The Galapagos

Trip Start Aug 20, 2005
Trip End May 26, 2006

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Galapagos is an incredible place.Its famous for where Charles Darwin figured out the theory of evoloution.It is easy to see why, as this has the most abundant and tame wildlife anywhere in the world. The reason that they are so tame is due to the lack of predators, thus you can walk right up to them. The types of wildlife is
mammals,birds and fish,both tropical and cold water, as in this unique place both the Panama and Humboldt currents meet. Naturally the snorkeling is great as you have angel,parrot and many other types of fish. The Galapagos is also famous for its Giant Tortoise who sleep 20 hours a day and live for a 200 years. The males can weigh up to 250kg and run around at a heady 1km an hour. Its also famous for its birds, being Flamingos,Frigates and Boobies! Boobies have bright blue and red feet, which they use in an elaborate courtship dance. They also give rise to a small t'shirt printing industry bearing the tasteful slogans I love Boobies.....
They also have Lonesome George who is the last of his breed.Hes 125 years old and to encourage him to reproduced they have put two senoritas who are his closet relatives, both a sprightly 50 years old in with him. So far he has ignored them for 12 years but he as another 70 - 75 years to get around to it.....

The food here is great very fresh fish, and succulent fruit. Cevaiche is a cold soup of prawns,crab,fish, onions and chilli peppers in a lime and fish broth. The nicest fish dish I have had, perfect after a hard morning snorkeling in warm waters.....
The hotel that I stayed in is basic but clean where for some unknown reason, in the bathroom they put the toilet roll holder up high on the wall next to light switch. I was part of a tour group where everybody bar one spoke Spanish, luckily the one person had English. Still and all I persevered and used as much Spanish as possible, which has had hilarious consequences. In a restaurant I tried to order Trout, Trucha en espanol, but mispronounced it, which meant I asked for a swear word, which I am too polite to post on this blog.Not only was it very,very bad language but I asked for a large one and it to be covered in almonds, this brought looks of disbelief before a lot of laughter from everyone but my Spanish is improving and I reckon I have the linguistic skills of a three year old, a slow three year old. A lot of the older women are enquiring how a Hombre Mucho Dinero is not married. They keep trying to introduce me to their daughters, which I think they just want out of their house. Fortunately when I explain that I must have 12 sons from their daughters this causes much laughter and explaines why I am not married... lol

Anyhow I am enjoying Ecuador immensely,brushing up on my salsa dancing.The beer is cheap $1.50 a large bottle, with a rum and coke at $2.50. You can buy a liter
bottle of rum and 2 liter of coke for $7 in the supermarket.A nice meal can be had for about $5- $7. Ecuador currency is the US$ and I learned that a Human Resource Manager earns $500 a month.An unskilled worker earns about $200 a month. A 3 bedroom house in a nice part of the city can cost between $40k - $50K. Yet again i find that the people here are friendly, interested in you e.g how old, what do you work at, where are you from, are you married and how many kids do you have are typical questions
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Bette Blaydes Pegas on

Hi-I was really interested in your blog. My memoir, Chasing a Dream in the Galápagos: A Personal Evolution, has been published and is now available at the Galapagos Conservancy Web site and on Amazon. I knew I had to visit the islands after seeing a film clip on the Woodpecker Finch-an amazing bird that makes its own tools and can be found only on the islands Darwin made famous. For more information on my amazing trip, you can go to my Web site @ Bette Blaydes Pegas

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