Published: March 5th 2011March 5th 2011
My second week in Galapagos is now almost over and it's been quite interesting!
Returned to the Station, reality and all the gazillion mosquitoes on Sunday night and were straight back to work on Monday (what a bummer). Even bigger bummer. We cut Mora on Monday which was very joyous! Some of it was so high that I literally had to jump and then cut. Which is really not something you should do when handling a machete... Oh Well :) After work we went to the bar (which is basically a shed where they sell alcohol 10 minutes away from the station). Monday night in the bar has sort of been established as a sad ritual which helps us all to get over the fact that we had to leave town :) It was also Michelles and Nicos last night with us so we had to send them off Jatun Sacha style! It was a very funny night with way too much rum and beer (thats all they sell there) and me actually owning all the guys at pool! Yeah Baby!
Tuesday was a more relaxed day for me because I was on lunch duty which meant I didn't have
to work in the morning! Score! It did however mean that Hanna (a german girl) and I having to peel about 60 potatoes and cut about a millions pieces of garlic. I think I may prefer Mora... Anyways! Lunch was a hit and we actually got the afternoon off work so we just played Bananagams (which is basically Scrabble without a board and really really funny) and chilled in the hammocks. This is basically all we do in general. We work, we eat, we play banagrams and cards, we sleep. It's a glorious life at Jatun Sacha!;) Oh yeah and we get bitten by mosquitoes! Can't forget that!
On Wednesday we went to work at the neighbours which was tiriiing! We planted grass there for the cows the neighbours own. Which basically meant that we were planting invasive plant species for invasive animals... not entirely sure whether that is the aim of our project in general but oh well! I was on fire that day and dug like 50 holes. So i was very proud of myself :)
On Thursday we went to the Galapaguera to work there which was very exciting for me, because we didn't go
last week. Usually we work in the greenhouse there, but at the moment the guys we work with are on vacation so we didn't actually end up doing all that much work. Yay! After being done there we visited the actual Galapaguera and saw some huge tortoises! Bless them they don't actually do that much (according to David who had been there 2 weeks ago they hadn't even moved;) ), but the sheer fact that they grow to be 200-300 years old is very impressive! After that we went to Puerto Chino which is a beautiful beautiful beach close to the Galapaguera and spent about 2 hours there. During this time Matt managed to pioneer a new extreme sport called wave jumping. Which basically means when a big wave approaches the shore you run towards it in the most ridiculous manner possible and then try to jump over it and land without hurting yourself. It was hilarious!
On Friday it was hike time! So after a pancake breakfast we left to hike to the Volcano which is the highest part on the Island and you have an amazing view from three. Sadly being the highest part and everything meant
that we bascially had to hike uphill for about 2 hours. David couldn't even sing his notorious, american Camp Songs anymore he was that tired! What a shame ;) When we actually reached the top we were all knackered but also super happy that we had made it and Heather, Anna, David and Brad actually had so much energy left they started doing push ups. Crazy people... After that we took the taxi to the Port and here we are! We couldn't stay at our usual hotel because it was full so that was sad, but Anna, Heather and I went to the beach like directly when we arrived and it was so good! Just soaking up the sun and swimming. It's a good life :) I did almost step on a sea lion in the water though. I was just going in and then I was like: mhm... what's that black thing in the water...? Oooooh it's a sea lion! They are so funny. Sometimes they just lie down on the beach and let themselves be rolled around by the current. So lazy :) I want to be a sea lion...:)
After that I went to do some shopping
and I actually have like summer clothes now. Shorts and everything which is amazing! I'm not constantly hot anymore! Wooo! At 6 we went out for dinner (Pizza which was yummy!). then bought a bottle of rum and sat on the promenade and watched the sea lions. They're just so entertaining! And it's really fun to narrate what they're doing :) Good times :) At about 10 we went out to Iguana Rock which is the Gringo bar around here and danced :( Thanks to Brad we now have our very own Jatun Sacha dance moves :( cutting Mora, swatting mosquitoes, filling plastic bags with soil, washing the dishes etc. It was hilarious. 10 volunteers in a circle doing those dance moves :) We looked a bit strange. Oh well :)
I am now off to buy some souuuvenirs which are very expensive around here so sad face! and then snorkeling!
Tomorrow I'm actually going on a Snorkeling tour and I'm going to snorkel with sharks (and hopefully not get eaten!!!)! So so so excited :):)
I hope you're all very well :)
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