Sorry to all of those who missed me, but I was having some fun in the sun and had very little time for blogging.
I last left you feeling terrible about Lowlands, Tenerife briefly started out bad, but I blame Lowlands. The plane we took there was a charter plane from Amsterdam to Tenerife so everything was in Dutch. At that point I had had enough with Dutch and was so pissed off every time I heard someone speak. I convinced myself that I did not know anything they were saying. When we landed I felt a bit better but still not great. That night, Dutch was still on my mind, but luckily by the next day I was in vacation mode and forgot all about my bad experience.
The first day there was my first PADI lesson at Tenerife Dive. Erik and Kris came along with me so they could do the review class since they haven't dove in a while. The first day we were all in the pool. I was suited up and ready to go. Everything was going well with putting my face in the water and breathing though the regulator but then we were all had to sit on the bottom of the sallow end while breathing through the regulator and I was not liking it. I did not panic or flip out but "this is not for me" kept running through my mind. Then after about 1 or two minutes under the water I was fine! I had to do a bunch skills that day in the pool and was able to do most of them with no problem.
The next day I went back on my own to go into the ocean for the first time and work on some more skills. It was really cool being underwater in the ocean while looking at fish and volcanic rock formations. When I got back to the dive center I had to take the written tests and I passed, but I was still not certified yet.
On our third day, I went back for my final day of training with Erik and Kris (who just dove.) That day I got to see some huge rays which was really cool and by the end of the day, I was a certified open water diver! I can now dive without an instructor pretty much anywhere in the world up to 18 meters underwater.
Saturday we finally did relax all day and it was great.
Sunday, Kris and I got massages. It was soooo nice and much needed.
Tuesday we did some off road quading but it ended up being so intense and not fun that we cut it short. There were no real open areas to go fast and the terrain was so dry and rocky that there was dust everywhere.
Wednesday we did two final dives. On the first dive, we saw a big school of fish which was cool, but on the second dive I got to touch sting rays and a turtle!
Thursday was another day of relaxing and Friday we came home.
I had a great time on this holiday. It was the first time that I got to take a real vacation (one at least a week long) in a very long time. This was also the longest vacation I've ever been on (thanks European vacation time!) Thanks Erik and Kris for an awesome and much needed holiday.