I had a rest day today. Took a walk around the area to see what remains of the town after the rain. Many places flooded inside as the water seeped through the thatch. Usually they cover the roofs with tarpaulin during the rainy season so many were caught off guard. I had to duck puddles and large inland lakes on the road this morning en route to my morning pastry (it’s mostly compact dirt, so it has all turned to quagmire), but I took a few photos of what the place looks like – that was fun.
It promised to be a scorcher, and it delivered. I ambled towards the south of the island to where they have loungers and a bar and sunned myself while drinking fresh coconut and lime (at 9 in the morning). I had a decent doze, so that was fine. Between the thunder and competing calls to prayer from the mosques (it takes me back to my childhood, there was a mosque in the area, and the sound of the prayers is usually quite soothing. Unless the PA system is next door and it is set to be heard across all three islands), it was an unsettled night’s sleep. So I felt really tired this morning.
The sea was a little dirty on that side of the island, so apart from a quick dip, I basically tanned until my massage appointment (I love a good massage, so I was a very relaxed girl), and then I ambled on up the road to another Italian cucina – this one specialising in fish, and had grouper and baby octopodi for lunch, and headed to the northern tip of the island for sun, swimming, a little snorkelling, and to be propositioned by 3 different men, all wanting a girlfriend. Apart from fending off these awkward suitors, it was quite lovely at the top of the island.
The water was clear and warm, and with the artificial reefs, there were rays and turtles and many fish to swim with.
Yoga, however, was very painful on my ankles, and I have decided to just enjoy my fresh coconut for dinner and head to bed. I’ve my last chance to make the depth tomorrow, and I’m going to try swimming down eyes closed. No lanyard does make things difficult, but I’m so close to freefall… and I’m really looking forward to it.
So my muscles are loose, I got a lovely tan, I have gorged myself on coconuts, and I have just relaxed today. It has been good. Pity the bites on my feet are so darned itchy so I’m just going to keep on ignoring them until they go away.