The fourth and final part of my North Colombian adventure: SCUBA DIVING!
After Cuidad Perdida and Tayrona back to back, all I wanted IN LIFE was a goddamn shower, some decent junk food, and a comfy bed with a hole-free, non-stinky mozzie net. (Is that so much to ask?)
So I went to tiny, dusty, sleepy Taganga, a beach town cut into a tiny mountainous inlet and just a 5km collectivo ride from grimy, loud Santa Marta.
I adored it there. For five days I barely spoke to a soul, and definitely never in English. I read, studied Spanish, slept, and subsisted on bread and weird fruit smoothies.
I stayed at possibly the nicest hostel I’ve seen and upgraded myself to an almost-private room (where I took a double bed and you better believe I slept starfish-style on that thing after 7 nights of hammocking it.) The only real structure in my life was my scuba classes, which I did in Tayrona Park with my instructor “Chopper” every morning.
Like I said before, scuba diving made me feel like The Little Mermaid, if she were wearing a Full Metal Jacket.
The diving kicked ass, and sorry for my lack of creativity, but yeah. It quite simply kicked ass. The only downside was I barely passed my test because apparently I can’t memorize the effects of depth on water pressure. So that’s a bit embarrassing? But whatever, I got my certification, and I got to chill with eels and schools of angelfish and jellyfish. Basically it inspired me to download The Little Mermaid and watch it again.
****Notably, or perhaps, oddly, I was a Little Mermaid FREAK as a child. I promise both of my parents to this day know all the words to the entire soundtrack (even obscure hits like “Les Poissons” by Chef), thanks to my playing DJ nazi for pretty much every family car ride from the ages of 7 to 10. I also refused to take any sort of family portrait without my Ariel doll? What’s worse is my parents indulged my obsession by convincing the local Blockbuster to hand over their giant (like 7 feet tall, to 10-year-old me) Little Mermaid promotional display once they were finished with it. So, so not normal.