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. From visiting private islands avoiding the ever present temptationĀ to burn my skin to a nice red crisp, to partying on the rooftops with my new found friends Cartagena kissed me with soft south american lips before sending me back to the ever green state of Washington and the ever demanding state of adulthood. Louisiana here I come.

 

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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 in school work I will write stories and descriptions of each place.

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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 that I am supposed to be where I am at this very time and place.

Over the past 6 months I have traveled through Colombia, returned home, taken (and passed!!) teaching tests, moved to Louisiana, taught in Mississippi, and returned to Louisiana to start a full time Spanish teaching position. While I don’t think it is possible to fully and accurately tell the stories of my past 6 months I am going to try. I am going to attempt to update my blog starting in the Galapagos all the way up to present day. Hopefully through the help of pictures, my journal, and my memory a decently realistic update will ensue. Hopefully, I will have enough energy over the next couple of weeks to stick to it. Wish me luck.

Galapagos, part 2

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on some boat tours whilst in the Galapagos. These pictures are an glimpse into those trips. Again, I feel as though the pictures will do a much better job explaining the trip than I ever could. I am, however, going to write a post later on with some stories and advice. Enjoy! 

   

                                     

Guayaquil, EcuadorĀ 

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 I could then take a bus to Guayaquil. Upon arriving at the bus station however, I realized the best option was the overnight bus. This meant another 12 hours waiting, only this time I didn’t sleep. 12 long, long hours later (did I mention long) I was finally on a bus to Guayaquil…. At least I was pretty sure. There was some problem with my ticket not being for the exact bus but then the driver said it was ok although the attendant clearly didn’t agree. So, there I was at 12 am, in the middle of Ecuador on a bus. I figured I could sort it all out when I arrived to wherever I was going. 

Thankfully, I did arrive in Guayaquil. And on top of it the hostel I had booked was only about a mile away from the bus station/ airport and I decided to walk. I spent one night here which give me enough time to do laundry and get a pedicure…. I’m really living the hard life. The next morning I was headed to the Galapagos!