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iguanas

iguanas
marine iguanas

Imagine landing in the late afternoon on the shores of one of the Galapagos islands and being met by… this?

There they stand, erect, proud, poised and still as if waiting just for you to take that coveted photo. One move of theirs would have most of you scramble for shelter. But fortunately for you, they don’t move. They just stand there while you click away and then scramble off once you’ve moved on to a new attraction. Continue reading

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Galapagos 2

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the great blue heron

One of the attractions of Floreana island is the Floreana post office box which is hard to miss as you spy in the distance a clutter of post boxes and faded signs which litter a spot near the beach.

People still leave letters there today, in the tentative hope that they might be picked up and posted by a passerby heading to the destination marked on the envelope. The cards we left have yet to reach their destination, and that was quite some time ago now…oh well..

While this post barrel is now a tourist attraction, it began as a genuine post box back in the 1790’s to facilitate the delivery of mail between the US and England, the idea being that a passing ship would pick up the mail and deliver it to its destination.

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GALAPAGOS 1

The Galapagos islands, which belong to Ecuador and are situated about 1 thousand kilometres off the western coast of the mainland, have been a National Park since 1959, a century after the publication of Charles Darwin’s pivotal book The Origin of Species.

In 1845 Darwin wrote, about the islands: „..Hence, both in space and time, we seem to be brought somewhat nearer to that great fact- that mystery of mysteries- the first appearance of new beings on this earth“.

For centuries the islands had been visited by pirates and adventurers as well as traders and scientists who stocked up on water and tortoise meat.  They have been known by various names including  „Archipiélago de Colón” after Christopher Columbus and „Islas Encantadas“ (Bewitched Islands).

More globally they are known as the Galapagos islands.

Below are some random photos we took of the wondrous creatures we saw across the different islands we visited.

nacza boobie:

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Cotopaxi- Ecuador- cycling down the volcano- on the outside.

Approaching Cotopaxi

Approaching Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi was not intended to be the highlight of our trip to Ecuador. I mean, how could anything eclipse Galapagos?

In terms of stunning awe and splendour, Galapagos is difficult to rival, but in terms of adrenalin and freedom of spirit, biking down Cotopaxi volcano does a pretty good job.

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Markets around the world. No, not stock markets.

Goa

Goa

spices

Indian spices, Goa

fruit sellers, boat to Mandalay, Burma

fruit sellers, boat to Mandalay, Burma

Colourful, vibrant, noisy, gaudy, delectable, aromatic, pungent, tacky, genuine, ‚imported‘.

Most makets we have visited over time conjure up some story we‘ve experienced or tastes we‘ve savoured. The main ingredient of these markets seems to be the cacophony of colours and textures which hit you as you merge within their stalls.

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