A year ago today I began my trip around the world. I can’t believe it’s been a year. It was an incredible three months. I encourage everyone to expand your world and travel. You’ll enrich your life, no doubt about it.
That was too quick. What kind people. I really didn’t spend enough time here, but one thing struck a very sad note for me, I realized looking around that there are hardly any older people, I may have seen one lady that was 70 or so, but that’s it. I’ll never understand how the former government could do that to their own people. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, look up “The Killing Fields” or Khmer Rouge.
Onto my next destination, Chiang Mai.
After a brutal two days of traveling, I finally made it to Asia and Cambodia specifically. It’s bloody hot here, I’m melting, literally.
The Cambodian people are very kind and gentle spirited. Siem Reap reminds me a lot of my first trip to Vietnam. I expect Cambodia will go through the explosive growth that Vietnam has as well, I hope they are able to preserve their kind spirit.
The temples are pretty magnificent over 900 years old, surviving wars with Siam (Thailand) the Chams (Vietnam) American bombing during the Vietnam war and the Khmer Rouge. There was much more Hindu influence than I expected (guess I should have researched more) many of the temples depict the Indian deities. In later years, Buddha statues were added.
Watching, watching, I always feel like somebody is watching me…
I have found it!
We had a 5:15 am wake up call (which translates to 3:15am time in CA, ugh) to try to see some Sea turtles laying their eggs, we missed one but saw the tracks back into the sea. But we did get lucky and saw a turtle laying her eggs and trying to cover them up, poor girl didn’t go back far enough and so all her efforts are for naught 😦
Caught a brilliant sunrise too, 5:15 wake up call wasn’t so bad…
Climbed the hill on Bartolomé, gorgeous views are all around,
One bad thing,I was literally eaten alive by Mosquitos and they continue to jump over everyone else to bite me 😦 I lost track at 20+ bites 😦 .
What purpose in the Circle of Life can Mosquitos possibly contribute!!
We had two snorkeling sessions and after I got over my fear of putting my head under water, it was good fun, beautifully colored fish, a million starfish of differing colors, various types of seascape.
To end the day, we had a dry landing (no one gets wet) in Sullivan’s Bay lava fields, the last eruption was 1897, very surreal looking, Buzz Aldrin called in moon landscape when he visited, so I’m going to have to agree with him, since he’s actually seen the moons surface.
The Galápagos Islands didn’t break off from one of continents, they all formed as a result of volcanic activity and plate shifts. It’s one of the reasons they are so unique.
The diversity of the islands is pretty amazing and overall gorgeous!
Well it started off with a bang, early morning, all set to take off, speeding down the runway and captain aborts landing, pulling up very sharply and immediately touching down again, that woke me up…. A flock of birds had flew across the runway, causing the captain to abort, we had to go back to the gate for a check and refueling. Next takeoff was smooth, no feathered friends.
Made it to San Crisobel Island, our boat, The Queen Beatriz is pretty sweet, lots of nice folks from all over, mainly Aussies of course 😉
Our first excursion was to a beach with sea lions just laying about, they really can’t be bothered by humans.
There were small pups, and you could easily see who rascals were, just like other puppy liters, there was one pup that couldn’t stay still and had to wake everyone up 😉 I have a video to go with it but can’t get it to upload :(! Success! Now uploaded
Shelly had a great suggestion, “Why don’t I add why I decided to go to each place on my trip.” Well Galápagos has been on my bucket list since before I even knew what a bucket list was. Back in high school, we learned about genetics and Charles Darwin, his Galápagos Islands theories on natural selection, etc. So I’ve always been fascinated with genetics, mutations etc. At one point I actually wanted to be a genetic scientist, but silly me, I thought there would be nothing else interesting to come out of genetics since we’d already mapped the human genome.
Ah well….the wisdom of youth…