In my last post, I posted a video of our program’s trip to the Galapagos Islands, a childhood dream come true for me and one of the deciding factors of me choosing the IES Quito program for my study abroad experience. It was a trip of a lifetime, five days away from the city on these remote, exotic islands. I felt like I was living in an episode of a BBC or Animal Planet wildlife show, practically waiting for Jeff Corwin or some British guy to narrate the behaviors and wildlife. I loved how the wildlife were so curious, especially the sea lions, which were more abundant than the stray dogs in Quito and much more daring towards humans. While snorkeling, I saw marine iguanas feeding underwater, chased sea turtles and swam over/under/around them (Crush from Finding Nemo dreams…check!), and got chased by sea lions. We saw sting rays, neon colored parrot fish, penguins, and more. It was a dream, and the scenery was pristine. We traveled between islands by boat, where I discovered that after a particularly rocky boat ride that I am indeed succeptible to sea sickness…there goes my dreams of sailing around the world someday.
We stayed 2 nights on Isla Santa Cruz, and 2 nights on San Cristóbal, and it was hard to leave after spending 5 days in paradise knowing I would be going back to a big, bustling, slightly chilly city.
Here are some pictures of the trip, and be sure to check out the video from my previous post!
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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);">I'm studying studio art, entrepreneurship/social enterprise and international studies at Wake Forest University (Go Deacs!). Born and grew up in Canada by Malaysian born parents, I've always had an awareness of other cultures, countries, and customs. I've always wanted to travel South America and after spending the summer interning in Lima and volunteering in Kenya, I am excited to stay in one country for a while and live out some new adventures. I enjoy everything about the outdoors--camping, rock climbing, hiking, biking, running, hammocking, and have recently taken up surfing while in Lima. I also love all things art-design, painting, photography, and film, and hope to be able to share my experiences in Quito through my words and images.</span></p>