Making Tracks in Mozam!

G’day guys!

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday, but we had some connection issues once again. What can ya say though, third-world countries!

Apart from that, we’ve had a wild and crazy last 2 days! Yesterday was jammed-packed full of activities!

In the morning, everyone set out for the second and final dolphin research ride to see what all we could find! The early group got pretty lucky, and just so happened to come up upon 2 adult humpback whales swimming with a newborn calf! We traveled alongside the pod for about an hour before heading back to the bay to let the next group out, which was plenty of time for us to get some insane photos of them as they came up and even did a few jumps out of the water! The sunrise was also pretty spectacular from the ocean ๐Ÿ™‚

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The second group also had some luck getting to see some crazy marine life, but what ultimately got them into the water was this big guy:

 

Whale shark!

Whale shark!

That’s right, that’s the rare WHALE SHARK! Now don’t worry, whale sharks are harmless, they can’t even bite! This guy was apparently so calm that the volunteers got to swim alongside him for almost 30 minutes before letting the 4 metre-long guy take his talents to south beach.

After we all had our exhilarating time with the ocean for the morning, we set off to the school to get some serious work done! We got to work in the septic pit, where bricks have started to go up, and we even got walls up on the new classroom before lunch! And of course, we all helped to make progress on the toilets which are coming along nicely!

In the afternoon, a few of the volunteers who decided to get their discover Scuba licenses went out for a little bit of a dive also. Some of the girls, like Hannah and Jess, just wanted to prove to themselves they could do it, while others, like Kiki and Amy, just wanted to get more experience puking off the side of a boat! But aside from that, everyone got in and went down, which is a huge feat for nervous, pale and sweaty first-time divers! While we were down, we saw some cool animals like Lionfish, Potato Bass, Clownfish and even a few Butterfly fish. It was a blast getting to see everyone face their fears and see what’s on the African ocean safari!

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Jess saying she's having fun while accidentally signing to ascend... maybe she wasn't actually enjoying it... 0_0

Jess saying she’s having fun while accidentally signing to ascend… maybe she wasn’t actually enjoying it… (0_0)

Potato Bass #2

Potato Bass #2

Potato Bass #1 was as big as a person!

Potato Bass #1 was as big as a person!

Amy, Bernie and Kiki taking an underwater selfie, as usual.

Amy, Bernie and Kiki taking an underwater selfie, as usual.

Pre-dive.

Pre-dive.

Time to wrap up training and get geared-up

Time to wrap up training and get geared-up

Post dive!

Post dive!

After getting everyone back, we all settled down for some dinner, played some cards and called it a night early!

Today though, we all got to the school early to finish as much work as possible before lunch, and there was a lot to do!

This morning everyone helped to: move septic bricks to the tank, unload a truck of large bricks for the toilets, mix over 4 bags of cement (which is a lot of work when you include the sand and rocks,) dig a hole for the classroom doorway, erect and cement the doorway post, paint the classroom walls, plaster the outside of the toilets, and even unload a new load of cement bags which weigh in at just over 50 kilos (110lbs.) We were bushed!

 

TJ got caught "reading" again, how embarrassing!

TJ got caught “reading” again, how embarrassing!

Ally is.. WORKING?!? Just kidding, she's always a good worker :)

Ally is.. WORKING?!? Just kidding, she’s always a good worker ๐Ÿ™‚

putting up the walls!

putting up the walls!

the agony of a wall cave-in...

the agony of a wall cave-in…

Cat sitting on her "throne"

Cat sitting on her “throne”

Getting those septic bricks moved!

Getting those septic bricks moved!

Lexi mixing cement like a pro.

Lexi mixing cement like a pro.

Apparently I should always wear my beanie, a cap and a bucket hat?

Apparently I should always wear my beanie, a cap and a bucket hat?

Jessica and Corinne getting that plaster up!

Jessica and Corinne getting that plaster up!

Paige and Linh are boxing and trading tips on fighting, so watch out.

Paige and Linh are boxing and trading tips on fighting, so watch out.

Cat painting with ENTHUSIASM.

Cat painting with ENTHUSIASM.

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Corinne always smiles when she's at the school

Corinne always smiles when she’s at the school

Candace concentrating HARD.

Candace concentrating HARD.

After we wrapped up all our work, we all went back for a quick lunch before heading out for some quad biking through the sand dunes in Ponta! We made our way along the coast on back roads stopping every once in a while to nab a quick bathroom break and a drink since those bikes can get HOT.

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After our last stop at Sunset Bar, we all headed back to have dinner with a local family, which took longer than usual since our truck got a flat! Oh no! Thankfully we were right by a service station, so everyone hopped out and helped to fix the flat, and in no time we were all back in and headed off to have some delicious peri-peri chicken, cole slaw, and various other Mozambique dishes, like samp!

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This photo is COPYRITES of Ally Allelelelelelee or however you spell her crazy name. Thanks for the photo gurl. Looks fresh.

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Gille and the other guys who help us out at school had done a delicious job of cooking, so we showed our appreciation the best way that we know how: by cleaning our plates! It was tough to do, but it was a delicious meal, and everyone agrees about that!

Now we’re all in bed, except me, I’m here typing up a blog for all you rowdy readers who need to go to bed already! Tomorrow we’re getting up early to finish up our last day at the school, and we still have some work to do, so be sure to check in for more goodies!

 

Until next time!

-Casey

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