This morning started abruptly with the grinding of the anchor being raised right outside of our cabin. We only sailed for one hour before we reached our destination of Chichimai. This beautiful island was relatively uninhabited and surrounded by a coral reef. We spent the day snorkeling, enjoying the sun and being totally relaxed – med school and the cold Wisconsin weather felt like they were light years away!
There was quite a bit to see in the ocean, including many starfish, and a wrecked sailboat. Some of the boys tried to climb the mast and were interrupted by the wacky captain of the boat. He waved a machete at them from his wooden canoe and told them he had plans to raise the craft using huge air tanks.
The ship from above:
Federico continued to feed us like kings. We had a sausage and egg scramble for breakfast, fried breadfruit for a snack (it tasted just like french fries!), and fresh caught lobster dip.
Some locals visited the boat and sold Federico a huge snapper, some octopus and lobster.
That night, we decorated a tiny christmas tree the Rich and Amy had bought and listened to Christmas music on Aoibhinn’s (Aveen) ipod. It turned out to be a wonderful Christmas eve!