The Daily – 11/28

Word of the Day: Chop
Notable / Highlight of the Day: I woke up later than I had planned. I really wanted to check out Phuket’s old town, but I didn’t have enough time. I ended up enjoying a leisurely breakfast next door while watching people learn to surf on a wave machine.
Around 2pm I had to be back to wait for my shuttle up to Khao Lak, so I waited in the lobby until he came. And then we drove and drove, picking up people along the way until we reached the dive shop. I had originally thought it was a random shuttle full of people, but it turns out we were all heading to the same destination and the same boat.
In addition to me there were a Russian couple, two Polish guys, a South African guy, three chinese girls and a Chinese guy, a French woman, a German guy, a French guy, and a German woman.
We were supposed to do our initial briefing at 6:30, but a few people had wandered and needed to be tracked down. At check in, I decided to do my Advanced Open Water training while aboard to allow me to do some of the more complex/interesting dives. I figured I’d also be helpful for the rest of my trip.
I chatted with Willy, the French guy for a while. He was super friendly and chatty, but all of a sudden I found myself unable to extract myself from him. We loaded the shuttle bus to the dock and while I tried to place myself next to new people, but he stuck like fly paper.
We boarded the ship and watched as the boat hands hauled all our luggage aboard. I positioned myself again to try and sit with new people, but Willy still stuck close, so I simply stopped responding when he talked to me … especially when he recommended that we share a room so we wouldn’t ‘get stuck’ with too many roommates.
I was assigned to a room with Sabrina, the only Chinese girl who also spoke english. After dumping our stuff we all came back to the dining area for a late dinner. And boy did we eat! The first meal included one of my favorites, pumpkin curry. I should have gotten a second helping but was trying to not get fat on this trip.
The sea was choppy, very very choppy. As we were trying to fall asleep the captain was sailing us to our first drop for the morning and it was a sleep full of movement. I had checked the weather before going out and knew we were going to be sailing through the tail end of a monsoon. So I wasn’t surprised.
Current Location: Phuket to Khao Lak
Cost of Tea: included
Miles Traveled: 75
Dollars Spent Today: $750 on dive boat adventure including advanced open water training and dive watch, $15 on a really yummy breakfast
Mood Emoji: πŸ˜΄πŸ€€β˜•οΈπŸ₯πŸ₯—πŸšβ›΄πŸ˜’πŸ™‚πŸ˜‹πŸ˜΄

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