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November 17th 2019
Published: November 18th 2019
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Ridiculously early breakfast make transfer by boat and bus to tiny airport. Said our goodbyes to Adrianna and our crew members, who had looked after us so superbly, and then, boarded our 2 hr flight back to Quito, after the usual purchase of tacky souvenirs at hugely inflated airport prices.
And what of our travelling companions? Generally great characters with fascinating careers. Mick and Ita from Ireland, now living in London. Great company and constant humour. Think a cross between Father Ted and Mrs Brown of TV fame and you've got her! She is a a high flying Nurse in London, teaching serious illness recognition, Resuscitation and Acute Life Support to Doctors and nurses. Fascinating career and a laugh a minute. Great dinner table company. Oeysten and Linda from Norway were great company, with a wicked sense of humour. He works in Oil and Gas, having his own company and a frequent visitor to Invergordon. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Icelandic, plays guitar and has a fishing boat. Linda is a psychotherapist and Yoga teacher, with her own Yoga business. These were our two favourite couples. Phil and Hilary were nice, him having a Marine Chandlery business in Geordie land, and she (a fellow Scot)) was a physiotherapist. Londoners Nick and Liz had their own property company, and we're also both great company. Canadians Alan (biology teacher) was good company, and MaryAnn, Special needs (I think) teacher. Which brings me neatly to the 'Family Springbok' from Capetown. Headed by fit and feisty 82 yr old mum, Judy, and daughters Karen, Sue,and Nicky, all very pleasant company on their own, but tended to be a bit loud and brash when all together. Understable, as Karen and Mum still lived in Capetown, and Sue and Nicky, in Florida, so such family get togethers, possibly along with the natural South African national traits, were obviously going to be excitable, exuberant affairs. I have to admit that it began to grate a bit on my sensitive 'Cheuchter' ears after a week. Each to his own. I must be getting less tolerant with advancing years. Sorry It is what it is. Onward and Upward

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