Today was our travel day and our first day on the beautiful Galapagos Islands. After getting an early start, saying goodbye to our wonderful guide Connie, catching our flight, and feeling the anticipation build during two quick layovers, we finally arrived at San Cristobal Island. Here we met our Galapagos guide Whitman Cox, a third generation Galapagonian, who led us to our beautiful hotel, the Casa Blanca.
After a quick change and application of sunscreen, the group met in front of the hotel where we were immediately distracted by one of the many sea lions in the area who had chosen to take a nap on one of the boardwalk benches. We had a briefing from Whitman about the rest of the day and then headed over to his house for a quick snack and to pick out some snorkeling equipment. Yes that’s right, today many of us, including myself, had our first snorkeling experience!
|The distracting sea lion (lobo marino)|
|The mine we passed on the way to the beach|
|Global Scholars in La Loberia|
Our day finished up with a group dinner of melon juice, vegetable soup, delicious fish or chicken, and peaches at Whitman’s restaurant, La Playa. Afterwards we leisurely walked back to our hotel and my roommate and I enjoyed writing our journals and working on our reading on the balcony watching the sunset over our first day in the Galapagos.