Diving here is an unforgettable experience. Being submerged 40 feet under the sea and exploring this underwater world is a purely blissful moment for me. The rhythms of the air bubbles from those exhaling around me puts me in a trance and clears my mind. The vibrant colors of the reefs and fish surrounding me makes me feel like I am not even on Earth anymore…the scenery in beyond beautiful. The majestic fan coral and the surrounding fish drift along with the motion of the ocean, like a palm tree would sway in the breeze. My first dive was such a magical moment, and it still hasn’t sunk in that I will get to do this for the entire semester.
This SFS program seemed catered for me, and it is definitely a perfect fit. I have always wanted to an experience a simplistic way of life, and I get to experience just that here. I absolutely love living on an island, the good vibes are everywhere which is easily noticed with a quick walk through town. Everyone wears a wide grin and is friendly and just seem like happy people. They might not have elaborate material objects, but they are still able to have fun and love their lives, which is of utmost importance. Now, I have only lived here for a week now, but I can honestly say life without wifi, freshwater showers, phones, televisions, or any other piece of technology really isn’t that bad. Entertainment can be found exploring the beaches and snorkeling right off the dock. Furthermore, salt water baths are not half bad. They are surprisingly refreshing and I feel clean and rejuvenated. Not only that but it makes me feel like a mermaid, which I can’t complain about!
Night on the Town
I had so much fun last night at the bars. They are definitely not your average bar like in the United States, but it was quite an adventure. Prices on the Turks and Caicos Islands are subtrantially higher than in the United States (a gallon of gas costs about $6.80 here). This si because the islands import all their food and resources from Miami via large shipping vessels. So, overall the alcohol is pretty expensive at the bars. But as the cheap girl that I am, I found the best way to get drunk here at the lowest cost, and this is by Haitian rum (or rhum). It was $5 for a small flask, which was about 6 shots. Score! So with rum in one hand and a coke in another, my night was pretty set from there. It was my roommate Cali’s birthday, and I think a lot of us went a lil too hard. But hey, that is the islanders way of life so I might as well enjoy it while I’m here.