Hello lovely people. ok so i am back in the water.... Yipppeeeee. finally everything is coming together. i had a disasterous try about a week and a half ago and then left it a few day. I have now been out for 3 days diving, 8 dives in total and they have been amazing. Firstly shark island, sadly no sharks, but still wicked a wicked dive site. then Japanese gardens and green rock. I saw Eel, rays and all those beautiful little fish you all have in your fish tanks at home, Only hundreds of them. The sites are beautiful too, coral and rock and funny little creatures i cant begin to tell you about. I will borrow my friends underwater camera next week and get some pictures.
I have just come back from a very rainy (i hear you all laughing) day on the boat, but the plus side was it made the visibility amazing. Firstly Twins, two pinnacles close together. it was an amazing 50 min dive, loads of fish, two eels and a ray. Then on to White rock, again amazing visibility, but we got attacked by not 1 but 3 trigger fish. Now Trigger fish are what we spend our time looking out for, and trying very hard to avoid. They are territorial with their territories going in a V shape, smaller on the sea bed and getting bigger as you go up. Unfortunately we have no idea how big these territories are. Add into this the fact the March is apparently their 'vicious' season and you get a small problem! or rather large as the ones we came across today were bigger than my leg in length! we were swimming happily along, checking out the rock, looking for the resident turtle and suddenly all three of us had one following our fins! ok so trying not to panic you either blow bubbles at them from you reg or get out you dive knife..... all three then decided to follow the girl, renee who was leading the dive.... they have seriously nasty teeth and i have seen people with stitches from their bits! Poor renee, they wouldnt leave her alone, even after she had kicked them hard. we had to swim fast and hard to try and get out of their way, Thankfully they gave up...... after that i spent the rest of the dive looking around for another one...... ah!!!!
As you can probably tell i am having the time of my life now i can dive again, and everyday gets more exciting..... dont expect me home too soon!!!!
Check out the new photos i have put up, there are a couple of my foot so i am sorry if your a bit grossed out!
Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, i know, useless again. You would think that my being injured and out the water would mean i would have masses of time to write this blog, but the days just seem to get away from me...... Island life is terribly taxing......
So Today my stitches came out! Woo Hoo!!!!! the scar is looking pretty spectacular and will be a lovely- if not happy - reminder of my time out here. The doctors have told me i should be in the water within a week which has made my day. You have no idea how frustrating it is to live by a spectacular beach, with a beautiful sea, and to watch all you friends going out on the boat everyday, and you cant even paddle in the water! I have survived though. Thanks to a couple of other friends who have kept me company, drinking cocktails in the middle of the afternoon, going shopping and generally laughing and joking for days. Do I sound miserable......i hope not as truley i am having the time of my life.
The whole point of my coming out here was not just to dive, but to spend some time away, thinking about what is to be my next move in life, and the last two weeks have given me ample oppurtunity to do this. Dont get me wrong, i change my mind every day, but at least i am thinking!
So my day to day life tends to start with Breakfast at Zest - AMAZING coffee shakes - at about 10.30. Afetr this i will head to the dive shop, with others who are actually going on the afternoon boat, just to say hi, catch up with last nights stories and find people to play with for the day. Then probably head to Wind Beach, it has a deck on the beach and you can sunbath, and relax and drink....... I'll have a nap in the afternoon - essential - then back to Wind beach or Fizz - They have bean bags on the beach which i have to admit i have fallen asleep in a couple of times!- to watch the sunset. So far i have only missed 2..... Then it is off out for dinner somewhere, a few drinks a the Simple life bar and then to one of the bars on the beach to watch the fire dancers etc.
So as you can see, not too shabby! I move into a new place on saturday with 4 other DMTs (Divemaster Trainees) which will be great and then, bring on the diving.......
So, anyone coming to see me! Let me know.
Check out the photos on my facebook page if you want
Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
Ok Ok i know i have been useless...... I have a pretty good excuse..... but i will get to that!!!
Life here continues to be amazing. My new hut is luxury and i have had some time to enjoy the beaches and scenery as well as the night life. I find myself to be so content sitting on the beach reading, chatting with friends and generally chilling out to the extreme. All those things i have not done for years!
I have not been diving for the last 3 days and sadly wont be for another week...... As on Tuesday evening a drunk person on a motorbike ran me over while i was walking down the road. Firstly i am ok, but i have had to had 12 stiches in my heel and ankle and have been back and forth from the doctors(who have been amazing and LOVE me) to have antibiotic drips and pain killers. I am on crutches and so look like a fool but thankfully thailand has some amazing pain pills so i am not feeling anything! Mummy keeps asking for pictures of my stitches, i will when i can bare to look at it but at the moment, NO WAY. My friend told me it lookslike something from SAW. So for now they are under the bandage and will stay there!
