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BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 3
After two of our students had to reroute their arrival plans, we are thrilled that we are at last together as the final summer GLA Group!
With delicious traditional Ecuadorean empanadas in hand, we look forward to our journey to the Galapagos.
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 4
We woke up on a beautiful day in Quito! After getting our covid tests we all sat down for breakfast. After breakfast we had our daily orientation and ice breakers!
We asked each other:
- What is the strangest food you’ve ever had?
- If you could have any superpower what would it be an why?
- What candy would you describe yourself as?
- What do you eat with your fries?
An the most important question of all:
- Milk or cereal first?
After interviewing one of our fellow travelers, we would present our fellow group member to the rest of our GLA family!
Then we had free time till around 10, we all gathered on the deck and played some ice breaker games. We also wrote to our future selves! Then we had free time to bond.
At 11:30 we made our way over to a DELICIOUS truffle shop!
Then we had lunch! Lunch is the main meal in Ecuador, the course involves soap, rice, meat or fish, and vegetables. After our filling meals we headed off on the bus to the Statue of the Virgin Mary that looks over the whole city! The view was STUNNING! After the statue we headed to Quito’s main square. We spent our time at a local chocolate shop an learned about Ecuador’s coca bean an the chocolate industry, we even got to watch chocolate be made in front of us and try it!
Then we headed off to the main square (down the block). We got to see the President’s house which was a lot more accessible then the White House. We then walked some more and went inside 3 of the beautiful church’s in Quito. The the walls were fully covered in pure gold! We then walked into a local trinket shop underneath the church. Then we headed back to the bus. The bus dropped us off at the supermarket to pick up some yummy snacks that we “couldn’t live without”. Then we walked back to our home base. We had some free time before sitting down for dinner.
For dinner we had some meat, vegetables, and rice. After dinner we headed off to sleep earl, because we had an early morning the next day!
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 5
Although we woke up at 3am, and we were all super excited for the day! A
fter our 3:30 am breakfast, we set off to the airport to catch our two flights to the Galapagos!
Once we arrived on the islands, we had an hour of driving and a 20 min boat ride ahead of us.
After a delicious lunch, we visited the Darwin museum and then got the most amazing ice cream and crepes while being part of the community .
We can’t believe we’re finally here in the world-famous Galapagos! More to come!
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 6
Today we had a tough yet incredibly fun day of service.
We headed to the tortoise reserve/eco-farm where we will be working for the next few days here on the island.
The group worked hard to help cut down the invasive plants on the farm and gathered large rocks to support the baby endemic trees that we are going to plant in the future.
We also enjoyed a delicious lunch as a group and ended the day with a night in the nearby town!
-Regan and David
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 7
We thoroughly enjoyed our journey this morning to swim at Las Grietas! It was about a mile there after a quick ferry ride across the channel.
After swimming in the area for about an hour, we headed down to a beach nearby where if you got in the water, we saw parrot fish, shrimp, and golden stingrays. We then headed back to the hostel for lunch, and then headed to El Chato.
From there we collected some more rocks dug holes to plant some plants in. From there we went los gemelos, a set of sinkholes. We noticed some ferns, and we took a small fern and handed it to Fernando, who named it Fernie, and I think that was a good end to the day.
We can’t wait for more Galapagos adventures ahead!
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 8
With and early start to the day we headed over to El Chato for our daily service work. We made great progress with planting the trees and digging the holes!
After a couple of hours of work we headed back to the hostel to relax. Some of us went into town one last time, while others stayed in and had a movie night.
P.S. Here are some photos of us hard at work on these spectacular islands. The Galapagos are a treasure!
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 9
We woke up around 7:30 am for an adventure to Tortuga Bay! We took a short bus ride to the entrance of the beach, and we explored for around 25 minutes before we settled down.
After a couple hours, we all started heading back, majority of us chose to take the taxi boat, while the others walked back.
After lunch, we headed to El Chato Ranch for the last day of service, we finished up all the planting. And we even restored some other plants!
After we got back, we had dinner, then some of us chose to go to town for a nighttime excursion.
P.S. We hope you enjoy this group photo of us at the ecological reserve!
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 10
Today we started our morning with a two hour boat ride through the waves of the Pacific Ocean to San Cristobal. What an adventure!
After getting settled in at the new hotel, we enjoyed another local meal consisting of chicken, salad, potatoes, and rice.
After, we headed to the beach for a relaxing day filled with soccer and a chance to swim with the sea lions!
We then ended the night with another delicious meal and a night out on the town.
-Jess and the GLA Team
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 11
We started the day with a amazing breakfast at Rancho Manabita.
After breakfast, we went on a walk to Tijiretas. We snorkeled and swam with sea lions and sea turtles in beautiful blue waters. Wow!
When we were done swimming we went back to the hotel to rest and eat.
After we were recharged, we when to a recycling workshop to learn how we can make useful things out of trash as part of being intentional in repurposing goods rather than simply replacing them or tossing them away.
Leave it to the Galapagos to be inventive about protecting the planet!
-Landon and the GLA Team
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 12
Today we woke up and got ready to go to the Lobos Islands to snorkel with the sea lions!
When we arrived at the island we were delighted to see a wide variety of Galapagos wildlife such as blue footed boobies and sea turtles.
Afterwards, we rejoiced over an evening meal of fried chicken and rice. Following such an amazing meal, we headed over to a local soccer stadium and played an intense game against very competitive locals. Unsurprisingly, we got destroyed in the soccer match by the locals with all their soccer skills.
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 13
Today was our last day in San Cristobal😢
However, we managed to push our sadness aside to focus on the action-packed day before us. We started by walking to La Loberia to go snorkeling and tan.
The sea turtles stopped by to give us one last hurrah while snorkeling!
On the walk back, we picked up trash along the shore to help keep the Galapagos clean and preserved for generations to come.
Following, we had some free time in town before the group activity. Taylor planned an exciting and CHALLENGING scavenger hunt that forced us to put our running shoes on.
We finished off our afternoon with more soccer and yoga by the ocean. Tonight we will be singing the night away with some well deserved karaoke. Overall would rate this day a 10/10!