Thursday, August 10, 2006

Back Burned and Bruised!

We made it back! I must say we really subjected ourselves to some torture this vacation but damnit ... it was worth every minute. OK not every minute, there were times in Quito when I wished I was home, but the Galapagos islands were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. This is the place for you if you love animals. I've already decided to bring our kids back there (if we have ever kids hehe). :)

Sealions a plenty:
Darwin Bay Beach on Genovesa

Now time for the whining. I got sun burned on my back, and I don't usually get burned. My stomach hasn't been feeling good either the entire trip. No full blown stomach sickness but general discomfort. Urhgk. DH had to reach for the cipro (for diarrhoea) twice. I didn't think the altitude in Quito would affect me but damnit it did. AMS (acute mountain sickness) that's what it's called. My head hurt like hell, nauseau, general sluggishness, and a tingling in my fingers. EEEEKs!

In the Galapagos there were boat rides from hell to battle. The journeys in the smaller boats were rough. The swells were up to 5ft. Imagine the bottom of the boat slamming as it hits the trough. The thud reverberates through your entire spine. And this happened every 30 seconds. We endured this for 6 hours albeit broken up into 2 hr chunks. I think we deserve an award. Thankfully I didn't get seasick. Some other people weren't so lucky!

In Quito there were busrides from hell. Notice a theme here? 2 hours through the winding mountains. The smell of onions mixed with cheap perfume permeating the stale air and some american kung fu movie dubbed in spanish blaring on the tv on the bus. Strangely Ecuadorian public transport always has some form of entertainment such as music or a tv. I've never been so glad to get off a bus.

View from the bus:
volcano?

So to end it off, we decided to take it easy with a day of horseback riding around Cotopaxi (volcano). Sounds relaxing huh? It totally wasn't. The next day our inner thighs and backs were hurting. And we still had to run (with all our stuff in tow) to make our connecting flight in Miami! OMG. Thank goodness we didn't fly back today with the heightened security.

OK but don't let that detract from the amazing time we had. =) I'll end off with some photos. More to come in my new travel blog, The Reluctant Adventurer!

Lounging lizard and crabs:
Marine Iguanas and Craberoos

A very birdy couple:
Awww birdy couple

Turtle and I:
Holy Mother of All Tortoises!

Quito Photoset

Galapagos Photoset

10 comments:

matreshka said...

Welcome back! And thanks to your review, I'll put these places on my list of WHERE-TO-GO!

rhys said...

I felt queasy reading your post...

Kevin said...

Looks like an interesting place... lots of strange creatures over there. :)

singaporegrrl said...

Welcome back. Holy cow, that's a giant turtle!

BloatedTomato said...

The turtle looks very scary..

gracie said...

wah the turtle real one ah? I also always kena mountain sickness when I visit the in-laws in Colorado. And dunno why, every time I visit, sure come the period no matter which week of the month.

Anyways, glad to see u managed to have fun in spite of the hellish stuff =D

mini said...

yeah the turtles are pretty freaky aren't they? wait till u see the size of their poop! haha

gracie>glad I'm not the only one who gets mountain sickness. was starting to feel like quite a loser! how long does it usually take u to get over it it? I still want to see machu picchu sniff

dewberrry said...

aww, travel sickness is not fun... i felt bad just reading your list of ailments! glad you had so much fun though, hey, E and i had an almost identical pic of us on horseback! :-)

mini said...

dewy> show me the photo! :) I looked so uncool on the horse. sigh...

S* said...

Lurve that turtle picture too! He/She looks totally unfazed. Must deal with enough tourists on a daily basis - you think they would have enough time to learn to sign autographs by now...