English is the first language of many island folks, but they must not emphasize reading & writing very much. The above title is a handpainted sign in front of one of the knick-knack shacks, and reflects the sing-song accent of the garufina–the black slaves that were brought to the island.

I still havnt found nemo. I think nemo is a clown fish, and I haven’t seen him in any of the books. I saw my first turtle today. some LARGE grouper (about my size), and am 3/5 of the way through my advanced open water diving course. Tomorrow morning is a wreck dive, and tomorrow night, my first night dive!

There are plenty of domesticated dogs & cats here, with resident animals at every dive shop/restaraunt/bar. There is a smallish black lab mix that randomly visits you at the beach. He’ll pick a person swimming in shallow water, swim up to you and hop in your lap and start licking you all over. He’ll wait until you push him off until he swims back to shore or back to another swimmer. Yesterday I save d a 2 year old girl in an innertube float from getting pounced on by him–I had to swim next to him and push him away back to the shore.