Swimming with Dolphins

May 28, 2008

On Sunday, to celebrate our weekly day of vacation, we went to Acapulco’s water park to swim with dolphins. It is always said that dolphins are the smartest animals so I was really looking for an opportunity like this one to interact with them. The price per person for 1-hour swim with the dolphins was 1,300 pesos (US$130) so the expectations were high.

It looks like all men in the training are scared of dolphins because only women joined. I had the good luck to enjoy this activity with 5 really sweet girls from the training (as you know, I am always suffering and sacrificing myself;-). From left to right, they are Bonnie from Australia (remember her from my scuba diving last week), Colleen from Oregon, Jeanne from Phillipines, SuperGuille from Heaven, AnnaMaria from Hungary and Anastasia from Russia.

You can see all the pictures that I took of the event in my Flickr site (the link is on the right side of the blog). For this post, I want only to highlight my 4 main learnings of the day:

(1) Dolphins’ skin is softer than the ass of a baby

We swam with them a lot and touch them. I was surprised by how soft their skin is. Next time, I am going to ask them for their secret an create a skincare product for woman with that. They are so soft that you want to hug them. However, I hated the part when they tell you to kiss the dolphin in the mouth (can you believe it?). When my turn came, I looked at the dolphin at saw two problems with the mouth kiss: First, he was a male and second, he was a dolphin. So our love was doomed since the first moment so I decided to change at the last moment the mouth kiss by a cheek kiss as you can see in the picture.

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Only Take Memories… Only Leave Bubbles

May 15, 2008

Last Sunday, I was finally able to get out of the resort and do some scuba diving (yuju!). Last month, I bought a waterproof case for my camera (it was even more expensive than the camera itself) and I was looking forward to using it. It is up to you to decide, after looking at the pictures, wether it was worth it or not. I went to the trip with John (from North Carolina and my fellow tiger), Bonnie (from Australia) and Deedee (from sunny Idaho).

We left the Hotel at 8:15am and went to the other side of Acapulco where a boat was waiting to take us to La Roqueta Island. We did 2 dives of 50 minutes each, have lunch in the boat and were back at the Hotel by 4pm.

Overall, the dives were pretty nice. Acapulco is on the Pacific side so the visibility and amount of marine life is not comparable to the Caribbean’s or the Red Sea’s. Said that, I was impressed by the high level of life and activity in the reef that we visited. I definitely place La Roqueta at the same level than Key Largo (Florida) in terms of diving quality.

We spotted a lot of great animals. Apart from the infinity of small tropical fishes, I saw a moray eel, a sea snake, dozens of stingrays, a sleeping octopus (octopuses go out hunting at night so it is then when it is fun to see them. During the day, they rest inside holes so you can only see their ass), an inflated puffer fish, a bank of crazy butterfly fish, a big torpedo ray and an eagle ray (one of my favorite animals under the sea. Unfortunately, I spotted it just after jumping into the water so I could only see it from far away).

You can see all the pictures in Flickr, but let me brag a little of underwater camera and paste some of my favorite pics…

Here is a PufferFish (Pez Globo) inflated like a balloon (apparently this one didn’t have stings):

The same PufferFish but not inflated: Read the rest of this entry »


The Day Of The Tiger

April 19, 2008

It was not enough to do yoga in a speedo outfit (although a bit longer:-). Sure it was not enough for a straight guy to practice a sport where 80% are women and a lot of the guys are gay. My metrosexuality needed to go a step beyond and expand the type of outfits we should be confortable in.

Bikram says that to be successful in life you have to combine the strength of the bengal tiger with the determination/persistence of the english bulldog. As a first step, we decided to celebrate today the day of the tiger and do our Saturday 8am class in the following outfit…

[to note the starting hints of my 6-pack behind the beer belly]

It goes without saying that this is a turning point in the History of Fashion and the tipping point for the “Tiger Speedo” as the ultimate outfit. I am sure that Tarzan is very proud of us. Anyway, more brave people joined us as you can see in the picture below. Read the rest of this entry »


Pink Flamingos

April 9, 2008

At first, I thought they were just plastic statues in one of the gardens of the Hotel. They both had their heads wrapped around their bodies and didn’t move at all. However, I have been proved wrong today… they are for real! There are a couple of real pink flamingos living in a small pool in the Hotel!!!!

 

The impressive thing is that they are not caged or tied but they always stay in the same place. I imagined that they cut their feathers so they can’t fly but what prevent them from walking around the Hotel and mess with the peacock that lives like 100 meters away from them?

Bottomline, pink flamingos are lazy bastards of the worst kind (did you know that they even stand on only one foot to save energy the bastards?). As a result, I have named these two as Prock and Astinator🙂 Love them!!