It is very annoying but as with so many things in life you must not let it get you down. So chin up, and as i am told by my instructors, this gives me a chance to work on my drinking skills..... No, i actually havent had a drop for 3 days - SHOCK.
So my life here carries on, apart from being seperated from the wonderful sea which is sad, i will be spending the next few days trying to explore. Photos will come, there are on my camera but the cables are in my room.... sorry, ill put them up later today.
Love to you all, let me know whats going on with all of you xx
Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
Thank you all for the messages and for wanting to continue reading my blog. I am alive and well and happily living the diving life here on Koh Tao.
i Arrived last wednesday, having been upgraded on the plane for Kenya.....a first and one could really get used too!!!!! i spent one night in Bagkok and then headed down here. Koh tao is Lush. Beautiful weather, wonderful diving and lots of great people to hang out with.
I live in a small apartment about 10 mins walk away from the beach and although it is pretty basic i feel at home there. The diving is great too. So much fun to be under the water again, i have completly forgotten everything from the last time so its a good thing that i have started from the beggining again. On my second dive i got to see a turtle..... amazing, as most of you know I LOVE TURTLES! so this was really special. Today i did a Wreck dive, and although the visibility was pretty shocking its is still an amazing thing to see. Tomorrow is the night dive.... cant wait.
Life here is pretty easy, I dive, drink, party, sleep and then do it all over again, its a hard life.......
I miss you all back at home, but not enough to come home just yet i am afraid.... why not come and visit me!!!!!
Love to all and i promise some photos will be up soon.....i just forgot my camera today.
New Photos too, look to the left of my page x
Hello all my friends,
Thank you to everyone who is follow me, it must be very dull but i am chuffed with the response to my blog. I am the 5th Most read! Woop!
So what has been going on.......
On Thursday I visited the wonderfully Italian Malindi for some retail therapy, Thank you mummy. There is the most beautiful jewellery and Clothing here it has made it very difficult to decided what to pack into my rucksack...... if only I could actually carry something bigger, Note to self-find strong man to carry my ever increasing rucksack! I haven't visited Malindi for a whole day, mostly i pass through on the way somewhere else, and really enjoyed myself. Thanks to Jessica, my partner in crime, we ransacked various shops before heading to The Driftwood, (www.driftwoodclub.com) for yummy food and Fresh juices. I am starting to realsise that this is rapidly becoming and 'where to eat' of my travels....... well I do like to eat, but hopefully there will be other things to read about too!
On Friday I had the first of 3 (yes i know i am spoiled) days Deep sea fishing. I love to go Fishing, i hope this is not a surprise to any of you. The pirates are still up in the north around Somalia,there are currently NO warnings for us down here, and having had a long chat with various worthy sea captains, and checking in with the coastguards I felt it safe, if you stay close to shore and near home.... I am happy to do this. We follow a great ethos in Tag and Release fishing, apart from those such as Tuna and Felusi which are delicious to eat. Friday was with Albatros. We fished out of Kilifi into choppy sea but feeding birds. We had a wonderful morning bobbing around chasing the hope of sailfish and marlin..... chasing.......having a beer, chasing.......! t was wonderful, i love being on the sea. We had a successful day in the end with 2 beautiful Felusi - well done mummy and Jessica and a big stinky Baracuda - nicely caught Peter. I had great success and caught not 1, not 2 but 3 large pieces of SEAWEED!!!!!!! AH. Well I cant complain.
Saturday, day 2, Fishing with an old friend Benji Bowles on his boat Cold Shoulder. Benji is an amazing fisherman and it is always so nice to go out with him. On the boat by 8am, bacon sandwiches, sausages and coffee and I felt sure today i was going to catch a whopper....... I did, of SEAWEED! Again we had a great day though, we raised 2 sailfish and saw lots of mackeral and Benito. None of them were interested in us though and having chased and searched, had a beer and caught another SEAWEED! we headed home.
