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sailing and diving around the world
Just a quick update. The Harbormaster closed the port today, so we didn't do any diving. Gave me a chance to get ahead on the study and to catch up on some much needed rest. Typically, when you start diving many days in a row, especially if you're using new gear, like I am, you get your usual assortment of blisters, rashes, etc. It's hard for them to heal when you're in the water every day. So, hopefully the blisters that I got from my new fins are healed a little more. I guess I'll know when I'm in the water tomorrow.
The rest of me is fine. I know that lots of people experience ear infections and other sorts of annoyances. These kinds of things are easy to happen because you're in the ocean every day, with all kind of microbes getting into various parts of your body. I've been showering after every day of diving, paying particular attention to getting fresh water into my ears to flush them out well. Remember, of course, to never drink the tap water here in Mexico. I don't even use it to brush my teeth.
All is well. I'm comfortable in the DM house, and I've come to know the area fairly well. As I said, there's nothing to it, really, because everything is set up in straight lines. All you need to do is figure out a few landmarks, and once you begin to do your shopping, laundry drop-offs, and walks to and from the equipment house you'll have the layout down fairly quickly.
Virtually everything that you'll need while you're here is within walking distance. I attended Mass at San Miguel Church, on Sunday, and it was lovely. I like the old churches that are all over Mexico. I was surprised to see that there was a wedding ceremony incorporated into the Mass. There were very few dry eyes. The couple saying their vows must have been their sixties. I couldn't help but remember a story a gentleman told me once, of how he loved a woman, when he was a younger man, but she moved away. He ran into her again when he was much older, had never stopped loving her, so he proposed after spending a few months visiting with her, and he finally was able to have the love of his life. My God, what a wait that must have been.
So far, I haven't been doing any sort of complex shopping. I buy bread and cheese, to be able to quickly get something into my stomach in the morning before heading out to meet everyone at the equipment house. There are places along our street where you can buy fresh fruit, so I always have some of that in the fridge. That usually consists of melon, payaya, bananas, apples, grapes, and pineapple. I also buy a ton of apples and keep them in the fridge, too. We take turns buying water, which comes in the huge, 20L plastic containers. Of course, I also purchased the usual paper towels, toilet paper, shower soap, laundry soap bar, garbage bags, etc. I bought the laundry soap bar to do my rashgaurds and other favorite shirts myself, by hand. Some of the other guys have lost some stuff at the laundromat. I dropped off my laundry at Rosita's, for the first time, yesterday. It's great because you get it back in a matter of hours, and it's only a five minute walk away. I was what I would call a 'medium' load' and it cost 136 Pesos (a little over $6 U.S.).
Clearly I made the right choice to come to Cozumel for the dive training. I'm still getting used to the strong currents, but I'm having a blast. I've bonded right away with one of the higher level divers, Katie, and I'm learning tons and tons each day. On my first deep dive, I used up a lot of air while at depth and Katie had to do an 'out-of-air' emergency ascent. It wasn't really an emergency. I did run out of air, of course, but there was no panic on my part, and Katie knows her stuff and kept things on an even keel as we descended. I was glad to allow her to practice :):):) She's one of the coolest women I've ever met.
The pic I've attached is what we get every evening, from Meghan, which tell everyone what time to meet, and what they'll be doing the next day. As you can see, I'm on equipment, and I'm doing the Fish Identity course (with Katie, wooohooo!), and then the Advanced Underwater Navigation (also with Katie) and Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB). I'll take a selfie with Katie and post it tomorrow. Doing 'equipment,' by the way, means that I have to hand out all the gear to everyone, and we all sign for the gear that we use, I have to make sure that it's all accounted for at the end of the dive day.
Really looking to getting the Gopro out for some dive videos. Still getting used to diving again.
The avocados are something pretty funny. There is a house rule- no one eats anything that they didn't buy. Pretty straight forward, right? Well, I've officially been the victim of food theft :):) I'm sitting here waiting for my 5 avocados to ripen, to I can enjoy them in some guacamole, and someone ate two of them, in the wee hours of the morning, in the cover of darkness :):) When Blake and I saw the empty shells in the garbage, we started to laugh hysterically, because look at the way they've been excavated. I think if we find out who has a background in archaeology, we'll find the culprit. I'm tempted of offer a reward, just to have the person show us how he/she got the avocado out, leaving the shell pretty much intact.