Sorry for bad update! I’ve even had internet where I was sleeping in Isabela, but I had things to do all the time so I didn’t have time to sit by the computer to write.
Now I’m back in Santa Cruz, my last day here.
David had a tour to Isabela and he fixed so I could join the boat there. So before the passengers got onboard, I met up with the captains and slinked in on the boat. Hi hi. But apparently the company later found out that they did this and they are now having a meeting with their boss, I hope they don’t get into too much trouble!!
On our way to Isabela with the crew!
When we arrived at Isabela I walked towards town, since this group all are staying at luxurious hotels I was looking for an accommodation something about 10 times cheaper hehe. I asked a man who was sweeping in a hotel if he knew any hostal for 10-15 USD, and he asked me what I was looking for… a place with AC, tv, bathroom, hot water, kingsize bed and wifi just by the beach? Ehm.. yeha!! That sounds awesome.!! He said “me and my wife has a house down the beach and we are renting out a room there, if you want I can show you the room?” and he took me there with his motorcycle. The room was simple but great. :)
The mainstreet in isabela… beautiful with sand!
The beach with all the picarones :)
After installing myself a little I took a walk around the town, I passed by a restaurant called Aloha Betsy where there was a man sitting, and I asked if they had vegetarian food there. He said that he is only in charge now because the lady was out shopping groceries, but that they do great food here, and that the lady probably could arrange something vegetarian for me. We started talking and he sais that he is a ping pong teacher (among other things). Haha! I asked him if he knew David, because I knew Davids old ping pong teacher lived here in Isabela and since the island isn’t that populated I guess it couldn’t be two ping pong teachers there.. haha. Small world, that the first person I talk to on the island, is the only one I know who he is… :) We talked for a while, and he had some really interesting thoughts. For example, there is around 350.000 visitors here every year, who pays 100 USD each when they arrive to Galapagos… that is a lot of money! And he had the proposition that 1% would go to developing young people and sports… but the government isn’t interested, they are only interested in the animals here… but the problem is, that today’s youth here are using a lot of drugs here because they don’t have anything else to do.. and drugs are expensive, so they have been some thefts around here because of that… which almost never has happened before. It’s super safe here, I can walk alone at night with my Iphone in my hand, and it won’t happen anything.. and that’s because people here have enough money and don’t need to steal..
Well.. anyhow.. Apparently Jamid was waiting for David just in that moment, so funny! Haha. so David was quite surprised over that I was sitting there when he came, haha.
I had a greeeaaat vegetarian dinner (for 5 USD, amazing). Angel arrived too, he is also having a tour in Isabela, so he arranged so I could join him tomorrow to the Tuneles and to snorkel. I had an early night home, I was reallyyyy tired, but since I had internet at home I didn’t manage to sleep until around 1 anyways…
The Bolón , typical ecuatorian breakfast :)
Next day I had some breakfast at one of the restaurants that was open at this hour. I ordered a bolón of cheese, which is typical for here, it’s a mass of banana and cheese I think, quite similar to patacones. Really heavy!
At 8.40 I met up with Angel at the muelle to go to the tunnels. It’s some weird cliff formations that builds tunnels both above and under the sea. Unfortanily it’s not allowed to do any snorkel there anymore, too bad, because it’s supposed to be magical. The water was crystal clear, so from the surface we saw turtles and sea lions very well : ) After that we went to another place close where we did jump of and snorkel for an hour or so. We saw some rainbow fishes and other stuff, and a turtle too :) Oh! And from the boat we saw a manta ray that had the diameter of 4-5 metres! Huge!
Angel found himself a wig
Close-up bluefooted boobie
Me in the tuneles :)
Later when we got back, I went to the beach to have a nap. I wake up a little later and I see David wandering around, he was looking for me, and he says “Sofia! We are leaving now! Are you coming? Let’s go!” haha. I put my stuff together and was about to go with my beachdress and he says “You should bring your shorts instead since we are going to have security around our legs”… I didn’t understand really what we were going to do.. haha. I just knew that this was a new place and not touristic, that it was something David, Angel and the two captains really wanted to do.. hehe
Not until we got there I understood, haha. It’s some volcanic caves called Trillizos . You climb down about 150 metres below sea level. There are some steps there so it’s not to difficult to climb down, but it’s very muddy and slippery so you can easily loose foot grip, but you are secured to a rope just besides, with another rope, haha. It’s quite and little bit risky and dangerous, but still it felt quite safe to do it, very exciting :) But you can’t be shorter than me I think, haha, because some steps I couldn’t reach with my feet so I had to lay against the muddy wall with my belly to reach the step.. hehe. We were all quite dirty when we got down to the caves!! Haha. And then was the climbing up again, but that went easier. :) A very nice experience though!
Fixing our security line :)
In the beginning of the tunnel down to the cave
Going down to the cave!
Happy and dirty after getting down to the cave!
The hole gang at the top again :)
Back in town we had some beers before we went home and took a good shower. Later some dinner, and then out to some bars around here, one by the beach who had a like you could try to walk over, but it’s sort of impossible! Haha.
Jamid, the ping pong teacher, had told me he sang karaoke and that I had to come and see him, so later we went to a karaoke place too. :)
Trying to walk the line.. not that good balance!!
Cheers! Sweaty and happy :)
Oh, and since I decided to stay one more day at the island, (David was leaving tomorrow) I wanted to do the volcano tour in the next day, but it was around 22 at night and all the agency were closed… but Angel knew where a guide lived, so we passed by there and he arranged the tour for me for 25 USD (usually is around 40-50 USD). I’m soooo lucky!! I really don’t know what I would have done without these guys!
Ah… botar means throw in ecuatorian spanish.. in spanish we say tirar.. but that means fuck here..
So the kids have summer vacacions and goes with their fathers to work.. to learn :)
Lots of fishes!
At the beach! Haha… I hate the sun in my face… you can see it in this pic..
Blue footed boobies
Fat sea lion… pregnant!
Beautiful turtle in the water!
Kareoke in Isabela