Photo of the Day

Sea lions on the Galapagos are more like water dogs. They play with you while you swim, hang out on park benches, and hang out in the local fish markets. Here a colony of Sea lions takes a brief afternoon nap in the harbor on Isla Isabella in the Galapagos. 2016 Advertisements

Photo of the Day

During my visit to Peru in 2015 I befriended a local shopkeeper in Urubamba. Everyday I would stop and we would attempt to chat. She had a really hard time understanding my Spanish spoken with a heavy English accent and often times I couldn’t tell if the words coming out of her mouth were Spanish…

Photo of the Day

  Cane juice anyone? Manual cane juice cart on the streets of Cali, Colombia. 2014

Oyii Cartagena

I could not have ended my trip in a place better than Cartagena. Although my visit started off on a precarious foot (bus driver took me to get off on the wrong stop and I ended up walking 1 hour with all my bags in 90+ degree weather). I ended up having a fabulous time….

Medellin

Medellin has my salsa heart. In this beautiful city I took Spanish classes by day and Salsa lessons by night. Eerily similar to Seattle I felt at home between the invasive dampness and hipster inhabitants

Galapagos Summary

It is becoming more and apparent that I will not have enough time as a first year teacher to regularly update my blog with detailed stories and pictures. Instead I am going to upload the rest of my picture for each location and then some day in the far off distance when I’m not drowning…

Hello again

It has been a long time. A lot has happened and even more changes have taken place. My blog puts me back on the shores of the Galapagos Islands still swimming with the turtles. And as much as I find myself wanting to return to that place, I know without a doubt in my mind…

Galapagos!! Part 1, Isla Santa Cruz

I’m going to let the pictures do the talking this time.                                                                             

Guayaquil, Ecuador 

My journey back to Ecuador from Puerto Rico was not for the faint of heart. I left Puerto Rico at 7pm on the 28th, had a 12 hour, overnight layover in Bogota before arriving in Quito the morning of the 29th. From Quito I took a 2 hour bus ride to an outlying town where…

Quito, Ecuador                     

I left Cusco, Peru March 17th and arrived into Quito, Ecuador mid morning on the 18th. Even though I was half asleep as a result of sleeping in the airport, the beauty of the city did not escape me. Mountains and valleys surround the highest capital city in the world and I felt right at…

Pisac, Peru

After a wonderful time at Media Luna I took an hour bus ride to Pisac. Again I walked around for about 20 minutes before finally finding a place to sleep. Although there was no toilet paper, towel, and you couldn’t sit facing forward on the toilet, it worked just fine for two nights.  Pisac is…

Urubamba

After all my time in touristy Cusco I was ready for a change in scenery. Urubamba proved to be the perfect place for me. I arrived sometime in the afternoon and walked throught the whole town (all five blocks) trying to find a place to sleep. After walking about 25 minutes I stopped and asked…