Chandelier chambers and blue holes

Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

We dive a Japanese vessel, sunk in 1944. And the chambers. Those are air chambers UNDER an island, only reachable when diving. They ARE amazing! You dive under an island and come up in air chambers. You can take your mask off in there: the air is breathable. Stalactites of meters long are hanging down. Some chambers are big. Others cannot hold more than 2 people.

They have Blue Holes here too! Chimney after chimney. You go down in one, go up in the next one.

I hear a 'hi, how are you?' after diving one day. A boy on a bike. I waved and saw ... a dog on his back. Sitting like a child on daddy's back. The next day at the diving shop a boy said: 'I saw you jogging yesterday.' 'Where you the one with the dog on your back?' Yes: he brings his dog to work and home like that every day.

The last day I was shopping when a weird man stepped in. Tall and skinny. With a white beard, at least half a meter long. And John Lennon glasses. He says hi to me. American. We bump into each other again afterwards and he asks: 'How was your dive today, Marina?' He introduces himself as the mayor of the city! Straaaaaange.

Then it is time to leave. I do like the Fish 'n Fins dive shop. But it is very very commercial. You pay a lot of money for everything. On top of the hotel and diving, we paid more than 600$. For what? Well: the permits (not their fault), extras for further away dive sites, the reef hooks, the rental equipment,... .

We also say bye to our hotel and the dodgy internet place: the Rock Island Café. We were glad to have internet access. But: it is expensive. We drink their beers and eat their food but we still pay for the wireless. It is not that the food is that good: my lasagna the last night is not even hot. If a cook cannot even serve you warm food!

Pick-up tonight at 23h30. It is NOT going to be nice. We are paying an extra night here And an extra night in Guam but we spend the night on a plane. Hmmm.

The flight is as crappy as feared. We are at the airport way too early. American style check in: no fluids. We wait in a full hall for 2,5 hours in the middle of the night. You cannot even buy a bottle of water. Every 10 minutes a loud voices announces our flight: 'Once again, ladies and gentlemen...'. Being tired and thirsty, it makes me cranky. The flight takes 2 hours and we get a small glass of water. 'Thanks for choosing continental airlines' they sat but there is no choice! It is expensive they fly at impossible hours, the service in zero but they have the monopoly. We land at 5 in the morning and call our next hotel for pick up, which arrives 10 minutes later and indeed: our hotel is only 10 minutes drive from the airport.
In fact, hotel is a big word: but that is Guam so for tomorrow.
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