Kate Paladin
April 28, 2014

I’m very much an “action” person and tend to find looking at animals or beautiful views for more than a few minutes (let alone a few days) a little boring. But the Galápagos was different. I was captivated by almost every wildlife we saw (not to mention, I fell in love with piqueros patas azules or blue footed boobies) and you literally had to drag me away from everything as I went crazy over the ecology and geology of the islands.

Blue Footed Boobies are my new favorite animal!

I’m not a professional photographer, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words and I have no way to describe the incredible experience I had in the Galápagos. Hopefully these photos will give  an idea of the wildlife and landscape diversity.

black iguana on a sandy beach

We had the rare opportunity to watch a marine iguana eat (underwater!)

Male frigate bird

The Galapagos are named after these giant tortoises.

We got to snorkel everyday!


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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Kate Paladin and I&#39;m an Environmental Studies major, Math minor at Bates College. I am a research assistant studying lake ecosystems, volunteer in an elementary school classroom and perform Bollywood dance. Most people study Spanish and then decide to visit South America, but I did the reverse - after choosing Quito for study abroad, I took my first Spanish class! Although I have just 2 years of Spanish under my belt, I couldn&#39;t be more excited to study in Ecuador.</span></p>

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