Mi hermano más joven.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

I am here in Guayaquil now with my younger brother. Say hello to Pål everyone. He is a 30 year old physiotherapist (great, I am looking forward to some shoulder massage) who recently moved out of his apartment and back into our parents basement. Well, he is "only 30" and probably thought it was a good way to save money for this trip.

We haven't really been traveling together that much before, except for a short trip to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina back in 2002. That was a lot of fun. Now we have close to three months together, and I expect it to be even more fun. We'll even revisit Buenos Aires together (surely I'll know this city soon!).

Guayaquil is probably not the most obvious meeting point in South America, many of you may not even have heard about the place. But maybe it makes more sense when I tell you that Guayaquil is Ecuador's biggest city (apparently bigger than the capital Quito), a gateway to the Galapagos Islands (all flights go through here), they got direct flights here from Europe, and it's also an interesting enough city in itself. Especially it's nice to walk along Malecón 2000 (a newly reconstructed waterfront promenade along Rio Guayas) or sip a beer while admiring the city views from Cerro Santa Ana.

Tomorrow morning we are already flying to the Galapagos Islands. It's low season at the moment, so we hope to be able to find an eight days cruise relatively easy (and cheap) in one of the tour agencies in Puerto Ayora (on Isla Santa Cruz). Galapagos Islands is one of the places I have really looked forward to on this trip. It's not cheap to go there, but then it's also a wildlife experience out of the ordinary. If everything works out ok, it may very well be a highlight, if not "The Highlight" of the trip. Stay tuned...
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