Hola amigos y sus familias!
(I really don´t know if that´s the right way to say that..haha)
Anyways…sad day today! Ian and I had to say goodbye to the best of our friends from all provinces of Canada and Switzerland. We watched them drive off, back to Jatun Sacha in the jungle, while we are staying here at the beach until our flight out on Wednesday. We can´t believe that 5 weeks has gone by so fast! For all of you, if you didn´t know already, Ian and I will be flying from San Cristobal to Quito, Ecuador on Wednesday the 8th, and then flying the following morning back to the States. We will most likely be back in Knoxville late Sunday evening.
This week was one of the best up at the station. Thankfully, the rain subsided and Ian and I were able to finish our research. PHEW… We also got to do a lot of hard, manual labor that just honestly pumped us up! We got to make coffee one afternoon, which we bought some of. We also got to work down in reforestation, where we macheted trees! Jatun Sacha needed to clear cut the area where invasive species have taken over, then coming back to replant the native trees. We yelled “TIMBER” a lot and sweated even more. It was exhausting and too much fun at the same time. Later that night, we all headed to the bar in celebration of Canada Day! We got decked out in Canadian paraphenalia (stickers, pins, buttons, etc), then drank until there was no tomorrow! Haha. We even all sang the Canadian national anthem. It was the best night we had at the bar, and a great farewell since it was our last bar night. On Thursday, we returned to the Green House where we planted 1000 tomato plants. It was good, slow work after a late night at the bar. When we finished, Carlos at the Green House, told us they had no more work for us to do, so until the taxi came, Ian and I slept in between rows of tomatoes in the dirt. Yes..we were that tired. That night, we all shared a delicious cake to bid us farewell from the station.
Port has been wonderful all weekend. The weather has been great. The sun seems to never hide. Friday night, our group went out for pizza and pasta. Otherwise, our days have been spent at the beach, collecting our last rays of sun. We are both as brown as can be. The sun here is so much different than back home. Much much stronger. Ian and I plan to lay out again tomorrow and Tuesday.
Although we are excited to return and see our families, friends, and dogs of course, we are very sad to be leaving. It´s weird to think that San Cristobal has been our home for the last month. It´s so cool that we can say we lived on the Galapagos Islands for a month! We will miss the station and our friends. It´s been a great experience hanging out with so many people from around the world..much different than from home of course. Ian and I already have a Canadian roadtrip planned out and a trip to New York to see Jack this Christmas. Ecuador has been nothing, but incredible. We will miss the culture, the food, the people, and most of all the scenery. South America is a completely different world.
Can´t wait to see everyone! Sorry, the middle paragraph is in bold because the keyboards here are layed out different and now we can´t change it. Love and miss everyone. See you all soon!
Ian and Erin