- my bags are packed
- we are all showered (very important when you know you won't have another shower for at least 24 hours!)
- we have all eaten something
- I baked chocolate chip muffins for the trip
- I went out to lunch with a friend that is moving away :(
and now I have an extra hour to just sit and relax.. So I thought I would tell you first about the worst part of the trip that we just took:
In Portuguese they are called Caravela Portugues and in English they are called
We all booked a snorkeling trip to a small pool in the ocean not far from our hotel. My daughter and husband went out of the water early and my son and I stayed behind. As we were swimming back to shore I felt something sting me on my back. Now, I have been a scuba diver for over 14 years, and I know a little bit about these things...
So I picked my head up and saw what was kinda stuck in my long hair and right next to the front of me....
and worse yet, a Portuguese Man-of-War!
I knew how dangerous this jellyfish was (actually Wikipedia says that it technically is not a jellyfish but a
siphonophore- a colony of specialized polyps and medusoids.)
They look like plastic baggies floating on the water...
not that it mattered seeing as I was swimming with my head down and never saw it coming!
So, I yelled to my son to swim away, pushed it a little away from me with my hand, (read:DUMB MOVE!)
and then batted it away with a fin. All the while letting out a yell here and there!
I felt the sting right away on my face, ear and hand that I used to push it away (read: DUMB MOVE)
but as the day went on I was able to see everywhere that it's long tentacles got me:
both hands, my neck, upper back and of course my face and ear.
The sting burns so much! I was afraid that I was going to die really...
they are very poisonous, and depending on how much venom is injected into you, the worst case scenario is death! AGH!
Obviously, I am still here...
and we even got a laugh after the stinging went away from this...
Remember the old wive's tale?
Pee on a jellyfish sting?
Well, my son SSSSSOOOOOO
wanted to do that after he heard that it could help!
Luckily, there were little food stands nearby and I was able to put vinegar on it.
But from then on, my son was laughing at the thought of peeing on me!
ok, onto the good in my next post.....