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Published: June 18th 2019
Today we started our journey home. We had a pick up at 5:20 AM, which was fine because the beds in our hotel were not comfortable and neither of us was sleeping well. We made our way to the pier with tons of other people and it of course started to rain, which is awesome standing in with all of your luggage and bags and slippery ramps. We had our luggage checked for fruits and animals and waited for our vessel to be called. The words had barely left Chester's mouth saying, "As long as we don't run into that horrible German woman, we are good." When, guess what? Inga our favorite German and her husband were on the boat with us again (the lady who kept trying to push Chester over on the boat to the island) and the puking guys was with us again, too. We made sure were were in the first group on the boat as being last this time meant you were sitting in the rain. We got good seats at the front. This boat appears to use glue instead of duct tape to hold it together. We started on our journey and between the rain
and the bigger swells, a few of the people on the back of the boat looked like they were on Deadliest Catch
getting pelted with waves. They were absolutely soaking wet. After a few hours of head bobbing trying to sleep on a boat in crashing waves, we arrived back at Santa Cruz Island. A few of the passenger arrived a bit lighter than they left, but we just looked the other way.
Our guide George was there to meet us along with our driver. We were dropped off in town to have some breakfast. We scarfed down our breakfast and were ready for the "45 min drive" to the other side of the island. This time we stopped at a giant sink hole half of the way their. Pretty cool to see. The weather was misting and cool most of the AM, but the sun peaked its head out for few minutes.
We got the quayside on the other side of the island and directly onto our boat. An older lady threw her luggage onto the boat and said something and then ran off the boat and her daughter followed here. We were ready to leave but she
was not return to the boat. So we had to wait another 10 min or so before she got back on. We made it to the island with the airport and pretty uneventful to get through security and on the plane. We both slept most of the flight.
When we arrived in Guayaquil, we needed to amuse ourselves waiting for our luggage and noticed a younger couple in a really good fight. So we stalked them trying to listen while we waited for our luggage. Since neither one of us is any kind of a relationship, we definitely had fun making up their conversation. We are sure our impromt-to conversation was better than theirs. And that my friends, shows you just how easily amused we are!
We arrived at our hotel and had dinner there. Our flight LEAVES at 5:10 AM so an early night is definitely in order. But some irony when we got to the hotel. It was the international Jehovah Witness Convention. The irony is they don't celebrate birthdays, since it is Chester's birthday today!
Our time in Ecuador has been amazing. The people are friendly as they get, and the food is flavorful
and delicious. The animals are amazing on land. Small, unique animals you don't see in other places, but the animals in the water are the amazing predators. There was a lot more we could have done if we had more time, so maybe next time.
Adios until our next adventure.
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