Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Tofo Mozambique (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 81, Saturday 2nd January until Thursday 7th January 2016.
Portuguese word of the week: “Deixando”, meaning “Leaving” as in everyone is leaving Tofo.
Saturday, I suspect I’m one of the few people in Tofo who doesn’t have a hangover this morning. Went on a dive south with an American family great viz at “Manta” but no Manta’s seen. Later I led a dive to “Salon” the viz was so much better than a few days ago I could actually see the reef. There is water again at home; I can now have a long slow shower instead of a very quick garden one (you never know if anyone is watching).
I have water again…..
Sunday, a very wet day. A double tank south, to “Hogwarts” and “Manta” large Morays and groupers seen. Most people were a little sick during the surface interval, including me the sea really was very choppy. What took our minds of things was a Turtle was spotted. The Turtle was in fact meters from another dive shops boat, we didn’t shout to them as they all appeared to be asleep (on their surface interval). When I got back to the shop I was asked to out again, this time to “Mikes Cupboard”, another Turtle seen, lots of amazing fish what a wonderful ocean of amazing creatures we have.
Tofo is returning to normal after the Crimbo season.
Monday, went on a dive to “Giants Castle” or part of it because the drop was not great. As I dropped I saw my depth was not what it should have been, therefore I grouped everyone together at the correct depth and swam in the direction I knew the reef to be (with the aid of my trusty compass). Once we found the reef I could see we were on the south end of the 600 meters of reef. The customers had problems keeping at 5 meters for 3 minutes the safety stop, one of them was far too busy with his camera on a selfie stick. In my mind i could see myself grabbing it and snapping it in half. In reality I smiled at him and helped him keep at the required depth. Later I did an ocean safari with a full boat of adults and children, when I saw how young some of the kids were I decided that they couldn’t go in the sea and they would have to wear life jackets. After a quick boat to boat transfer of an upset child and a sea sick adult we were off. Unfortunately only Dolphins were spotted, which still brought a smile to every ones faces. I did manage to snorkel with a bait ball of fish just under the surface.
Tuesday, my day off. I didn’t walk more than 5 meters from the house. For the last few weeks I have been house sitting for the lovely Chris being looked after by his 4 cats. Tomorrow I move as he returns, this has meant that today I have tried my best to keep out of the way of the housekeeper. As I don’t want to mess up the house.
Wednesday, it’s that time again when I have to arrange my visa run, as next week I start house sitting for Nadia while she is away I have to be back on Monday so I am going a couple of days earlier. Got to go on a lovely drift dive to “Giants”, the GPS co-ordinates have been adjusted so today’s drop was better than a few days ago. A lovely drift dive at 30 meters. In the evening I went to a Braai at Justin’s house, a few friends lots of food and good music, oh and plenty of mozzie spray. I waddled home a little late, I have moved to my bosses house which I have looked after before.
Suunto the swimming puppy is my housemate for a couple of nights.
Thursday. A day of arranging the visa run its been decided that I go tomorrow. Patrick and I are taking a slightly different route. We are catching a different bus from a place called Maxixe about 30km from Tofo. We are getting a lift to Inhambane then taking a small ferry to Maxixe. The bus will take us to Maputo, it’s cheaper and were told a better bus which is also quicker. The ticket has been bought and the lift for the morning arranged. Went to “Clownfish” for me a fun dive I wasn’t actually helping anyone, the water was very warm. In fact at noon today the temperature was 39c and guess what I was wearing a wet suit it was so good to be in the sea and the swimming pool afterwards. It really is summer here. Got home and packed ready for the trip.
In other news, said goodbye to the Finnish family that have been with us for a few weeks. Said goodbye to Stephanie and Luc (he is not French) who I have dived with a few times over the last couple of weeks. Most important is Patrick is leaving after 2 months. He will travel to South Africa with me and still see Star Wars of course. Over the last 8 weeks we have become good friends spending most of our time together, I will really miss him but I have made a friend who I will visit in Finland later in the year. I will continue the morning beach commute and remember the good times with my mate Pat. Skype with SAZ and the kids until her battery died.
My buddies is bigger than mine.
This week I have been watching: emmmm, nothing.
This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (01 & 02/01/2016 and 07 & 08/03/2007) “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (07/01/2016), “LBC Podcast: In Conversation, Eddie Izzard & David Tennant”, “Morrissey”, “The Cure”, “Pulp”, “Sleeper”.
Reading: “The Hitchhickers Guide To the Galaxy”, by Douglas Adams, “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.