Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
42Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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Please check out this little video I made (I think this is becoming my new thing now...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a43vgtzvYRY and let me know what you think!
This Sunday I spent in Puerto Morelos on a day trip full of Scuba Diving, and I recorded bits and pieces throughout the day on my camera, then put it together with music... I know I'm going to love looking back on these blogs and videos when I'm grey and old, or next year when I'm wrapped up in hoodies and blankets in my student bedroom with no heating... reminding myself of how life used to be on this unimaginable year abroad... ahhhh no time for the emotional stuff just quite yet...!
As you may be able to see from my facebook, the past couple of weeks have mainly been Scuba orientated :)
I still can't believe how lucky I was to be placed in such a beautiful country, and to live in a place where such incredible reefs, wrecks and sealife to explore are right on my doorstep!
This month, Rosie and I started our PADI Advanced Open Water course, which requires 5 speciality dives, the understanding behind them, and the skills required underwater. Our chosen specialities were as follows:
This involves the completion of timed maths equations above and below the sea. There are many dangers to be aware of and understand when it comes to Deep Diving, including Nitrogen Narcosis (which you are able to notice when someone is acting as if they were drunk) and Decompression Sickness.
Click on the Picture to the Right to play the video.
2) Corrientes/Drift Diving. Diving with the currents. Where we were tested on our entry and exit.
3) Flotabilidad/Peak Buoyancy. One of my favourite things whilst diving is when we go through the tunnels and caves created by the reef formations, especially when the tunnels are only just about big enough to fit our bodies/tanks. We went to a new reef called Aristos where there is a place called La Iglesia (The Church) where we went through a small cave, and instead of swimming out with all the fishes, we turned 90 degrees in a small enclosure, and continued through a really narrow and dark tunnel with no light until we reached "the Church." Here we went from almost touching the sea bed, enclosed in a dark tunnel, to the opening of the Church with bright coral formations and fish which we joined swimming vertically up and out. I'm not sure if that description was any good for your imaginations, but it was pretty spectacular. We were tested on our abilities to maintain our buoyancy/stay still in the meditation position (floating crossed legged,) lying horizantally, and floating vertically, upside down with your head pointing to the seabed. Rosie absolutely nailed the floating upside down, and was loving life whilst Maira and I were looking at each other like "yeh ok then Rosie, you stay there, no worries" haha was so funny and I almost killed myself from all the bubbles/not being able to breathe whilst having a laughing fit. We were then given an extra weight (3lb) and had to control our buoyancy, which was pretty hard as my whole body just kept turning to the side which had the extra weight!
4) Navegación/Navigation. Neither of us were any good at the compass reading during our Open Water certificate, so we weren't looking forward to this one... No need to worry, it was actually really easy once we got the hang of the lubberline/bezel. Underwater, we had to navigate backwards and forwards, and then in a square using the compass readings, N, E, S, W.
5) Nocturno/Night Dive. Scheduled for a Thursday night soon!
I have fallen in love with Scuba diving and each dive never fails to amaze me... exciting things we saw were turtles, lion fish, eels and at one point we were surrounded by 3 barracudas.
The following weekend it was then time for our trip to Puerto Morelos, again, check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a43vgtzvYRY. We went 28m to a Shipwreck called Juan Escutia which was really, really impressive! Exploring the wreck was amazing, and we needed to use a torch to explore and find our way out- loved it! The next dive was to a reef called El Jardin/The Garden, and with reason, it was the perfect name. The impressive reef wall was covered in tree like formations which I had never seen before, with sea grass along the seabed, making it look very much like its name. Absolutely great day, please check out the video!
It really is sad that this is the way it is over here, and with no signs of changing. The party with the most money to spend on free gifts and bribery will eventually win, politics doesn't matter, and in doing so, will be forever indebted to their main sponsors, generally criminals. I have also been on the receiving end of this... one candidate invested some of his money into buying every team in my basketball league new kit. New kit!?!? I mean... new kit for everybody?! At first I thought the big commotion, with speakers and people in t-shirts, was due to some sort of prize giving or to mark the start of the Primer Fuerza (League 1) but no, it was the candidate making a speech, with his team cheering, as he gave out the new kits. Just madness.
The basketball leagues are over now, just the 1st League every Thurs/Sat left... I've realised I've now completely changed my style of playing and it will be interesting to see what it is like when I return to England! No more finger roll lay ups, I now enter with the ball high on my chest/shoulder (to avoid the small Mexican players- the opposite to the tall English players...)
The Cinema is just not what it used to be like, 2 terrible films seen in a row- Spring Break (don't ask why,) and The Last Exorcism 2. Absolutely dreadful the both of them. That was saved though after seeing Fast & Furious 6, which the Mexicans loved, and continuously clapped and cheered throughout the film, then applauded the screen at the end... hahaha.
Last night we went to the Lion Fish conference at the Universidad del Caribe, which is a student project to reduce the number of Lion Fish in our ecosystem in order to protect and prevent the destruction of the marine life below. They have fishers who catch them, and then the Gastronomy students cook them and have created recipes which we were able to sample- nice! The Lion Fish is venomous and doesn't belong here, but in the Indo-Pacific, however are quickly over populating the reefs due to their high reproduction rates- I have now seen three!
Saying goodbye to the two Ana's before their trip to Europe!
I think I have covered most of the interesting things the last couple of weeks... until next time :) Watch the video por favor, and another from Cozumel which you can access via that link!
Lots of love, Kim x