HOW I LEARNED SNORKELING

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ENG: After our now usual Mediterranean breakfast Tom started my training. He was determined to make a diver out of me, so despite all my fear and reservations I followed him to the local pool. We both agreed that it was the best place to start my tadpole education.

He was so adorably enthusiastic like a child. He loves snorkeling and diving and the fact that he could share this “miracle” with me made him thrilled. Even when he is in “normal” mood he could hug the whole world from joy, so you can imagine how hyperactive this challenge made him. I, on the other hand, am fueled mostly by sarcasm and I hang on to my poker face. So, here’s what happened in the swimming pool.

Bitterly cold water, which I went into only because I love Tom, and I didn’t want to spoil his happiness. He gave me a quick introduction and shared his wisdom with me, while I was being shaky and shivery in the freezing pool. I learned that the best way of keeping your goggles from fogging up is to spit into them, smear it with precise movements, then rinse them out. Or something similar. Well, I started to be a little more suspicious here of this whole training, so for the sake of the mission we settled for the rinse only.

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I’d been messing around with the goggles for a while before I could manage to put them on. I was also mentally preparing myself for the dive, while making sure I didn’t fall out of love with my darling for this adventure. He gave me the pipe and instructed me to go under the water, to possibly sit down whenever I was ready. What I did was basically reversing to the side of the pool, grabbing the bar and putting my head into the water. Tom immediately assured me I’d started off well, but perhaps I could engage my whole body, as staring down the water did not really qualify as snorkeling. Again, only out of pure love, I restrained myself and dove. Suddenly I couldn’t breath, but after a mini panick I realized if I kept calm then oxygen would come to me, and even my lenses stayed in my eyes.

Getting all excited about my success, now he felt like it was time for the flippers. I asked him if water could get in, but as soon as I heard myself I realized how silly that was. Anyway, I put them on waiting for further instructions. 5 minutes later I officially made – what felt like – my first “diving”, which in reality meant me swimming from one side of the pool to the other side. And, of course, in the shallow part.

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When I exultantly came to the surface the following scene awaited me: Tom laughing his head off on the floor. Like literally laughing out loud. Apparently, he had never seen anyone before “diving” and moving underneath the water as I did. Well, what can I say, I’m special. After a quiet awkward “disembarkation” Tom gave me some additional tips whereupon I gave him one too: when panic hits me, there is no use of any tips, but thanks.

To work the stress off we headed to the beach, and finally I enjoyed the sea and walking on the shore. We had lunch at our now favourite restaurant, which by the way was hard to find, as Oludeniz is shaped to please English people. It’s like a treasure hunt to find some real Turkish culture amongst all the fish&chips and all day breakfast. After lunch we had some rest and got prepared for our next adventure, the Turkish bath…

TO BE CONTINUED…

Catch up on part 1, 2, 3 & 4

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HU: A szokasos mediterran reggeli utan dragam megkezdte a buvarkuldeteset. Elhatarozta, hogy vizibekat farag belolem. Barmennyire is odzkodtam az otlettol nem volt szivem elrontani az oromet. Felkerekedtunk, lementunk a medencehez, abban egyetertettunk, hogy legjobb itt kezdeni a kikepzesem. Tomas annyira lelkes volt, mint egy gyerek. O imad buvarkodni, es a teny, hogy ezt a fantasztikus elmenyt most megoszthatja velem teljesen felvillanyozta. Egyebkent is hiperaktiv es nyugalmi allapotban is at tudna olelni a vilagot az eletkedvtol. En inkabb a szarkazmusombol taplalkozom, es nem adom olyan konnyen a pokerarcom sem.

Tehat, a kovetkezo tortenet zajlott a medenceben. Kutya hideg viz, amibe csak szerelembol unszoltam magam bele, majd vegighallgattam dragam gyorstalpalo monologjat. Megmutatta, hogy a legjobb modja a szemuveg karbantartasanak, ha belekopsz, szetmaszatolod az anyagot, majd vizbemerited es kioblited. Vagy valami hasonlo. Nekem mar itt kezdett gyanus lenni a dolog. Mondtam, hogy nekem ne kopjon sehova, jo lesz az igy is, ugyhogy kiegyeztunk egy oblitesben. Ugyetlenul bar, de a fejemre szereltem a szemuveget, magamra szippantottam a jobb szigeteles vegett, es lelekben probaltam felkeszulni a merulesre, mikozben igyekeztem nem kiszeretni a dragambol ezert a torturaert.

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Megkaptam a szivokat is (ennel specialisabb nevet nem ismerek ra), majd utasitott, hogy a magam tempojaban uljek le a vizben, hogy erezzem a dolog lenyeget. Erre en visszatolattam a medence korlatjahoz, abban megkapaszkodtam es beleneztem a vizbe. Tomas rogton mondta, hogy O.K, de jo lenne, ha testtel is ramozdulnek a dologra, mert az nem buvarkodas, ha teljes felszerelesben nezek lefele a medenceben. Megintcsak szerelembol erot vettem magamon es alamerultem. Hirtelen sehogyse jott a levego, de aztan felfedeztem, hogy ha lassan, nyugodtan teszem a dolgom, akkor minden okes, es meg a kontaktlencsem is a helyen marad. Megment vegre a leules, kaptam nagy dicseretet, en meg orultem, hogy a Tomas orul.

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Mivelhogy az elso akadalyt ilyen szepen vettem dragam ugy erezte, hogy eljott a bekatalp ideje is. Kerdeztem, hogy mehet-e bele viz, mire o jot mulatott, na, de felhuztam es vartam a tovabbi instrukciokra. 5 perccel kesobb megkezdtem elso igazi buvarmerulesem. Ez valojaban egy ropke ide-oda uszkalast jelentett a medence sekelyebb reszeben. Felerkezven a kovetkezo latvany fogadott: Tomas hason fekve a medence szelen rohogogorcsben fetreng. Zsir, gondoltam. Megvartam, mig magahoz ter, majd kerdore vontam. Elmondasa szerint meg soha senkit nem latott az altalam “kifejlesztett” pozban merulni. Ja, mindig is vilagos volt, hogy kulonleges vagyok…

oludeniz, turkey, holiday, summer, snorkeling, beach, travelPartraszallas utan dragam meg jonak latta, ha ellat par tippel, mire en is adtam neki egyet: amint elkap a panik fingom nincs a sok merulesi tanacsrol, de azert koszonom, majd igyekszem. Levezeteskepp elsetaltunk a partra, ahol a szokasos gyonyoru latvany fogadott. Ma mar en is megmartoztam a habokban, elveztem, ahogy a hullamok rongybabakent (balnakent) jatszadoznak velem. A part kavicsos, ami feler egy all-inclusive talpmasszazzsal, de meg igy is elveztem a strandolas minden pillanatat. Ebed utan setaltunk meg egyet, majd rakeszultunk a kovetkezo kalandra, a torok furdore…

FOLYT. KOV.

Addig is olvasd el az elozo reszeket: 1, 2, 3 & 4

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