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Mar 3, 2017 - Headed home

Breakfast was a bit skimpier this morning. Wonder if the shortages are starting to hit our hotel? We got picked up at 9:30 for the ride to the airport. It was a typical local taxi--a white pickup truck with a double cab. Luggage in the back. About 40 km driving north across Santa Cruz island, then a ferry ride (5 min) to Baltra Island, where the airport is. Passengers go inside the ferry, luggage on top. Baltra is where the US had a military base during WWII, to protect approaches to the Panama Canal. After the war, they dismantled just...

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Mar 2, 2017 - Last day in Paradise

The rest of the group got picked up at 9:30 this morning for the ride to the airport and Quito. Most will stay in Quito overnight and fly home Friday. We are staying an extra day. After we said goodbye and they left, we walked down to the main drag for some final souvenir shopping and to look at the water again. By 10:30 or 11 it was too hot, so we came back to our air conditioned room for the middle of the day, and did some reading and packing. Around 5 pm, we ventured out again in search of dinner, which we found on a street where...

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Mar 1, 2017 - Puerto Ayora

Today was a quiet recovery day. We slept a little later than usual, ate breakfast and looked at photos Larry downloaded from the camera. Then we wandered into town. We saw the local fish market and looked at some souvenir shops and a supermarket. Maria Elena at the coffee farm yesterday told us the cargo ship that was supposed to have arrived recently was overloaded and sank, so the locals are short on supplies. She said the hotels, restaurants, and tourist boats have first priority on supplies, so we are okay, but she was unable to get...

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Feb 28, 2017 - Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Juan came back on board with his daughter, who will accompany him on the next leg of the Samba, which is the south east route. We said our final goodbyes and the pangas took us and our luggage to the dock, where we were met by Daniela, our guide in Puerto Ayora. A bus picked us and our luggage up and took us to a highlands ranch where we saw more wild giant tortoises, including one male attempting to mount the wrong end of a female tortoise. We learned a little more about them, and also went through a lava tube. Our next stop was Los...

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May 14, 2015 - Slide show 10

The last photo is the wing of our 747 and the sunset. This was eerie.....we took off from Santiago at 3pm on Monday afternoon, after flying for about 10 hours it was still daylight. As we came into Sydney it was dusk.....on Tuesday evening......so.....what the hell happened to Monday night?? No wonder I'm so bloody tired.

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May 13, 2015 - The end

Greetings dear readers, we are now back in beautiful Albany, exhausted and elated after our epic 44,000km journey. I would have liked to have written more but a combination of smart phone and (mostly) pathetic wifi signals just made things too bloody hard. looking back I guess the ideal way to do an overseas blog would be an Android tablet (or ipad) and use local data cards. Very frustrating and annoying trying to get good wifi, in my opinion it's not all it's cracked up to be, except maybe at the Hilton in Guayaquil. We've had an absolute...

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May 11, 2015 - Santiago 5

A bit more Forgot to mention during our exploring yesterday we discovered the Santiago underground railway. No big deal....many cities have these but it's the 1st time I've seen trains with truck tyres. Strange watching a train pull into the station with absolutely no "steel wheels on steel tracks " noise. During our travels Terri has noticed the abundance of handsome young Latin American guys in Ecuador and Guayaquil. I must mentioned Santiago seems to have MUCH more than its share of beautiful women. Just sayin'. And, unlike Ecuador and...

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May 10, 2015 - Santiago 4

I have to say we've had several "warnings " about Santiago and how dangerous it will be but at no stage while walking around have we felt under any sort of threat The locals are extremely friendly and quite keen to have a chat. We only rested for about 40 minutes and headed out for some more culture. Didn't take long, we went in a different direction and found yet another public open space, this time a large brick paved area around some grass and large trees. There was a group of young people strutting their stuff dancing to some...

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May 10, 2015 - Santiago 3

I need to make these entries short because the site times out after a certain time and I lose everything. ..so that's why I am doing multiple entries. Still wandering the markets....3 young guys were assembling themselves with bass drums on their backs. ...this could be interesting. ...and it w. These guys did some amazing stuff while beating the drums. ...another video. Now 2ish so time for lunch. Walking away from the market we noticed a café with a queue out the door. ..a sure sign of good food. So, we got in the queue and noticed a...

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May 10, 2015 - Santiago 2

Spent about an hour on the mountain, some stunning views from there. Down at the bottom we chatted with a guy in a tourist booth who told us we could get money changed at a market place if we don't mind a bit of a walk. My 30000 pesos were evaporating fast and it was a nice day so off we went. A young lady with a guy appeared to be admiring my hat and she came straight up to us and said she liked it. ...very friendly these Santiageans. Her guy had a guitar and a flute and said he wanted to play some music for us while his lady danced....

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May 10, 2015 - wCusco to Lima 2

Writing this from Santiago now, wifi good enough to add pics. These are a few from Cusco. I think part of the motion sickness is also the aforementioned altitude sickness. Along with the light headedness there is also nausea. ..any exertion like walking up hill can bring it on. Our Cusco hotel was up quite a hill. I actually felt the sickness more than Terri. Saw plenty of these little 3 wheel taxis in every town between Lima and Cusco. ..looks like they're scooter based. ..motor bike handle bars. Common to see 6 or 7 in a group. Arrived...

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May 10, 2015 - Santiago May 10th

Sunday 10th Another great sleep, despite being shafted out of US $234 last night. ...but I won't go on about it. Woke up at 8am....wish I could do this at home. Last night I tried to charge my phone and my charger kept turning the phone off. I think it's stuffed. ..back in Lima airport it took about an hour to charge about 5%. Decided to find one in Santiago. Nice breakfast and we hit the streets a bit apprehensive of what the day will bring. Terri wanted some vitamin C so 1st up a chemist. He had some but we only had US$, he wanted Chile...

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