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I have officially lost track of what day it is. I think it is a wednesday.
So, today we went by bus to visit the local school, Tomas de Berlanga. Everyone is so friendly! The kids are so cute and just come up to you to say Ola!
We then met a group of students and had a discussion about how different our lives are compared to theirs. It was really interesting to learn what they like to do etc..
We had our lunch and then took a bus ride to another tortoise reserve with some of thew local school children we met. We saw how they have tagged some of the tortoises to see how far they can travel.
When we got back to the hotel, me and Eleri decided that the weather was too nice to stay in, so we went for a swim in the pool. The water was so warm and lush!
Had a really good day today. Very tired now.
Forgot to mention, I fell over on the runway at Galapagos airport. Didn’t hurt at the time and it was really funny. Hurts now.
Oh well.. no pain no gain?
Today has been great! First we had breakfast in our new hotel, Villa Laguna, close to shops, pool, it is heavan,.
We walked to the pier and got on a speed boat to travel to the island of Floreana. The journey lasted 2 hours which is a pretty long time to be on a boat. Felt a bit sea sick to begin with but was fine afterwards 🙂
After we got off the boat, we arrived to find sea lions, marine iguanas and pelicans (we were practically tripping over them!)
We then took a bus ride up to Santa Cruz highlands to visit the giant tortoise reserve. They are literally the size of a coffee table and I was literally centimetres away from it!
Our guide then took us to the pirate caves and back down through the highlands on a very very very very bumpy truck. It was a bone shaker.
We went to lunch at a local restaurant and had the crispy potato starter chicken, rice and vegetables and then a dessert.
We then got our wetsuits, snorkel, mask and flippers on and went snorkelling from our boat. There were stingrays and turtles swimming beneath us and the water was crystal clear and warm. My flipper came off at one point so i had to return to the boat.
We then headed back to Santa Cruz after a very long day. I fell asleep on Jess’s shoulder and didn’t even feel sea sick!
We went to our new restaurant, del y mar, at 7pm and had fish (again) , but it was very nice 🙂 We had sprite which is the first sugary drink/thing that we have had since being here! It was lush!
We walked past some really nice shops on the way back to our hotel so tomorrow night when we go to dinner, we are going to buy some gifts!
Off to play cards (chase the ace) now
p.s Thanks nan and gramp for all the messages, we appreciate it!
18th October 2010
I am lying on the bed in our hotel writing this after a tiring day in Ecuador. After a good nights sleep in the Posada del maple, we woke up to a breakfast of scrambled eggs (Ecuadorian style), toast, bananas, tea, coffee etc.
During breakfast I managed to use skype on my ipod to phone my mum, my dad and my boyfriend, missing them already, feels like I’ve been away for more than 3 days!
At 9:00 we met Jonathon Green, a photographer, who gave us a photography workshop, and we learnt different techniques for different settings. He is such a good photographer, and for him to say that mine and Jess’s photos are good is a real shock!
Today we also met our guide Edison and our driver Memo who took us on a tour around Quito.
Our first stop was Pims restaurant where we had some amazing food. I had ‘menu 2’ which consisted of a fried corn dumplings stuffed with cheese and a salad (starter), lamb stew with plantains, potatoes, vegetables and a sauce (Main) and Sweet dough balls with a passion fruit sauce with strawberries and cream.
It was so lush!!
After lunch we went to visit the ‘Virgin of Quito statue’ which towered over Quito. There are many stray dogs around but they seem happy enough!
On another note, we also saw a man get mugged (we think)…
Any who… we then visited 7 churches (did not enter all of them!) and it started to thunderstorm with heavy rain and really loud thunder and lightning.
We then visited a market place and I bought a hat for $2 but surprise surprise I turned the corner and there was an even better one, for $4… so I bought it. The last item I bought was an Ecuadorian green jumper as knitwear is in this season.
Tomorrow we are flying to the Galapagos at 8:30 in the morning which should take about 2:30 hours. Once we are there we will see our new hotel, hotel villa laguna.. google it!
Well I’m off to pack for tomorrow and have a shower.
I’m Becky and I’m one of the girls who won the Survival Rivals competition where first prize was a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
6 days to go!
I’m currently bracing myself for the final shopping trip I will make on Saturday before having to pack. I’m not a practical dresser (I don’t even own a proper pair of trainers) and flowery pumps or purple suede boots won’t cut it on volcanic ash paths so shopping/packing is going to be tricky…
Monday was the final meeting with all the organisers before we leave. This meant travelling to London for the day (I live near Cardiff) because the meeting was held in the Natural History Museum. Highlights of the day were, strangely, seeing the specimens of all sorts of species curled up in jars of alcohol and the train journey back. Both highlights but for completely different reasons.
I am on Twitter as well , the only time in life I don’t mind being followed.
Anyway, this was just a starter blog. More will follow in the run up to the trip.
Charlotte Woodfield here. I’m so excited about jetting of to the Galapagos on Friday!
Having a hard time packing, want to take more than the 20 kg allowance. Just got back from the doctors, got a viral throat infection 😦 fingers crossed it’s better by Friday.
I was ill for my 18th birthday party on Saturday but I partied through it and felt even worse the morning after. Our party was tropical themed, since we are off to the galapagos 🙂
Off to do more packing now and to blow my nose 🙂 bye!!