Rest, Relax, Repeat!

Howdy all!

This weekend has been pretty quiet for us, but still worthy of a good update for all of you keeping an eye on us!

Yesterday, on Saturday, everyone enjoyed a great sleep-in until our super late 9am breakfast! In reality though, most people were already awake by 7:30 since our internal clocks have gotten used to that time, so a few of us went to the beach for a warm little morning swim or run, sat out on the balcony and drank coffee or tea, or even a few of us did some relaxing sunrise yoga.

As the day went on, everyone took the opportunity to go to the markets here to find cool skirts, shirts, carvings, paintings, and all other kinds of neat stuff! By lunch time though, everyone met up at Mango’s, a small little cafe hidden away that claimed Mexican food (hahaha, but we all know the only good Mexican food is in Mexico or Texas!) as well as smoothies and other fun things like cheese, olives, salads, etc., etc. I got a Jamaican Jerk wrap. I bet you wanted to know that.

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Mozambique is beautiful, even in the winter time.

Mozambique is beautiful, even in the winter time.

Anyway, after lunch some of us headed over to Pinto’s Beach Bar, which is a cool little shack on the bay area of Ponto’s beach that has loud and debate-ably good music, and great picnic tables. A few of us enjoyed a cold beer or cider in the warm sunshine, but the wind almost swept us away after a few minutes, so many of us went back to play cards and take naps, or jump back in the ocean!

Market crafts. "Bring out the dancing swordfish!"

Market crafts. “Bring out the dancing swordfish!”

After dinner everyone went over to Frans’ place and we had a big bonfire where we played guitar and enjoyed the comfortable Mozambique winter time as we laughed and got to know each other even better. Definitely a fun night just getting to stop for a while and enjoy throwing logs on the fire as we poked fun at each other and made the most of our time here in Mozambique! Allie and Paige even had a little dance off as you can see from the photos!

DANCE-OFF! Paige is too Jordie to handle sometimes, but we all love her anyway.

DANCE-OFF! Paige is too Jordie to handle sometimes, but we all love her anyway.

This morning, Bernie and I headed out for a nice and early morning SCUBA DIVE! Bernie overslept so I had to wake him up and then he forgot to wear swim shorts, so that was fun, but we still ended up diving on time and had a blast visiting the reefs about 17m below the surface! We saw diamond rays, an octopus, shrimp, crabs, juvenile angelfish (which is the cool little blue fish with white rings,) and even had a close run-in with a few Great White Sharks that nearly ate us! JUST KIDDING, no sharks were found, but we did spend a few minutes looking out for humpback whales to assist with some new research being done on them in the area, so that was really unique to get to be a part of before getting the boat out of the bay African-style, where captains build up their speed in the shallow water and run the boats onto the sand so that tractors can load them up and take them back to their garage, because loading docks don’t generally exist here (and it’s about a million times more fun and awesome.)

Nemo was hiding in his little house. Funny thing though, Nemo in reality was bright orange. Deep under water, red lightwaves are lost first!

Nemo was hiding in his little house. Funny thing though, Nemo in reality was bright orange. Deep under water, red lightwaves are lost first!

Schools of fish, which is funny because they shouldn't be in school on the weekend...

Schools of fish, which is funny because they shouldn’t be in school on the weekend… Clearly they don’t pay attention in class.

Starfish just starfishing.

Starfish just starfishing. YOLO I guess?

Can you see it? The Diamond Ray in this photo is lying under the sand to hide. See if you can spot his two gills!

Can you see it? The Diamond Ray in this photo is lying under the sand to hide. See if you can spot his two gills!

Juvenile Angelfish and an eel! Eeek!

Juvenile Angelfish (little and bright blue) and an eel! Eeek!

This afternoon some people went for some more swimming, had some smoothies and pizza, and checked out what they could find at the markets to bring home to their families, but I won’t spoil what they got everyone because that’s almost like ruining Christmas! But we all had an enjoyable time getting to relax another day here in paradise, where the sand is soft and the waters are warm, and the locals are always friendly and welcoming. In fact, we were all invited to watch the World Cup Finals at a local pub with the guys who help us cook dinner every day, so tonight we watched the match (go Germany!) and got some wifi while we watched the end of this fun World Cup series. Jessica, Kris and Alli all went for some deep sea fishing this evening and aren’t back yet, so I’ll see if I can’t post some photos from them tomorrow.

About to go catch us some breakfast for tomorrow! Minus Bernie, he's literally just a poser in this picture. He didn't go deep sea fishing. I would know because we watched the World Cup together...ON LAND!

Kris, Jess, Bernie and Alli about to go catch us some breakfast for tomorrow! Minus Bernie, he’s literally just a poser in this picture. He didn’t go deep sea fishing.

Tomorrow morning we’re waking up before the sun to go play with dolphins, so stick around for more photos!

Waking up before this. Yeah, we're ready.

Waking up before this. Yeah, we’re ready.

Until next time!

-Casey

 

P.S.

Tonight is BONUS NIGHT! I managed to sneak some photos from people’s Mozambique visas, and the customs agents were kind enough to never tell us when it was time to take the photo, so that’s why everyone looks extra ratchet/mankey/bogan. ENJOY! 🙂

Ebony, Paige, Rufus and Steph. Confused.

Ebony, Paige, Rufus and Steph. Dazed and Confused.

Alli, Amy, TJ and Jess. Prison inmates, possibly?

Alli, Amy, TJ and Jess. All looking like prison inmates, possibly?

Niki, Hannah, Candace, and of course, the never-elusive AfriKiki grub. Everyone actually looks fairly normal in this group. And that's not Kiki's real photo from her visa but of course she snuck her way into these photos anyway. Sneaky grubs!

Niki, Hannah, Candace, and of course, the never-elusive AfriKiki grub. Everyone actually looks fairly normal in this group (go team!) And that’s not Kiki’s real photo from her visa but of course she snuck her way into these photos anyway. Sneaky grubs!

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