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Jul 13, 2011 - Arrival

Hello! Dear friends & families, We have finally arrived in Galapagos after 36 hours on the road... and actually saw about 10 spices of animals coexisting with people in this lovely community of Puerto Ayora... where pelicans try to steal fishermen's catch of the day, the Charles Darwin Research Center helps breed and preserve the endangered giant turtles, ugly marine iguanas walk with you... see photos of Ted following iguanas' walk back to the bushes. To our amazement, we saw the groom, at the beautiful wedding we attended right before we...

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Feb 27, 2011 - Lonesome George and the Gentle Giants

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. 23 Feb 2011 – 2200 in Galapagos We woke this morning to the only real sign of civilization – apart from our lovely boat – that we will see for the entire voyage around the Galapagos. We are moored in Puerto Ayora, the main settlement on Santa Cruz and in the Galapagos. The population of Puerto Ayora is about 10,000 and, between the five island settlements, more than 20,000 people live in the Galapagos Islands. In some ways, Santa Cruz is both the most despoiled of the islands, but it has also benefitted from its...

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Nov 10, 2010 - A Visit to Santa Cruz (Galapagos)

Tom: Today was our one stop at “civilization” -- Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. The National Park claims 97% of the land in the Galapagos, leaving only 3% for private ownership. Most of the population that “lives in the Galapagos” lives here. It’s Puerto Ayora is estimated to have approximately 15,000 residents. And the population is not growing -- at least legally so. After a decree in the 1990s, the only persons allowed to live in the Galapagos are those born here, who marry someone here, or who were legal residents before the ban on...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Is

See Pics:) We came to this port to drop off part of our group and pick up 3 new to join us in the second half of our 8 days. For more info about Puerto Ayora and Galapagos in general visit: Puerto Ayora Puerto Ayora Wiki Site Puerto Ayora Commercial Site - Much More Tourist Info Toured the Charles Darwin Research Station & Museum and Land tortoise breeding project plus went to private farm to see 'wild tortoises'. More About Charles Darwin Foundation About Charles Darwin Research Station Charles Darwin Research Station - Wiki Site

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May 10, 2010 - Ecuador and the Galapagos

We started our time in Ecuador by flying out to the Galapagos to organize a last minute cruise. We ended up paying a little bit more than planned (everyone does in the Galapagos!) and found ourselves on a beautiful first-class sailing boat for a great week long trip. The days were spent island hopping, with island excursions everyday and lots of snorkeling. The amazing thing about the wildlife was their complete lack of fear of humans. We could walk straight up to sea lions or iguanas and would be more likely to step on them before they...

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Feb 7, 2010 - South America Two - Galapagos

THURSDAY 28/01/10 A stressful day – up at 3:30 to get ready and read any urgent emails re Peru and then to the airport. We flew to Quito with a two hour stop off at Lima. Arrived at our hotel in Quito – La Cartuja – fairly dirty, tired, hungry and thirsty. A quick shower and a trip to the Pizzeria fixed three and we had really good night sleep, the first one since left a week ago. Beers were great, tallies were $1.60 each and Jose had a couple and feeling like Quito is a really top place. Pizza was great too. FRIDAY 29/01/10 Unfortunately...

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Jan 2, 2010 - Santa Cruz

Good morning Everyone! This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos. Lunch is normally served on the flight. On arrival at Baltra Airport in the Galapagos you must pay the US$100 arrival tax for entry to Galapagos National Park. This is best done using cash, as using credit cards can be a time consuming process. We are met in the arrival hall and transferred by boat and bus to the Peregrine Endeavour in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Once our luggage has been stored on board we commence our exploration...

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Dec 23, 2009 - Lonesome George

It was the eve before the eve of Christmas (unless you live on the Galapagos, when tonight is in fact the eve of Christmas, as tomorrow, Christmas eve is when they celebrate). Today has been fantastic, if not a bit sad. I have taught for the last time :(. School has ended for the holidays, and I have said goodbye to most of my students. It has been a pleasure to teach them, I will however see class 8 VOB tomorrow, as they along with my teacher are throwing me a "surprise" party. That is at least something to look forward to. Before I leave...

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Dec 18, 2009 - Exams and a moan or two...

Another week; another day; another hour; another minute; and its only 1 week till Christmas. But what has happened in this past week to write about. Well if I´m honest, not a lot has happened. I have attended school most mornings and have spent most afternoons helping with final exams. School has always been a challenge, a fun challenge, and I shall miss it when I leave, it feels strange to type that I have only 1 week of teaching left on the Island. This is followed by a single week of relaxation before I embark on my 83 day adventure...

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Dec 14, 2009 - Bartolome and more...

The weekend has been and gone. But what a weekend. It all began on Friday night, we (the usual group of us) headed down to pongo for a few drinks and a dance. Now pongo is a cross between a pub and a club, but beneath it is Bongo, which IS a club. Now I have never ventured into Bongo, and very much doubt that I will. The entrance fee for a woman is $0, but for a man its $10, thus the reason for my refusal to ever venture inside. Anyway back to the weekend events. So we remained out till gone midnight, and I know what you may be thinking,...

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Dec 9, 2009 - Flying Solo...

Speaking little Spanish and being asked to teach solo for a whole week has made school an interesting challenge. In most of my classes the kids have been well behaved, they tend to talk and not always listen but we are getting by. The only problem is when they fail to understand me. It makes the lesson so much harder and longer, as we work together in an attempt to translate the Spanish into English. A task which should take 10 minutes, will normally take around half an hour to complete; it’s a learning curve for me and them. There is one...

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Dec 2, 2009 - Short and Sweet

This is to be a short entry. So school was great today, classes finished at half 8 for me, leaving the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the glorious weather. (Finally the sun shone). So what did I do on my day off I hear you ask?? I firstly headed to the bank to convert some travellers cheques into currency. That was an experience. Still speaking little Spanish, I began the challenge in the wrong que. Having then been directed to the correct que, I was served. Yet I screwed up. I wrote the date as the 1st of November 2009, which is...

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