Another bright & early day, this time it’s a chance to disembark to boat. Yeah baby, it’s nice to leave my single cabin on the 300 level that is underneath the galley where I can smell what’s going on & let’s not forget looking threw the porthole tiny window at the zodiac landing station listing to the voices of the crew & the smell of diesel from the zodiac engines. It’s nice to have a window to look threw & to sleep in a cabin all by myself for a change eventho if its only for a week. However, I had to make sure I was on the right floor before I ended up in the crew cabins. From time to time I would pass a chef, engineer or staff cos I was more or less are living in “staff cabin world for the week”. I would say a simple “hola” & I usually got a “hello Christine” or in Spanish “Cristina” as what my name is also translated into. Disembarkation is a great chance to take advantage of seeing some of the culture of the Galapagos on land on Santa Cruz. I quite enjoy walking the dock, the side streets looking at the murals & figuring out what story I want to tell threw the lens. There are some very nice looking restaurants’, bars & galleries too. Not to forget that there’s a number of dive shops as well as accommodations to suit your needs, grocery store, post office, hardware store, clothing stores, & laundry facilities etc, the list goes on and on... the amenities you would find in any town/city of the world. Also, it’s the potential chance to see tortoises in the highlands. I quite enjoyed the yummy vegetarian lentil lunch, a traditional Ecuadorian dish at Altair. Yes, there are two main communities in the Galapagos that are highly populated. You wouldn’t think of such a thing, but there are. Where else would you expect that guides & others who work in the area go during their “off time” from working on ships? Back to the mainland, which is quite costly if you add up all those Aero Gal, flights.
|Street in Town|
Last night I also got positive feed back from Matt & Amy on the photos that I submitted. It’s nice to hear that the image of the plant that’s related to the sunflower was “gorgeous” according to Matt. While my other one that I had of Mike, the photo instructor, at sunrise with a guest could have been better with where I placed my horizon line, only if I thought to get down on my knees to shoot the beautiful clouds that morning that my eye was drawned to with my wide angel lens. It was nice to get positive feedback from a couple of pros that I’ve quite enjoyed spending the week with. As well as a few new tips from the pros.
|Tortoise in Highlands|