Today, Monday, we headed out on my favorite boat Delta -(www.rodwellfishingkenya) Ken is an amazing skipper and has put up with my moans and shrieks - and my 2 hour long fight with a Marlin - so he must be a saint!!!! we as a family have been fishing with Delta or Centa for 15 years! Yes they keep letting me back, its shocking. We fished out of Mtwapa, Mombassa, headed out into the and chased birds, benito and birds...... the fish wanted nothing to do with us. But Ken is amazing, I have never had a days fishing with him when we haven't caught anything. We headed for home, Incidentely i was napping on the bench...... and suddenly out of nowhere we were hit by a pack of Sailfish....... First line went, mummy shrieked!!!! then another, then another, finally my line went. We had 4 sailfish hooked at the same time, I have never witnessed this before by the way. Up stairs Ken was directing us, 'Jo, you need to go under your mums rod, then over snoos.....yes and now do it again.....' Sadly I lost mine but 3 sailfish were brought up to the boat and duely released without harm. They are such beautiful fish and Jump clean out of the water when they are first caught. Amazing. In all thats fishing, it is always amazing to be out on the water, it feels so natural to me, and some days you will catch a fish, some days you wont..... There is always next time.
With my fishing over i want to mention a problem that the coast is having at the moment. Most of the locals are fishermen, ther go out in the smallest dug outs or bigger ones with sails and fish to feed their families and make some money too. Recently the waters have been hit by the prescence of 'Ringnetters'. These boats go out with about 50 people on board (highly dangerous to start) and use big nets to scoop up all the fish they can. I would not have a problem with this is they stuck to the law. They are required to be at least 5 miles off shore, away from the reef too. I have witnessed, and photographed them less than 1/2 a mile off shore, on top of the reek pulling in everything. I saw 2 sailfish trying to jump out, and around 8 men diving down into the nets to 'make sure they are closed'and to cut the fish up. I know it sounds silly, i love to fish, but this is just barbaric, i am not being very detailed, and it is ruining the fishermens chances. AH!
Tomorrow evening i fly to Bangkok, spend 24 hrs there and then head down to KOh Tao, woop! 'excited face'. A round of thank yous to everone in Kilifi for making the last 3 weeks amazing, Jessica, i miss you already, and everbody elase i cant wait to see you next year-or sooner- who knows!
To Thailand, watch pout I am on my way, does anyone have any 'Must do's' and 'Must donts' for while i am there?
For now goodbye, tune in for news on Thailand xx
Photos so far x
Good morning Guys and Girls, thank you to all who have viewed my first entry. So i am still in Kilifi, very relaxed and being pampered by my mum....... is there any surprise i am still here?!!!
First off a quick plug for my friend Harriet who has stared her own blog www.thediaryofadomesticdisappointment.blogspot.com
. it is brilliant and everyone should sign up. I can not wait for the next installment.
Now back to what i have been up to. Quite an adventurous few days, ish. Last time i wrote it was Saturday so i shall start there.....
Saturday was my friend Jessica s birthday so we visited the boatyard, (www.kilifiboats.com) where old and young boozed the day away in true Kenya style. Samosas and wine, is there really anything else you need on a Saturday in the sun, on the beach, looking out to sea? We followed this with more wine and then a moonlight booze cruise up the creek. Rum=Yum......
A swim and some tunes later time to return to shore...... now any of you who know me will NOT be surprised by following incident..... as the boat started, i lost my balance and face planted the engine, not the propeller end though, left side of the face, arm and body. Clumsy should be my first name! Currently sporting a beautifully shiny black eye and some lovely bruises..... I am fine though so do not worry (if you were that is!) Ha ha!
Sunday brought me more turtles, this time not baby ones but the really big ones, swimming up against the cliff to munch on whatever green loveliness grows there. There were at least 70 of them, i guess, popping up and down causing a lot of excitement. I LOVE turtles!
Monday morning to Mombassa - ooofffff! (as my sister would say) Yellow fever injection done, blood group determined.... I have never known mine - O+ - and i dont know why! -errands run, off to a delicious Japanese restaurant - Misono near the nakumatt in Nyali. If you go to the area check it out, everything was great. I am not an avid fish eater and i had a whole plate of sashimi to myself, shock horror!
The full moon rose that evening, here it comes straight out of the sea, blazing red. We sat on my veranda, sipping wine...... I sound soppy but it is an amazing experience to see it.
Tuesday i learn t how to properly drive a speed boat - always useful when your about to jet off and become a scuba instructor..... coming into the jetty, off the jetty, into moorings, off moorings, soaking my mother as i sped passed, hee hee, lots of fun.
And now i am sat here, about to go for a walk on the beach, followed by dinner with Rula Lenska..... any of you know who i am talking about?.....
My true adventures begin on Tuesday next week, and i cant wait, for now this may all be a bit boring, i am just giving you a run down on my life here but who knows what will happen in the next 4 months....... I can not wait to find out.
Goodbye for now,