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Day five started out with a surprise birthday cake for one of our friends… although it wasn’t really a surprise since she’d seen us sneaking it in the night before. Oh well, the cake was pretty good.
It was a pretty low-key day—some of my friends and I swam a bit in the ocean after breakfast. We were ecstatic to see that there was no one but us on the beach, but we soon discovered the reason for that—the blazing noonday sun set the sand on fire. Even with sandals on it was like walking on the ninth circle of hell. We had to all crowd in the tiny shadows cast by the life jacket rack while we got our swimming bracelets and then sprinted into the water. The best feeling on earth was feeling the soothing chill on your burnt feet. Meanwhile the lifeguards walked around without a care in the world. Their soles of their feet must be black.
After some bonding time in the ocean, we all went kayaking. The insides of the kayaks were burning up at first which was pretty uncomfortable, but that made the cold water all that much better. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the mythical turtle that sometimes swam up to kayakers, but it was so much fun anyway. We totally owned the other group of tourists that was rowing with us.
To my misfortune, I didn’t put enough sunscreen on and I got a really bad sunburn on my arms. My swimming bracelet tan is still visible now, more than two months after the trip.
Some of my friends and I went swimming again while the other half went in to watch movies. We made up a synchronized swimming routine to the Pocahontas song Colors of the Wind, because we’re awesome. One of my friends got stung by a jellyfish, and when we went to the lifeguards to ask for help, they were extremely unfeeling. Most of them had no reaction. One lady pointed to the medical center. I don’t think any of them said a word.
After dinner we went to the rec room again, and then tried to stay up all night, eating complimentary cake at midnight and talking until two. But the whole trip was one big practice in sleep deprivation, and we just couldn’t handle it, so we went to bed shortly afterwards.