Postcard from Galapagos

postcard from Galapagos

We had a plan to send postcards to our families back home from the places we’ve visited during our around the world trip. But not until Galapagos did we finally get a chance.

It was interestingly hard to come up with something to write about knowing there’s no ‘Ctrl-Z’ button to save us if we make a mistake. We couldn’t remember the last time either of us has written so much using pen and paper.

The Quirky Museum in Baños: The Dead and the Decaying

Museum in Baños

We’re on our last week here in Baños. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here a month. It’s sad to think that soon we’ll be leaving our newfound friends behind and once again we’ll be facing the unknowns and the unexpected that our travel will bring.

We’ve spent our month here in Baños wisely, we think. We’ve volunteered our time working with the kids of Baños (more on this later) and both Jack and I have improved our Spanish by taking private lessons. We now know how to express our confusions in words other than mute blank stares (boo yah!).

Our 7 Links and A Small Personal Update

Valle de Cocora

We were recently nominated by the couple behind 1000Fights and Philinthe_ to pass on the torch of this 7 Links Project: a chain-letter-between-bloggers sort of game.

What is this 7 Links?
The nominated blogger gets to pick 7 of their old posts that fit within a given category such as ‘The Most Beautiful Post’, ‘The Most Popular’ etc – you’ll see.

The idea is bring to light some of the old and buried posts. The nominated blogger then gets to nominate 5 other bloggers. Simple enough, right?

Canyoning Rio Blanco – More fun and less fashionable than expected

canyoning_rio_blanco_ecuador

With so many waterfalls and rivers around Baños, it’s no wonder that every tour agency in town offers some sorts of water related activities, like canyoning.

I had my doubt about this whole canyoning thing at first. Rappelling is just a fancy name ‘Don’t let go of that brake hand or you’ll get in serious trouble.’

Couchsurfing With Llamas and Goat

I have to admit that I hit the ‘Couchsurf with me’ button as soon as I saw that they keep llamas at the place we were looking to couchsurf in Quito.

“Llamas?! How cool! How… South American!” I squealed with delight.

Visions of ourselves frolicking on top of llamas in high Andean meadows quickly came to mind.

Learning to Appreciate Galapagos

What are the images you see in your mind when you think of Galapagos? Tortoises? Lizards?

For me, it’s finches. Finches from a poster my third-grade Biology teacher put up on the blackboard of all the different finches that can be found on the islands. You know, Darwin’s famous finches?

Finches. Birds. Small birds at that. I’m not a small bird person. I guess safe to say I’m not a bird person at all.