Brief Nightmare in Galapagos

Having said that I’d take my chances at trying to get a Galapagos cruise in Puerto Ayora, I proceeded to go cruise-shopping on the day I arrived in the Galapagos Islands. I was actually facing mild food poisoning that very day. It was a struggle to force myself to walk around town in the heat, trying to locate travel agencies to help me find a great cruise at the lowest possible prices.

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On my way to meet Charles Darwin

Or his spirit at least.

I’ve always been a huge fan of the BBC series Planet Earth. In fact, any documentary on wildlife. But one subject that has always caught my attention is the Galapagos Islands.

These days, everyone and their moms can visit the Galapagos. Sure, it’s pricey but they let everyone in. I’m at the airport now and all these foreigners are getting ready to make the flight with me as well. Many have been before me, and many will go after me. I guess it doesn’t feel that special anymore, as if a remote place few eyes have seen.

But if you’re a big fan of wildlife, this is your Mecca.

Medellin and Guatape, Colombia

The beauty in Medellin isn’t in the actual city itself, which is polluted, densely populated, and always busy. This is also the reason why I didn’t take many photographs of the city itself because everyone knows what that kind of city looks like. But I do like how almost all the buildings are made of brick. The walls of the “crater” in which Medellin sits in are lined densely by the poorer families, much like favelas in Brazil.

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