Everyone made it! After a long day of travel and multiple delayed flights, everyone was finally in bed by 2am.
Orientation, a winged virgin, traipsing along the cobblestone streets of Quito, a golden church and a chocolate making lesson were all highlights of our first full day together in Ecuador.
After sleeping in a bit this morning, we launched into exploring everyone’s expectations for the next two weeks and reviewing expectations for the trip. After a delicious lunch at home base, we headed up the hill (literally) and took in an impressive view of the city from the balcony at the Panecillo. Our next stop was to the Compañía de Jesus church which is famous for its golden walls and incredible carvings. Finally, we satisfied our sweet tooth with some ice cream and some hand made chocolate. After dinner, we capped off the evening by talking about how to incorporate leadership skills into everyday acts of leadership and doing final packing.
We will be up early to head for the islands so its off to bed. More to come very soon…
July 21st, 2017
Authors: Adrián Clayton and Zoe Camporaso
Olivia Hymowitz and Bryce Herald
Throughout the course of our trip to the Galápagos Islands, we have taken in the culture, food, and exotic sights and we surely will never forget it. Whether it be snorkeling in freezing water with borderline territorial sea lions or planting trees on a rainy mountainside to better indigenous bird species, we have all personally grown and simultaneously learned that we are a very small spec in the huge world around us. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t make a difference; one blister at a time.