Liberating Spain – Part 2

Please read Part 1 before you start with this one.

Day 3:illes

Today Morning we wake up to sounds of rain. Seems to be drizzling outside. We get dressed, pack our bags and ready to leave. Today we have long way to go. We need to take train to a place called Girona and from there bus to L’ESTRATIT a coastal town in Costa brava area of Spain where we plan to do out Scuba diving. We call Aquatica diving center with whom we have booked our Scuba diving in L’ESTRATIT informed them that we are starting and leave to bus stop to take bus to central railway station. We wait in the bus stop then we see the hotel receptionist (yeah the handsome one) comes running to us and asks Are you from room number 513? There is a call for you from Girona. There seems to be alert in the sea so today Scuba diving is cancelled. We run back to hotel and call them back they say that
the weather in sea is not good from afternoon and as our dive is in evening they said it might be 50-50 chances. We said to them that we will come there however and see what happens. We reach central railway station called Barcelona Sans. I got to ticket counter and make that guy over the counter understand the place where we want to go Initially he gives ticket to some other place and it costs us too much so we recheck and go back to counter and make our attempts to make him understand and at last we get the tickets to Girona and we get into the train. After 1 hr 30 min we get down in Girona station. Struggle with language starts again and we find out at last that the bus to L’ESTRATIT is at 2:30PM which will be very late for us. So we take a taxi and try to call Aquatica but they are on sea already and do not take our call. We reach this picturesque coastal town but the cab driver drops us the sea shore and leaves. We fail to find out where is Aquatica center it is already 3PM they would have left to sea by now. We are disappointed and sit on the steps of one of the other diving centers. The owner walks in and we tell our sad story to him. It is already 3:30 PM and day wasted. He says don’t worry I have private number of Aquatica owner and he calls and informs them of our plight. Aqautica guys ask us to wait near the sea. They come and pick us from there and take us in boat to the sea. There were three guys from Aquatica. One was our instructor one to drive the boat and other one to go with experienced divers. We were given diving suits and asked to change on the boat only. It was embarrassing we did not want to change the clothes in front of everyone. Observing our discomfort one of the instructors gave us bath robes under which we could change in to the diving suits. Once we are done we are given instructions on how to communicate under water and how to control our breathing. The experienced divers jump into deeper part of the sea and dive along. We were taken to less depth place. Who goes first asks the instructor I say OK I will but then I was scared, excited and cannot explain what all I felt. Instructor puts the oxygen cylinder and I cannot get up on my feet it is so heavy. I jump into the sea it takes me bit inside and throws me out I panic! The instructor teaches me how to breath under water I try but keep failing slowly my courage seems to drop down I come back to the boat. The instructor asks ‘what is your age?’ I say ‘what?’ He says ‘Yes you heard me right what is your age?’  I say ‘I am 29.’  He says ‘All these 29 years you breathe with your nose so when we ask you to breathe with your mouth obviously it will be difficult do you expect to do this in 2 min? Remember this is your first time and you came all the way from Barcelona took so much effort do you want to go back like this. Give yourself time you can do it. When you go underwater do not panic and all you need to remember is breathe. Each and every
breath u need to feel and take it.’ His words gets into my head I am not going to go back without doing this successfully. I say to him ok am ready to go. All set this time I go into sea. My instructor takes me underwater and I concentrate on my breathing I go successfully underwater and go along with my instructor. He shows me some corals, orange fishes, black fishes, Green Alga. Under water in the sea all I can see is blue colour water and darkness. I feel on top of the world floating underwater. I feel free like a fish. Mesmerised by my surroundings I move across. My instructor takes me to top near boat I come out of water and my instructor starts clapping he is very happy for me and so am I. I feel so happy and as if I have achieved something. Even though my cheeks and legs hurt I feel light as if I’m floating in air. I see light I see sky.  I am filled with energy now and feel so elated. I just sit on the board and immerse myself into surroundings. I just want to take this positive energy I get from nature back with myself. We reach shore and we are driven back to Aquatica center. We change to dry clothes and take snaps with our instructors. We say good bye to our new friends and walk towards bus stop to catch a bus to Gironi. We reach Gironi on time and catch a train back to Barcelona. In the train we fresh up and decide to celebrate our dive in LA Rambla area in any of the Spanish pubs. Once we reach Barcelona we head straight to LA Rambla Street. We spot a lively pub and get in to it and order for Tapas (Spanish starters) a cold soup and some pizza. Our waiter a handsome Italian was all attentive to us and needless to say we got at most attention there ;-) Once we are done with dinner we head back to hotel in cab and reach around 1:45 AM.

Day 4.scuba

Today is our last day in Barcelona. We have our flight back at 3:30 PM so we thought to make use of the day. We just change into shorts. Pack our luggage do the checkout and request the hotel guys to keep our luggage in the reception. We catch the metro and reach the beach by 9:30 AM. When we arrive entire beach is empty and when everybody are busy going to office or working hard in office we simply play in the beach and sleep in the water. I try to remember what I would be doing if it was my day in office. Visions of me holding my laptop and running between conference rooms come up. Bless the lord here I am lying in the beach and enjoying myself. When the time comes for us to leave we try to follow shower sign on the beach and come to know that it is open shower. Nooo!! Break your dirty thoughts!! We just shower in the open shower to wash off the sand and hair. Then we find changing rooms and change to clean clothes. We run to hotel collect our luggage and reach airport. We arrive at gate just 5 min before takeoff and we are the last people to enter the aircraft. Water dripping from hair. Sand falling from slippers and occasionally from hair. People giving us weird looks. Nothing mattered any ways in front of the joy we got playing in the water. The flight takes off from Barcelona I bend over the window to get glimpse of this city. It looks lovely as usual. One of the best cities I have visited so far. It has architecture, modern lifestyle yet charm of old times, fantastic people ever ready to help, amazing language, awesome food. If I have to describe Barcelona I would say Lively, Vibrant, Colourful and energetic. This city has a soul and I am in love with this city. I Close my eyes and retire to my seat. If you ask me if I will come back here again, well you know my answer :)  :)


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