What made it even more difficult was that this friend's mom died almost exactly three years ago.
Whew, it's been rough. I just wanted to say thank you for your patience, and for dealing with my horrible blogging inconsistency.
Now, away from this depressing stuff and on to the article!
When I first visited Galapagos, I had no idea there were actual people living on the islands. I assumed it was just inhabited by frolicking seals and sneezing marine iguanas. However, it turns out that there are several bustling towns, and many farms, on certain parts of these islands.
While these sea towns may not be as bustling as New York, there were much busier than I expected. Filled with little shops, cafe's, and other local business, the settlement we visited, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, was on Santa Cruz island.
As usual, we took a zodiac from the ship to the shore, and then docked by a small pier. Coming in, we saw all sorts of fishing boats bobbing in the water. Some were new, others were so rusty I was afraid they sink at the smallest crash of a wave.
The most noticeable thing about this island was that everybody was very happy. People stood in groups, talking and smiling, or kicking a ball around. Even the seals were peaceful-- they lay napping on benched or waddling through the streets between the fisherman.
Though at the time I didn't understand a lick of Spanish, it was all a very pleasant atmosphere.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is also where you can get your souvenirs. While you want to be careful-- they can be drastically overpriced-- you can buy everything from local art and handmade crafts to the stereotypical floral-print tourist shirts. Though we didn't eat at very many of the restaurants the food smelled delicious.
As well as souvenirs, Santa Cruz (as well as San Cristobal), is where you can see the giant tortoise preservation. If you want to read more about this preservation, click here.
Despite not having as much time to explore this island as I would have liked, all these features combined presented an island experience I still love to recollect. And the seals there were adorable too.