Journal Entry: Connie Ullrich - Germany - 2012-09-19

What was your favourite species that you saw today/this week?

Last week I saw a Loggerhead Turtle. It was amazing! It was my first sea dive and I was a bit nervous. The turtle appeared behind a ledge and came right at us. She stopped about 2m in front of us. I could look her in her eyes and she just stared at us for maybe 15 seconds. She was not afraid of us. Thats was pretty cool!

Are you enjoying your camp accommodation?

Our camp is pretty cool.

Despite the fact that our room is small and we don´t have very much space for all our stuff, it´s good. It´s enough. Everything´s clean.

It´s a really nice accomodation with the little pool and the open kitchen and the lounge with the bar. The people are really really nice and fun and we always try to cook together.

How does South Africa differ from your home country?

In my opinion there is a huge difference between my home country Germany and South Africa.

For example the contrast between poor and rich is huge. Not so huge in the countryside where I am at the moment but you can see that most of the locals don´t have so much money.

Furthermore, the streets and footpaths are not as well-developed as in Germany. But that´s not really negative because these people have learned to live with that. They don´t drive like some crazy people in Germany. Rather the opposite in fact. I think that the locals are friendlier than Germans. They are greeting you even if you don´t know them or you are just acquaintances. I really like that even though it was a bit strange at the beginning.

I like their "way of life": enjoy the day and always smile.

What was your personal highlight of the day/week?

My personal highlight of the day was that I took my mask off underwater and put in on again, twice. That was my last skill I had to do to finish my Open Water Dive Course. Now, I am an Open Water Diver!

What interesting fact did you learn today/this week?

Over the last few weeks I learned a lot about diving and dive-equipment during my diving course. As part of the project we had lots of lectures about coral reefs and the marine environment and each day I heard something new. Every day I learned something else important. It´s very difficult to decide on one fact because almost everything I learned and saw and heard was new for me.

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