Life in paradise: Porridge, scorpions, and torrential rain
Hazel has been a volunteer here at Pez Maya for almost two weeks now and has completed her open water course with us. Read about her day-to-day life in our little slice of paradise.
Life is never dull in Pez Maya. Duties start early, followed by breakfast (hope you like porridge), the end of which is signaled by the cry of “boat push!”, upon which any bowls and mugs still in use are abandoned as everyone makes an enthusiastic dash for the beach to ready the boats for diving.
Between dives time is spent attending lectures on reef hazards, invasive species and the incidental fauna that you can hope to spot along the Yucatan peninsula. Apart from the occasional raccoon trying to slip into the kitchen undetected, so far the most exciting encounter was when one of the volunteers was woken up by a scorpion crawling along his arm. Geckos are just part of the décor and loud crashing noises in the communal areas usually turn out to be the result of clumsy iguanas.
Tables are often found littered with study guides on reef fish and coral species; and there is a certain amount of friendly rivalry between the volunteers (and staff) who are assigned to them. In a matter of seconds everyone will go from lazily lounging in the sun flicking through the pages to making a mad dash to protect the books from the torrential rain that comes without warning.
Friday night is party night. As a treat the staff members make dinner for the volunteers; which for many is something to especially look forward to as it involves such sought after delicacies as meat and cheese. Following this, everyone gathers in the communal area to enjoy a few drinks whilst exchanging stories from their past travels and experiences. Despite being such a diverse group of people from different walks of life no one ever struggles to find something to talk about; whether it be a serious topic or telling cheese related jokes. It´s safe to say that if it wasn´t for the mosquitos, no one could fault daily life here.
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