Galapagos Islands

Trip Start Oct 26, 2007
Trip End Mar 05, 2008

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

After almost hopping off the plane at the wrong Island I eventually got off at Baltra - a landscape that can only be described as something out of an apocalyptic Science fiction movie.
I spent the rest of the day traveling to get to the Reserve. Bus from the airport - ferry to Santa Cruz Island - Bus to the other side of Santa Cruz - Small fishing boat for 3 hours to San Cristobal Island and then taxi/pick up truck for another hour to the reserve. It is pretty ugly here...
For some reason I keep asking people if they speak Spanish, when I mean to say English. It is a great ice breaker though and after that people laugh and are really helpful since it is so obvious that I really need help.
The reserve is neat and has a lot more greenery than by the coast. I can see the ocean and a few banana trees from my pillow. There are no windows in the bungalows, just mosquito nets.
The work consists of clearing Blackberry to plant an endemic plant called Scalesia. We also spend some time in the veggie garden where they grow tomatoes, q-cumbers, carrots, cabbage and most other stuff that we would grow in New Zealand.
Lemon and Orange trees grow everywhere in the bush and we get fresh fruit juice with every meal. Food is ok but they have a love for carbs. We often have rice with potato, or pasta with rice etc.I have learnt to eat porridge for breakfast due to the fact that there are no snacks in between meals at 7 - 12 - 18. Apart from bananas off course that grows here and there.
There is no power and the showers are cold but if you get in early the water is less cold J. Candles work well unless it is windy. You don't really want to see what comes out in the dark anyway. I have a cockroach living under my mattress.

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