Today we traveled from Minab to Darak Beach. Much of the day was spent in the van, playing card games, listening to Persian music and constantly being surprised by the beautiful scenery outside. We played the ‘Walnut Game’, in which we had to work in teams to confuse the opposition as to which closed fist a walnut was concealed in. Merdad, Mozhde and I were on one team and failed miserably, even losing the walnut all together on one of our turns. Matin, Medhi and Janet were the clear winners.
Late afternoon we arrived at Bandar-e Jask, where Merdhad got his first glimpse of an open sea, having never seen an open body of water before. After a quick stroll we ate at Dolphin Restaurant, where we ate a variety of delicious seafood, including lion fish and battered prawns.
We arrived at Darak Beach after nightfall, and were overwhelmed at what we found. The waves were glowing light green as they crashed onto the shore, leaving small fluorescent particles around our feet as the tide drew the water back into the sea. The sight was magical. After we marveled at the phytoplankton, we all sat around a small fire made by some local Baluchi men. They cooked chicken by the fire, offering it to us as we smoked Ghelyoon with them. For (second?) dinner, we sat on a platform by the beach and ate a locally prepared meal, that had been ordered before our arrival. We finished off this beautiful night by lying under the stars, admiring the clearness of the sky and watching satellites orbit the earth many miles above us. Eventually it grew cold and we crawled into our tents. Except for Mehdi, who slept outside under the stars in his waterproof sleeping bag