2004年12月25日

From a Tropical Place

Hello everyone and merry christmas, feliz navidad, sheng dan jie kuai le, wesowych swiat, and (runnin out of languages). I am presently sitting in an internet cafe along the playa zicatela in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. The weather, a fabulous 20 degrees celsius. The food, a delicious blend of mexican, japanese seafood. The sushi here is amazing. For $15, you get this large plate of sashimi with all sorts of vegetables with a side of rice and seaweed. Its almost like eating fajitas, you just grab whatever and make your own sushi rolls. Not to mention its right on the beach where they have surfing competitions in august. While the pipe is only 3-5 feet right now, im sure it becomes more impressive at other times.

I spent most of today playing on various playas and snorkeling. The first time I went out (for about 45 minutes) I saw tons of tropical and beautifully colored fish. I even saw a school of about 100-150 flat, thin, blue and yellow fish. On my second time out I convinced Vicky to go out. Of course none of the snorkels fit her and all the sand in her flippers were irritating. So it wasnt too long before she was having a little trouble breathing and wanted to go back. We were pretty far out at that time and so i took off my snorkel to talk to her while I put my hand out to prop myself against a rock. I put my hand directly on a sea urchin, which stabbed me with about 6-10 prickly needles. It was so painful, but Vicky was having more trouble than I was breathing so we both headed back to the beach. I pulled out all my needles, and OMG it was so painful. Some old pearl divers near the shore saw that I had a problem and was quick to offer help. Apparently the way to deal with it (at least in Mexico) is you piss on your hand, and the uric acid will cause all the needles to pop right out and will ease the numbness. I did, and it felt better, but I felt pretty horrible with urine on my hand so I washed it off (stupidly). Even 3 or 4 hours later or so, my hand is numb and swollen. Its not too serious and should go away within a day or two. The way I see it, it was better my hand than some other body parts!

Despite that, today was a wonderful Christmas and I wouldn´t have wanted to spend it any other way. Im off to eat some sushi! Enjoy the holidays!

December 25, 2004 07:12 PM