Quick update before I head off to India, and to fill you in on the snorkelling, and explain the ridiculous pics!!
29.11.2009 - 01.12.2009 33 °C
As ever I hope you are all doing well, and getting in the festive spirit, I am not at all, as its still 30+ degrees here, surely Christmas doesn't exist in this heat?!?!?
Just wanted to write and let you know how I'm doing just a couple of days before i head off to India.
I arrived back in Cairns on Saturday, and checked into a lovely hostel, which had been recommended by a few people, Travellers Oasis. I then popped along to a massive market and stocked up on some fruit and veg for dinner.
On Sunday, I went snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef! It was amazing, I've never really been snorkelling before, but I loved it! We sailed out for about 2 hours to get to paradise reef in the morning, and then snorkelled right off the back of the boat. We were given the option of wearing stinger suits, as it is just coming into stinger season, and the ones that hang out at the reef are about the size of your fingernail, and pretty much invisible, so I decided to go for the suit, and not get stung! I did however, manage to look completely ridiculous, but hey, that's what being in a country where no one knows you is all about right?!?!
So we got suited up and i hopped into the water, and started looking at all the amazing fish and corals. It was beautiful down there, literally another world. The colours of the fish were incredible, and I kind of felt like I was actually in an aquarium tank!! The range of corals down there was also amazing, some looked like thick spaghetti, waving in the current, and others looked like big crusty rocks. I did want to touch everything, but obviously you're not really supposed to. Once we had spent about an hour and a half down at paradise reef, we hopped back onto the boat, and had some lunch and headed over to michelmas cay, which is basically a big sandy beach in the middle of the reef. We had about 2 hours there, just to investigate the reef from the beach and from the boat. Again the range of fish was breathtaking, some were huge, and others were teeny tiny, all hiding in and out of the rocks and corals. I did see Nemo and his Dad swimming about, so said a quick hello to them, and I actually saw a real life turtle poking his head out of the water, but unfortunately, this was only from the boat, so I didn't see him up close. No sharks, luckily, but loads of massive clams that look really weird and almost fake.
Once we were all back on board, we started back to Cairns, and just chatted about all the things we'd seen. I really love it, and once I'd got the hang of my breathing and everything I was well away. I really want to try some more, so maybe when we get to Thailand I can have another go.
Since then I've mainly been chilling, trying to organise sending things home, and grabbing some essential toiletries in preparation for India. I set off from Cairns on Thursday at 12.45pm and don't arrive in Delhi until 9am on Friday morning, although I will have been travelling for about 24 hours! Lucky me! But then I get to see Dan again and have a big old catch up with him which I can't wait for! I've had so many crazy dreams about it, I think it will be really surreal to actually be there.
I will send everyone a quick email to let you know that I've arrived in India, but until then, its byesebye from me!
Take care everyone.