Amazon Inn in the DARK! Testing out our cameras night setting.. IT was pitch black out!
We left Portland for a short hop to Seattle, then a 5 hour flight to Miami... The trip wasn´t quite as bad as I thought it would be, but I finally realized the best benefit of being in the military... the USO lounges at the airports! We found the lounge in Miami after flying all night and needing some descent rest before our continued flight on to Quito
.. The lounge had a blow up mattress in a private room.. I say blow up mattress.. but I sort of think someone forgot to BLOW IT UP before setting it out on the floor.. It was perfect though.. Even for an air mattress without any air.. We slept for a few hours then continued on to Quito.. Actually, we were confused half the time while at Miami Airport.
Plane to Galapagos, but really a shot of my NOT army regulation hair!
. No one sopoke English (SERIOUSLY) so we weren´t sure if we were still in the US or not! :)
Anyway.. we landed in Quito at 8 pm or so.. If we were worried about a ride.. there was NO need. TWO people came to pick us up to take us to the same hostel.. The hostel people and the cruise people that we are taking a cruise with in a few days. Why they came.. we still aren´t sure.. We chose NOT to pay for their service and they came anyway! The hostel we stayed at was Amazon Inn.. It was quite nice for an 11.00 per person arrangement. There was a shared bathroom.. but locally it was right outside our door!
Quito is the capital of Ecuador with 2 million people. The industry is oil, bananas, and tourism. It is at 10,000 feet approx so 61 degrees year round.. They use the US dollar since 2000.
He´s cute too.
In 1999 there was a banking crisis and that was the only option they had to save their economy.. It seems nice, but I was happy to leave the next morning.. It is REALLY crowded! We flew to Balta, Galapagos this morning. The landing strip was build by the US Army during WWll and was built on an island that is not inhabited.. So we had to take a bus to the ferry.. then the ferry to the otherside of a small lagoon thingy.. to get an an hour long bus to the city we are currently staying at (Puerto Ayora). We are staying at the Espana Hostel which I definetely would recommend. The front desk lady, Ester, is great.. Very friendly and tells us everything to do here.. Mostly the free stuff.. Not trying to get all our money.. The cab driver at the airport is another story.. He tried to tell Ben there is NO bus to town so would pay the 15.00 cab fare instead of the 1.80 bus fare!
Today we went walking around town.. Swimming.. Up to a cave for you can jump into a lagoon which is half salt and half fresh water.. saw land turtles, lizards, blue_footed boobies, iguanas, sea lions, and pelicans.. That was just walking around town on our own. Tomorrow we are walking across the island to go to a famaous lagoon then on Wednesday we are getting on a boat for a 5 day cruise... I will try to attach some pics. Hope it works....