October 10, 2004

It was Micky's last day in Paihia today and the weather was absolutely terrible!

This morning as the rain was thrashing down outside, we all sat and watched 'Shrek 2' on DVD. Micky had bought it in Malaysia - an excellent film with a lot of laughs.

Dean and I saw Micky off with a couple of beers at the Beach house this afternoon before she left. We said our goodbyes and headed back to the lodge.

I know it's all part of the lifestyle with people coming and going from your path all the time. It makes each person's adventure what it is and in turn makes you grow as a person and shapes who you are which is good and what it's all about. It's still kinda weird though to leave people you make particularly good relationships with or share amazing experiences with and then say goodbye without knowing whether or not your paths will cross again. Micky despises goodbyes anyway which didn't help much. God bless yer Mick!

Dean's actually leaving tomorrow. Over the last week or so we have grown quite close too and we've had some bloody good laughs. It'll be quite sad when he goes. Though I've gotta say, for an eighteen year old he's got a very fresh outlook on life and he's got his head screwed on tight - he'll be just fine.

So anyway, back to the plan. Sorry, the 'change of plan'.

I was going to return to Auckland myself early this coming week but I've since decided to stay on here for another four or five days. Yesterday I went in to the Paihia Diving School to enquire about a 'PADI' - 'Open Water Diver Course' which had been advertised in the window. It's an international certification that will introduce me to the world of 'scuba'. The course gives a good grounding in scuba diving that can be taken much further if required. I figured as I'm here to try everything once and I'm in the right part of the world for it (and for long enough), I'd give it a go and find out if whether or not it's for me. The Bay of Islands is famous for it's clear waters anyway and the PADI diving school here in Paihia runs courses every Monday so I thought I'd take advantage of it while I'm here.

So I start one on Monday. Apparently, the course is quite intense and is packed tightly in to four days comprising of classroom work, pool work, then out in to the ocean! So it looks like I'm goin' back in time and 'back to school'.

Come to think of it I've got a hell of a lot of reading to do before now and Monday morning so it really does feel like being back at school!
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