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:: Saturday, August 23, 2003 ::
Just doing some email before I take off for the Great Barrier Reef to do my final dives of my dive course!! I've just finished 2 days of pool dives and classroom instruction. And now I'm off for 2 nights and 2 days of diving in the open water (the doctor said my ears were OK).

Now, although it may be impossible to fail the course, it was pretty time intensive. If you plan on doing this, don't plan on doing anything else. There's lots of homework and even an exam!

So I'm a little tired after staying up to do my homework, pack up my stuff so that I could put most of it into storage. And making food so that I'd have something to eat today.

The kitchen at Waterfront Backpackers is crap. NO can opener. No sharp knife (had to cut onions with a butter knife!). No lids for the pots. No collander/strainer and no bowls. Makes it bloody difficult to make spagetti.

But I managed.

Have a bit of a tan - did I tell you?
Feeling a little lonely.

:: Cathy 11:57 PM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Friday, August 22, 2003 ::
Started my scuba diving course today. Am on lunch break now.

We did a swimming test and while I passed, I was embarassed at how winded I was. I just don't swim enough. I used to swim a lot as a child, but I think I got to teenage-hood and hated being seen in a bathing suit.

Anyway, I'm a little nervous about the diving. I hope that my ears will be OK. At least I have a really nice Italian dive partner named Daria. I met her on Fraser Island.

To be honest, I'd be happy just to sit around reading and writing in my journal. I've discovered that's my favourite. The weather is beautiful here in Airlie. Really perfect. Don't think I'd like it in summer, though. Even though Byron was a bit chilly, I'm glad I chose this time to come out here.

But I wish that I'd given myself another day or so to rest between Fraser Island and Airlie/Whitsundays. One day didn't seem enough.

Ah well. I'm meeting great people and staying active. Although, based on my swim test I should be MORE active.

I think I'm one of those slow-and-steady-wins-the-race people.

Got a call from my German friend, Andrea, but I was just starting my amazing 10-hr sleep and was SO tired I couldn't keep my eyes open. So she's calling back tonight. I'm so excited as I miss her very much!

:: Cathy 8:52 PM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Thursday, August 21, 2003 ::
Well, I'm BACK!

I'm now in Airlie Beach, take off spot for the Whitsundays (a bunch of Islands on the east coast, just at the south end of the Great Barrier Reef).

I start my dive course tomorrow. So I have some studying to do tonight, but I have a raging migraine and just want to sleep.

I just finished my 3-day Fraser Island 4WD self-guided tour. It was great (more on that later when I have better Internet access) but I got very little sleep (due to hard ground and early rises). Then I took the overnight bus here to Airlie. Very little sleep. Plus, I probably didn't drink enough water on Fraser.

Anyway, I'm staying at Waterfront Backpackers which is in the attic of this waterfront building and, as such, is STIFLINGLY HOT! I'm changing hostels in 2 days.

Almost didn't get to do my dive course. Had my dive medical. The doc says that my ears aren't equalizing properly. Apparently I'm sick (or WAS and my sinuses still haven't figured out that I'm better). So I have to take nose spray to clear it up.

She authorized me to do the pool dive (not very deep) but I have to go back on Sunday to see if I'm cleared to do the deep sea dives that are part of my diving package.

Cross your fingers for me!

Also, thank god for MacDonalds' $2 sundaes! Magic!

:: Cathy 9:14 PM [+] :: 0 comments

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