The Daily – 11/19

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Word of the Day: Wreck
Notable / Highlight of the Day: After three hours of sleep and being so very very thankful I barely drank, I blearily woke up.  I was still in my swimsuit from last night, having thought I’d be able roll out of bed and head out to the dive shop…but wow did I smell.
So after a quick shower and a fresh swimsuit I waddled down to the dive shop keeping my eyes open for coffee options.  I arrived and met Mahon, a tiny little bright-eyed french dive instructor who was going to be my dive-master.  We were joined by Justin a tall, dark, bubbly german diver who was getting his Dive Master training and my dive-buddy….who’s name I failed to catch but was also a frenchie and so.damn.happy to be there.
We also had the entire dive boat to ourselves.  It almost made me wish I had a silent benefactor to pay for these luxuries all the time :).  I’m now torn because I love being on the ocean so much, but also feel the call of the mountains and love city life.  This trip has made me less sure of where I want to end up than I had hoped.
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The first dive was to the Klaed Keaw wreck and was way deeper than I should have gone but also, holy shit, it was the coolest dive I’ve done so far.  The boat was covered in lion fish and teeming with life.  We circled the wreck a few times and spotted some unbelievably huge puffer fish.  The lion fish were so interesting, because as you swam closer to them, or past them, they would slowly spread their barbs and spread out like a Chinese fan.
When we surfaced I asked if my dive partner was ok going on an additional dive and if the instructors had time to go too.  And everyone agreed! We ate a leisurely lunch floating near Maya bay, where the beach was filmed.  It’s so beautiful there, but so so so packed with people.  I couldn’t help but enjoy our huge four person paradise of a dive boat.
Our second dive was shallow as our first dive was deep.  But it was the fishiest dive I’ve done.  There were times where I was completely surrounded by silvery fish and could barely see the ocean around me.  We also saw some very shy REEF SHARKS!!!  They wanted nothing to do with us, but Mahon and I were hoping to catch up with them.  We also spotted a sea snake who I was all too happy to stay away from and a very clumsy looking cuttlefish. Turns out I feel the same way about underwater snakes as I do terrestrial snakes.  We also swam through this really cool crevasse that was teeming with life.
It was like swimming in the most crowded aquarium I’ve ever seen.  And the puffer fish, I wanted one to puff up so badly as there were dozens and dozens of them, all huge and curious.  and I mean, they were nearly the size of my torso and so clumsy.  Our third dive wasn’t as busy but we saw more sharks and swam in this wavy, colorful shallower area.  It was such an interesting sensation as you could feel yourself rolling with the waves and watch the fish move in the same circular pattern as yourself.
We headed back, but I had forgotten my log book so had to fill everything out on the temporary slips and come back after six pm to have Mahon sign and stamp my log book.
I arrived in my dorm and realized just what a shithole it was, but as I had paid for three nights and they wouldn’t credit me anything, I decided to tough it out one more night.  The music was pounding from the pool party outside so I decided to go read and write at a cafe in town instead of trying to nap.  One of the young girls in my dorm wanted to join so we headed into town together.
She complained about the English spellings in the menu, but I pointed out how unbelievably accommodating it was and how neither of us had bothered to learn anything outside of hello and thank you (which I taught her).  She was young and new to traveling so I have hope she’ll open her horizons more.  We chatted for a bit and I split off to work on post cards and my log book while she went to meet up with friends.
I met up with Justine, Ettiene, and Chris for the evening, we made it to a reggae bar, a Muay Thai match, and Phi Phi’s only rooftop bar.  They introduced me to this really cool couple from Seattle who I failed to connect on facebook with.  His name was Gotham and I don’t remember her name, but I wish I chatted with them longer and got their info.  But I was beat, so left to head to bed at one in the morning.
However the worlds shittiest hostel was having none of that and I had to put my headphones in to try and drown out the pumping base.  I decided I needed to get out of Phi Phi and onto Koh Lanta ASAP.
Current Location: Koh Phi Phi
Cost of Tea: $2
Miles Traveled: 10ish round trip to dive sites
Miles Walked: none
Dollars Spent Today: $140 on diving including marine park fees, $4 on breakfast, $8 on dinner, $6 on drinks, $15 on that shit hostel
Number of Dogs Seen / Dog of the Day: Koh Phi Phi is a cat island, so many cute kitties everywhere.  There’s even pockets where there’s a big black cat clan, the fluffy fat cat clan, the white and speckled ones. All so cute and so so very lazy.
Mood Emoji: 🐙🦑🐠🐟🐠🐟🐠🐟🐠🐟🐠🐟🐠🐟🦂🐡🐠🦂🦐🐠🦀🐡🦈🐡🦀🦀

One thought on “The Daily – 11/19

  1. Sarah, I loved your description of the dive and the fish you saw. Especially the Lion Fish. They sound spectacular. We’re all following you in UK and enjoying reading your travels……xx

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