Yesterday we went to the beach to sun bathe and relax. I got a 1 hour massage (swedish) for $40 US. The hotel offers massage and spa treatments but they are considerably more expensive, so we opt for the Beach ladies. It was fantastic... one note; the masseus took my ankle bracelet off for the massage and I had to ask for it afterward.. I am unsure if this was intentional--I dont want to believe it was, she was a sweet lady... but you may want to remove bracelets, etc if you get a beach masage. The darn PA bracelet was getting in her way as well. It would be very nice if they could figure out a different system to mark thier guests.
It started pouring rain around 11:30 and the beach grill doesnt open til 12:00 so we came back to the room, showered and headed downtown. We are eating SO much, last night we skipped dinner because we both felt like we might burst! For dinner we went to the square downtown with all the carts and had Churros (?) deep fried cake donut type thing in a star shape (profile) that is rolled in cinnamin sugar and DELICIOUS! Last year, we had found some of the best food on these carts...and CHEAP :))
We ate lunch of lime soup and split arrachero tacos at a small spot on hidalgo,,,yum! After lunch we went to Squalo and I took my written test--those dive tables are BRUTAL to figure out..I barely passed that portion of the test. I'll want to study it more back home.
We scheduled a night dive for Monday night on a shallow reef... Also talked about doing some deeper (60 foot) dives which I am nervous about. It takes quite a bit of time for me to equalize my ears-I didnt think I would be able to do it at all which is why I didnt get the written exam done ahead of arrival. Andres has been very patient and baby sits me all the way down-I hate being dependent--and I dont like holding up the group--I feel like an inconsiderate a$$. But really, it takes me several minutes every 10 feet... I hope this will improve with experience.
We decided to rent a cart today, go to the south end and snorkle next to garrafon. We want to get up early in the am tomorrow and go beach combing-I really want some sea glass. So we'll keep the cart 24 hours, maybe have dinner at Villa Rolandi.
On my dinner bucket list is Olivias and Lola something (help me out here) both requiring reservations. I would also like to try Angelos, but with all this $$$ diving, we may have to eat more at the hotel!!! Decisions, decisions... GOD its good to be here...I'm exhausted every night, but its a GOOD exhausted. I can feel the Vitamin D pumping through my blood..it takes 10 years off... until about 9pm when I am 51 yrs old again. damn.....
I also have purchased to opal rings since we got here...I had my own little stash of $$ from some extra overtime... but really, they werent that expensive. I got one at Fire Opal and the other at Mr Opal. I will post photos if there is any interest... The one from fire opal is a stone that is uncut-simply polished with good fire and glow. The other is a deep orange, very clear ring that I will treasure-the man at Mr Opal states that he owned the mine these stones came from. He even showed us an article in National Geographic that he is in, an old article. The mine is now closed. He spent alot of time with us, I believe his name is Alejandro. What a sweet old guy, gave me a little treasure bonus gift too ;). I asked the gentleman at fire opal (also very nice and educational) about the ownership of the mine and he did not discount the story.
2 guys I would recommend doing business with, both will set your stone in a different ring if you like, both very patient, not pushy at all. Decent pricing without all the haggling (which I appreciate). I really dont care to haggle, I ask the price, if its more than I want to pay, I make one offer, if that doesnt work I leave or look elsewhere. I just dont like feeling pressured.
OK...Mark is giving me the evil eye for typing so long...
I hope this helps someone make plans, remember trips, or brings a smile.