Unfortunately I have got an ear infection which means I can't dive this week but it has meant I've been able to do some other stuff instead! So on Sunday I was woken by the sound of engines running instead of the usual farmyards animals - the guys had rented quad bikes! Jess and Melissa were on one, Mike and Lisa on another, and Perry and Jo on the mother of all machines. I swapped with Perry and Julia got on too and off we went! We only got half way down the road however when we tried to make a tight corner and ended up in a ditch in front of two policemen! They just laughed at us as we tried to get it out! Don't worry, no broken bones, just some injured pride for Jo as there were some women driver comments I'm sure! Kieran then took over on our bike and Julia got on with Melissa and Jess and we headed off to the beach at Olon, the next town along. I have to say my 30 year old brain was wondering whether it was the best idea to be tearing along the beach on a quad driven by a 19 year old but it was so much fun, lol.
We managed to all get a lift back to Montanita in the back of a pickup truck driven by someone from the school and we went back to the cabanas and Julia made an immense curry. Don't know where she found the ingredients, it is a bit pot luck when you attempt to cook here! So an early night and a DVD for us after quite an exhausting weekend!
Back to classes on Monday at the more respectable hour of 10am this week. We are now learning the past tense and I'm beginning to be able to pull sentences together but we are so awful at practising out side of class, we all speak too much English! After I got back from class I was told that there was a delivery coming for me on one of the local buses! My amazing mother had somehow managed to organise flowers to be delivered to me for my birthday, and considering there are no street names here that is some feat. And this was no ordinary bouquet of flowers, I have never seen anything like it, it took two of us to carry them home! After admiring them for a while, we went out for a little bit of dinner and were going to go to the beach party that is held on mondays but after walking all the way along the beach it was obvious nothing was happening so we called it a night. However, it was just passed midnight so I started my 31st birthday strolling along a beautiful beach with some wonderful people, not a bad start to the year!
So I got up and went to my morning class where they sang happy birthday to me, then when I came back to the cabanas the guys were baking me a cake! Couldn't believe it! Now that would have been a mission to find ingredients for! We devoured it in minutes and then headed to the beach. Unfortunately the sun has still not decided to grace us with it's presence and as you may know it always rains on my birthday so I was treated to some light drizzle! But we hung out, had a couple of beers and some takeaway chicken and attempted to make a sandcastle! Back home for a quick change then out for dinner at a peruvian place called wipeout, then on to a pool bar. We thought we'd head to cocktail alley but it was pretty dead due to it being a Tuesday so we went to a bar called Maholos instead where we chilled out and listened to some music, the bartender let us choose songs from his iPod and even taught us some Spanish words, not all of them rude! Really had a great day and didn't have time to feel homesick or anything which I was worried about. I have really landed on my feet with the group of people who are here and although of course I miss you all like crazy, I couldn't ask for better people to substitute you with for the time being!
My Spanish teacher says that in Montanita you celebrate your birthday for 5 days so I think it is going to be a pretty hectic week, as there is a public holiday on Friday and a couple of our crew are leaving a the weekend. However, next week I am purely diving with no Spanish lessons so that will be quite intense, so making the most of this, la semana de fiestas!
On a separate note, it has been so awful to hear what has being going on back at home. It has even made the news here and it really seems like you are watching something from another country. Please stay safe people and I hope it rights itself soon. I don't know, I leave you alone for a couple of weeks and look what happens to England!
Hasta luego, muchos besos xxx