Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cards # 25 and 26 – Ecuador Part 1

I’ve missed creating new cards while the basement floor has been ripped up, dehumidified, and replaced. I had intended to take a break from travel cards and make more creative mixed media ones, but that’s on hold for now. I had made these in anticipation of being out of town a few times over the summer, so I “saved them up” for use later on but will share them now. Maybe I should start cooking again!
Ecuador is amazing, and we’d highly recommend it. The Galapagos Islands are a wonder unto themselves, and well worth the extra flight and fees. I initially thought that the $100 park fee was a tourist “rip-off”, but after seeing these guys wandering freely- NOT in a zoo, I didn’t mind the expense. The giant tortoises were like creatures from a movie, but they were beautiful in their own right- and seemed just as curious about us as we were about them!
Many people take cruises around the Galapagos Islands, but due to our somewhat limited time and budget, we stayed on land and took day tours of nearby islands. We did not use special zoom lenses to take these photos- they were that close. The animals were not afraid of people, though we were instructed to not touch them or feed them “people food”. We saw an iguana wandering down the street in Puerto Ayora, but we were on a restaurant balcony so couldn’t get a good photo. It was hilarious watching him/her saunter down the sidewalk.
There are a number of hotels and B&B’s on Santa Cruz, one of the larger inhabited islands. The food was great, and we met interesting fellow tourists from around the world, including a couple from our state! Knowing some Spanish helped in the Quito area, but English sufficed for most of the Galapagos experiences. I haven’t thought of a reason to send a card with a large, albeit colorful crab on it, so no card for this critter yet. Maybe someday, a “sorry I was a crab” card, or “hope you’re feeling less crabby soon” to a good friend? 

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