The morning was a quiet one aboard the boat, while I played around on the computer with e-mails and other stuff including updating some pages on the website, both Agathe and Desi were intensely studying the PADI books and learning, cramming and revising for the afternoon's classroom work at Octopus diving. Barely a word was spoken between 8:30 and 13:30, when we departed the boat. I left them at the shop with their instructor Sally, later replaced by Isa, and spent some money at the Bacchus wine store. By the time I'd stored the wines and other purchases aboard the boat and taken a quick shower it was already 16:00 and I returned to the store and read my Kindle outside while they completed their studies. At 17:30 we headed to Calmos Café for Happy Hour and were joined by some of the dive shop crew and subsequently walked the streets of Grand Case - unfortunately the Tuesday art fair wasn't being held and traffic was heavy on the main drag. After a bit of window shopping we returned to the boat, but the dinghy was nowhere to be seen at the dock and we found it underneath the concrete; jammed securely in place. When we extricated it from the dock it turns out that it had been damaged, but it looks like it was just cosmetic. Once aboard, we had some steaks with garlic bread (beware of Zanshin ye vampires and other garlic-haters) and didn't head down below until shortly before 2am. It was a long day.

Agathe hitting the books Agathe studying the German PADI manual in preparation for the classroom work later on in the day.
(2012-02-28 12:02:14 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/60s] ISO 720 Focus 2.00m)
Agathe hitting the books
Desi hitting the books Desi studying the English PADI manual in preparation for the classroom work later on in the day.
(2012-02-28 12:02:28 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/200s] ISO 125 Focus 1.68m)
Desi hitting the books
Desi and Agathe taking PADI tests Desi and Agathe in the Octopus Diving shop taking their PADI tests.
[18°6'16.86"N 63°3'12.35"W ]
Desi and Agathe taking PADI tests
Isa teaching Agathe and Desi Isa instructing the two ladies on the finer points of diving.
[18°6'16.86"N 63°3'12.35"W (facing SE)]
Isa teaching Agathe and Desi
Octopus Diving storefront The outside of the Grand Case Octopus Diving store.
[18°6'16.89"N 63°3'12.75"W (facing NE)]
Octopus Diving storefront
Calmos Cafe happy hour Happy hour with the dive shop at Calmos Cafe in Grand Case, St. Martin.
[18°6'14.68"N 63°3'17.47"W (facing SE)]
Calmos Cafe happy hour
Grand Case main street The main drag of Grand case at night
[18°6'9.62"N 63°3'20.8"W (facing SW)]
Grand Case main street
Dinghy engine damaged Upon return from walking the street of Grand Case, we found the dinghy had been pushed under the dock and the engine cover took quite some damage!
(2012-02-29 10:32:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Dinghy engine damaged
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