Holidays in Mexico!
Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
9Trip End Dec 20, 2007
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It's the holiday season again! And while it's quite different here in Mexico, it's still lots of fun! Cheryl and I were put in charge of the Thanksgiving feast (there only being 5 Americans on base, it was up to us to show them a proper Thanksgiving). Improvisation was key -- and with a little imagination it turned out great! We served chicken, vegetables, stuffing (something very new to the British on base), mashed potatoes, and Cheryl's amazing gravy. Oh, yes and a yummy apple crumble for dessert. Considering all of this was done with about 6 ingredients to choose from and very limited supplies -- it was a fantastic feast and enjoyed by all!! The most fun was during the cooking, we were scheduled for a fun dive just as some of the key dishes were ready, so after the dive (it was one of our best so far!), we finished cooking in our wet suits -- something I've never done before on Thanksgiving
In honor of two birthdays (Dan and Ed's), we had a "D & E" party. The theme was to dress up as as something that begins with a D or E...simple, huh? Take a look at the pics to see how good the imaginations were!
The weather has been beautiful -- warm and sunny, but the Christmas lights we're planning to put up next weekend should brighten it up even more! Only a few more weeks and we'll be home on December 20th!! Still lots of diving and reef monitoring to do. Next week is the Cavern Diving specialty in the Mexican cenotes. Should be fun!
The Thanksgiving holiday was quite different this year! It was really great to come up with such a good meal with the limited stuff we had to work with. The gravy was chicken bouillon cubes and flour, yet it was probably the best gravy any one on base has had in at least 8 weeks! It was quite fun to introduce our new friends to the idea (and the food) that Thanksgiving brings to us. Because I was not with my family and friends back home, it was certainly a time for reflecting on those things I am very thankful for.
The diving for me has become significantly intensified. When I had decided to pursue a few more certifications for diving including Rescue Diver and Dive Master, I had no idea what I was getting myself into!
The Dive Master requirements included a 400 meter swim, 800 meter snorkel - both timed for points. I expected to get 1 point for each, but was pleasantly surprised to get 2 for the swim and 3 for the snorkel!! Faster than I expected by far! Next steps will be to complete 4 more (of the 8 total) tests. Physics and Dive Physiology will surely be the most difficult. I feel like I have pushed my boundaries quite far on this endeavor and have loved every minute of it!
I am looking forward to getting back home again although leaving Pez Maya after the 10 weeks of calling it home will be a bit difficult.
Hope you all are doing GREAT!! Miss you tons and look forward to seeing you all soon!