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Madison Hurley

University of Maine-Orono
Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS

Hello!! My name is Madison, I’m Massachusetts made and currently a junior at the University of Maine majoring in Marine Science and minoring in Spanish. I love the ocean and can sometimes be a science nerd so I am really looking forward to spending my time in the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin happened to discover evolution. I enjoy drawing, taking photos with my GoPRo, and snorkeling/diving. Follow me to stay updated on my underwater adventures!

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May 16, 2017

I finally have gotten home as of yesterday Monday May 15th and quite honestly I feel numb. The states are  weird and for sure nothing like the islands. There's busy streets, a lot of people and a bunch of English I'm surprisingly not use to having as background noise.

May 13, 2017

Well...these last three days have been extremely hard. I pretty much haven't stopped crying since Thursday. I never thought leaving me would hit me this hard but it did and I don't know how to handle it.

May 11, 2017

Today is/was my last day here on the islands, crazy how fast time flies when you are having fun. I never really thought we would reach this moment in time. It is all becoming so real and happening so fast. Tomorrow I start my journey back to the United States.

May 10, 2017

They say reverse culture shock has four stages; disengagement, honeymoon phase, irritability and depression, Readjustment and adaptation.

April 30, 2017

Yesterday was my last Kicker Rock dive of the Galapagos; it was a pretty sad moment realizing I won’t be able to dive there again, unless I come back, and also sad because the conditions were not the best. Typically Kicker has mild currents and good visibility.

April 28, 2017

Exactly two weeks from now I will be leaving the Galapagos, two weeks from tomorrow I will be leaving the country, and two weeks from Sunday I will be home… It’s crazy how fast time flies especially when you’re having the time of your life.

April 19, 2017

I’m not sure how many people read this, but for those that do, I am sorry I have been MIA for a while. A lot has happened since my last post and now, which I needed to focus on more than writing/updating my blog.

March 30, 2017

I meant to post a blog earlier this week but kept forgetting with all the activity going on. I wanted to talk about the week my family came to visit in a separate post but I just got back from IES Abroad Island hopping spring break so I have a few things to talk about.

March 19, 2017

I am almost done with my third module of classes and then Spring Break Starts where we go Island Hopping.

February 28, 2017

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Island of Santa Cruz. It’s weird to think, but the atmosphere was so different there. Where I live on San Cristobal is a small town where everyone knows everyone. I am sure Santa Cruz is the same way but it was so much more touristy.

February 24, 2017

I have been on the islands for about two weeks now and this place is extraordinary.

February 7, 2017

My last week here in Cumbayá is bittersweet. I wish I got more time to explore the mainland and I hate to say goodbye to my host family but the Galapagos Islands are waiting for me.

January 31, 2017

It’s day five of our Techniques in Marine Research class on the coast of Ecuador, part of me is still excited for our last stop on this journey while the other half of me wants to head back into Cumbaya. I haven’t been feeling the greatest but the last couple of days have been pretty great.

January 26, 2017

Friday January 20th and Saturday January 21st we had a Quito City Tour and went to Otavalo to do some exploring and to the indigenous market. USFQ set up the city tour and the events taken place saturday were coordinated by IES Abroad. The city tour began with us visting Itchimbia Park.

January 18, 2017

My first few days in Ecuador have been great, I’m still pretty nervous to be in a different country but the excitement is starting to take over. This place is beautiful; everywhere you look there are so many trees and mountains. The view is absolutely breathtaking.

January 5, 2017

As I am writing this post there are exactly 7 days 23 hours and 6 minutes until my adventure takes off for Quito, Ecuador, which is super exciting but also kind of scary. It’s not the fact I am going to a new country that makes me nervous, it’s the fact I’m going there alone. Anywhere and everywhere you can think of in the world I have probably been to. The Caribbean, Europe, you name it. With every single one of those times I traveled with my family. I love them to pieces and have never explored another country without them but I do feel confident that I will be okay.