This must be underwater love...................

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Wednesday, November 3, 2004

I am now officially a Padi Open Water Diver!!! And how good was it. After worrying about drowning, sharks, sea snakes, and risking my life to a tank and a plastic hose to breathe out of, I have now joined the underwater elite. To be honest diving is amazing. The life under the water is like nothing I have ever seen before. Sharks, nemo's, cuttlefish, moray eels, you name it. Amazing. When i was finally persuaded to take the course (more like gang threatened) I was the only one booked in. It meant that I had 1-1 tuition from Eefje (pronounced aafia) a Dutch diving instructor. After 2 days in the pool, then 2 days in the sea it went like a breeze. I did my dives at Koh Haa and Koh Bida. The sea was warm, and the visibility was great. The only thing you have to watch for though is the pressure underwater. I dont mean in a sense of making your ear drums pop, but rather the effects it has on your bladder and gut. If you didnt need to go on the surface, it sure as hell gives you a push in the right direction underwater. I can now relate to how a pregnant woman feels having the baby rest on the bladder! Other than that it was a worthy experience. When i had completed the course, Daniel, Marcus, Andreas, Frederic, and Sarah were waiting for me on the back of the boat, and instead of champagne I had a hose pipe sprayed all over me in celebration. It was great to have the support as to what we now collectively call "Team Sweden" of which me and Sarah are now members.
Whilst I was diving Sarah had a stressful time getting up late, eating brekkie with Johanna and generally doing nothing but swimming, reading, sunbathing, and eating. Its a hard life....
Before the diving though, me and Sarah made the decision to hire another form of death on wheels a.k.a. the Thailand Moped. It was risky, but with our trusty plastic helmet's (which didnt fit properly and wouldn't have protected a 6 month old on a fall from a pram) we felt ready to take on the world. Valentino Rossi who?
We took a trip down the coast stopping for breakfast at a treetop cafe overlooking the southern part of the island. We pressed on but eventually came to a dirt track which we tried to navigate, but as Sarah had, on purpose, jumped off the back numerous times, we decided that we wouldnt go any further. By the time we were nearly home, I had motorbike sunburn (classy t-shirt sunburn lines), and due to me sweating cobbs went and got my head shaved. It was no "Toni and Guy" outfit but it did the job and we got a wet wipe for our custom.
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