Night Diving

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Chairs on Pablo's Beach
Thursday, November 13
Another leisurely breakfast at Casa Iguana including the tasty fruit salad with coconut after playing with Bushman and some of the other dogs on Pablo’s Beach and Cindy was off for her final dive at Yellowtail which is an awesome dive site.  Afterward, she had to take her final test which is really long and you have to pass with a 70 or better which she did, barely…

The kid with the thumbs up in the picture is the local coconut bread seller who as you can tell is very cool and stylish.  He wanders around the island every morning selling the coconut bread that presumably his mom makes.  The two kids on the bike were having a blast which just goes to show that you don’t need a super expensive mountain bike to have fun as a kid.
Fruit Salad at Casa Iguana
  Look at the wheels!  He doesn’t even have any tires on that thing and yet he and his sister were racing up and down the sidewalk having a good old time.  At least that bike has a seat unlike some of the ones we saw in Laos and Cambodia a couple years ago…

I went out for another dive at Stanley’s with Yuri as the Dive Master and some guy from Philadelphia who hyperventilated so much that the dive was only about 40 minutes which was kind of disappointing.  Yuri even commented about how quickly he burned through his air and how uncomfortable he seemed underwater.  Oh well, at least I get a night dive tonight.

We had a spicy seafood soup at Delphine’s right above Dolphin Dive for lunch and a few beers to celebrate Cindy being a certified PADI diver before heading back to the bungalow to study my section on night diving and taking a power nap.
Hammock at Casa Iguana


The night dive with Carl and Yuri was really cool with sharks, turtles, rays, lobsters and zillions of pink and purple, iridescent shrimp.  It is really strange and a little disorienting to dive at night with just the light of an underwater flashlight to point out the reefs and wildlife but really cool too.  Carl had suggested that he test my underwater mental compass and that occasionally he would give me a sign telling me to point him in the right direction of the boat.  I got this about 180 degrees off every single time proving that I should never night dive alone :-D

I got back to Casa Iguana in time for a late dinner with Lobster fritters and wine and once again, it was Party Night with a large group of tourists and locals playing drinking games until late in the night.
The Coconut Bread kid on Little Corn Island
  Mark (an expert Plunker) and I tried to compete in the Plunk tournament that evening but being a novice, I dragged him down and we were soundly defeated (not evidenced by our ridiculous faces �" it isn’t about wining, its about drinking beer!).  The one shot gives you an idea of what a Plunk court looks like (I am not sure if this is the one internationally sanctioned by the IOC or not but it worked quite well…). 

The highlight of the games was probably the relays where teams of 5 or 6 people lined up on opposite ends of the table.  Each person had a plastic cup filled with beer that first they would guzzle, then they would place just barely hanging over the edge of the table in an attempt to flick the now empty cup on its lip landing on the table.  As soon as they correctly flip it over, the next person in line starts guzzling.  Years of practice in college on my part had our team kicking Nicaraguan butt and easily winning several rounds.  Good times…

Tomorrow is unfortunately our last day on the island and I for one will be sad to head back to reality…

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Chairs on Pablos Beach
Chairs on Pablo's Beach
Fruit Salad at Casa Iguana
Fruit Salad at Casa Iguana
Hammock at Casa Iguana
Hammock at Casa Iguana
The Coconut Bread kid on Little Co…
The Coconut Bread kid on Little C…
High Performance Biking on Little …
High Performance Biking on Little…
Sunset at Dolphin Dive
Sunset at Dolphin Dive
Gecko shadows
Gecko shadows
Mark and Larry lose at Plunk
Mark and Larry lose at Plunk
Plunk!
Plunk!
Kelly Plunking
Kelly Plunking
Little Corn Island
photo by: lrecht