Since the sunrise was a no-go, I went back to bed and attempted to catch another hour of two of sleep. But! the water was too beautiful and the birds were too busy chirping, so I went for an early morning swim off of our pier. It was amazing to feel like the only person awake and floating in the sea. After a little bit of that, I got out and dried off. I packed my dive bag and headed to the dive shop to start my first day of open water diving (I have to do two days to complete my scuba certification). On the way, I stopped at a little coffee stand where I bought some fresh Belizian Coffee and some mini-donuts (Which taste nothing like donuts and are home made at every coffee stand here).
|Scenery on the walk into town...|
|Frenchie's Dive Shop, Caye Caulker, Belize|
|Amor y Cafe. Caye Caulker, Belize|
|Fresh fruit to start the day|
|My dive boat in port|
We spent all afternoon in the water doing two dives. The first was just to get underwater and explore. On the second dive, we did a few skill test to practice some scenarios that might arise sometime during our dive career. Both dives were absolutely stunning and hooked me into the sport. I am really looking forward to heading back tomorrow to finish my cert.
On the way home from the dive shop, I stopped at one of the local bars and had some Rum punch and dinner (you are right, more lobster). I made friends with the owner and we chatted a little bit. He gave me a few pointers for some spots around the island I should visit during my stay.
My evening ended up being very unique. After taking a quick nap, I decided to go out and see what kind of nightlife there was. I ended up getting home way later than I intended because I stopped at one of the small bars along the beach with the intention of having a drink or two and moving on. I ended up having a great conversation with the bartender which he then introduced me to the owner. The owner, Godfrey, and his son, Tucker, run the restaurant. Godfrey also owns the hotel across the beach. Godfrey invited me to stay for a little bit after they closed up shop and we became fast friends. He introduced me to the entire family and told me to make sure I come back to his restaurant. They are closed the next days. When I told him I was leaving Wednesday morning, he told me that I better stop and have breakfast with him on my way off the island. I will be doing that for sure.