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5 January 2011

Back to shore

3rd January 2011

Some of the people to be seen loitering on the beach at Ko Surin while we wait for our transfer back to the mainland: an orange-robed monk over for the day to bestow New Year blessings on the park HQ; muslim tourists in their tropical island wear of full black headscarf, jeans and long-sleeved tops; a giant German whale woman with her shoal of sunburnt kids in tow; hairy, tanned Americans wearing only Billabong shorts, sunglasses and diving watches; a Japanese gent looking like a jowly old koi carp, toting his waterproof gadgets in various waterproof containers; an English couple, both heavily tattooed, she in a leopard-print bikini and he with shaven head and belly held up by shorts; noisy Thais having New Year fun, the girls always donning life-jackets before approaching the sea; a nut-brown old Frenchman with bald head and belly chatting up uncomfortable local girls with persistence.

We had a good final snorkelling session this morning, the longtail stopping at three sites with different kinds of coral and fish. Snorkelling can be a bit of a disfiguring activity – Maureen has raised bumps on her feet from jellyfish stings, I have heat rash on the back of my legs from the sun, we see lots of people sporting plasters from coral cuts and after three days of wearing a mask I have a horrible selection of acne. Definitely time for some rest and relaxation.

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