Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
The crew began the day with a fairly well-known routine: we awoke and got breakfast, taking the time to appreciate the amazing view at our breakfast table, then headed to the dive school and out to the dive boat. First, we headed to Shark Island, which was apparently named is due to the shape of the island. Here we dove amongst hundreds of fish, corals, and sponges. In the afternoon, we did a second dive nearby, and Max and I saw a sea turtle! Other students saw a large barracuda, blue-spotted rays, and giant clams. Also, our newest certified member joined our second dive: Sadie! She finished up her Open Water dive certification with Tor in the morning and is now an official PADI diver. All in all, the group enjoyed the wonderful day of diving underneath the Koh Tao sun as well as the surface intervals up on the deck of the boat, which were filled with conversation and laughter. The energy was largely expended during the dives, but somehow, everyone mustered up the strength to swim around in the infinity pool and bust their butts in a Muay Thai class. No, muay is not intended to be Spanish – Muay Thai is a form of traditional Thai kickboxing, and we all donned gloves and learned the basic punches, knees, and kicks. We got to practice with each other, and everyone got pretty into it. Most of us were dripping with sweat by the end of the class, but still, there was a race up the steep hill back to the hotel at the end of the day. I’d be extremely surprised if anybody had any energy left in them after today, but as I write this, I can hear the rest of the crew outside laughing as they hang out and play a board game.