Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Tofo Mozambique (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 68, Saturday 3rd October until Friday 9th October 2015.
Portuguese word of the week: Ventilador (Fan).
Saturday. My day off, played with Suunto the puppy who I had to keep my eyes on as he gets everywhere. I spent most of the day on the porch watching programmes and finishing a terrible painting. In the evening the local yoga teacher and future neighbour came round and cooked a wonderful vegan meal.
Sunday was a shop day, a quiet day. It’s another public holiday tomorrow so this sleepy little fishing/diving community becomes a holiday location full of 4×4’s and other monster cars. I prefer the sleepy slightly hung over feel, but it’s good for the local business I suppose. The traffic parked in and around the market is terrible on days like this; I know a couple of people who will be sitting in their cars swearing and shouting at the 4×4’s just parked in the middle of the road.
Monday, I did an Ocean Safari. I had briefed the group and were about to leave when 2 more people arrived and asked if they could join. I did a quick but concise brief and off we went, I could have taken my time as we had a tractor problem and were being launched by another dive shop which meant having to wait for them to be free. We had loads of dolphins on the trip but every time we got in the water they disappeared, I can imagine them watching us and laughing at how stupid we are. There were breaching humpbacks but they were too far away for us to reach but everyone saw them make a splash. There is not much humpy action at the moment they will be soon heading back south which is sad. I have moved in to my new place, I felt a little lonely when Jari dropped me off but that soon disappeared, I plan to be here till mid-December when I house sit for Chris.
Tuesday was a wet day. Originally I was supposed to be Kayaking but then got asked to lead a dive to “Salon”. Not great viz but still a nice dive. Afterward it was straight out for another Safari, a very full boat who were again buzzed by many Dolphins, but we didn’t see anything else. This evening I had a sleepover with Rusty the dog, when it was time for bed I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Would he sleep near the bed or across the room, no he had his own idea and climbed in after me under the mozzie net.
Wednesday. My 3rd Ocean Safari of the week and still nothing big. No Whalesharks I wonder if it’s something to do with the temp of the water as it has dropped a little. It’s time to organise my visa run, when I have to leave the country getting stamped out and back in again. I had heard of someone leaving tomorrow I did think about it but it was all very rushed. Jari my boss is heading south Sunday so am catching a lift with him, I want to be back asap.
Thursday, worked in the shop watching the world go by, Tofo is a sleepy place again. Our Tractor is better after Para did major surgery with a hammer. I lead an afternoon dive to “Mikes Cupboard”, highlights were Octos one of which was really quite large, I also got buzzed by a Cowfish (love a Cowfish) it came so close to my face and circled the line and reel I was holding. A really lovely gentle 62 minute dive, the sound of Humpbacks was so loud they were very close, we kept looking up just in case. In the evening a group of us went to Liz and Narciso lovely house, walking in the dark with torches not really knowing where were going is always fun. First real power cut of the week once we arrived; everything looked pretty lit up by mobile phones. Great food and company.
Friday. This afternoon I went on my first deep dive since I returned nearly a month ago. It was great to be going back to “Giants Castle” (I’m there tomorrow morning, woo hoo). A huge Marble Ray half buried in the sand, large Moray and lots of schooling fish were the highlights. Great dive, so nice to be deep again. There are lots of birds at the dive shop I was watching a mum and baby for a while I don’t know what type of bird. Mum flew away baby tried to follow but just glided to the ground in front of Rusty who just looked at it, not sure who was more scared. Joonas picked up the baby (I know you’re not supposed to but this was an emergency) and put the baby on a roof. I just watched and watched it, after 15 minutes of mum getting nearer and nearer the pair were reunited, phew I can sleep tonight.
In other news this week, saw two dogs stuck together during sex, the yelping and crying was horrible to hear. I helped by spooning coconut oil in to the palm of another person hand who massaged them free, I’m not naming the dogs to save there blushes. Drove Nadia’s quad bike which is always a thrill. Seen a couple of cute Cats where I live, I’m not attracting them as Cats have a tough life here and I wouldn’t want to be responsible for a death by a Dog. Another dive shop saw a Mola Mola while on Safari, how frustrating ahhhh. I find someone attractive.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have been watching: “Orange Is The New Black”, (Season 2, eps 10 to 13) & (Season 3, eps 1 to 3), “Killjoys”, (Season 1, eps 5), “Dark Matter”, (Season 1, eps 9 to 13), “Top Gear”, (Season 2, eps 2 & 3).
This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (02 & 03/10/15), “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (07/10/15), “Morrissey”, “PJ Harvey”, “Elbow”, Fleetwood Mac”, “M.I.A”, “Santigold”,
Reading: “Knit One, Kill Two”, by Maggie Sefton, “Morrissey List of the Lost”, by Morrissey and “A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire” book 2 “ A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin.