I spent 9 nights in Quito and I don’t have much to say about it. Plenty of travellers I’ve spoken to hated it. I enjoyed my time here but only certain parts are mention-worthy.
I am a very lucky guy. The experience of the last week is still sinking in.
First, I get out of a contract from what was to be a terrible cruise. Then I spend a week on a cruise that is definitely on the “Top 10 best weeks of my life” list. Maybe it was meant to be.
Having said that I’d take my chances at trying to get a Galapagos cruise in Puerto Ayora, I proceeded to go cruise-shopping on the day I arrived in the Galapagos Islands. I was actually facing mild food poisoning that very day. It was a struggle to force myself to walk around town in the heat, trying to locate travel agencies to help me find a great cruise at the lowest possible prices.
Or his spirit at least.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the BBC series Planet Earth. In fact, any documentary on wildlife. But one subject that has always caught my attention is the Galapagos Islands.
These days, everyone and their moms can visit the Galapagos. Sure, it’s pricey but they let everyone in. I’m at the airport now and all these foreigners are getting ready to make the flight with me as well. Many have been before me, and many will go after me. I guess it doesn’t feel that special anymore, as if a remote place few eyes have seen.
But if you’re a big fan of wildlife, this is your Mecca.
I am not going to be climbing Mount Everest any time in my future.
The beauty in Medellin isn’t in the actual city itself, which is polluted, densely populated, and always busy. This is also the reason why I didn’t take many photographs of the city itself because everyone knows what that kind of city looks like. But I do like how almost all the buildings are made of brick. The walls of the “crater” in which Medellin sits in are lined densely by the poorer families, much like favelas in Brazil.
Note: In an attempt to avoid Flickr, I am trying to figure out how to get my pictures uploaded into a gallery format. The internet upload speeds here are also pretty slow. I will get pictures up as soon as I can.
Update: You can access my South America pictures via the link at the top called “South America Photos”. Just click on the city you’re interested in checking out and it’ll take you to the appropriate gallery.
I have been experiencing writer’s block for years (well, I’d have to be a “writer” first to get “writer’s block” but that’s another topic) and I didn’t have much luck either this week. So here’s a brief low-down on my thoughts on Bogota.
It’s really hot here. Coming from 2600m/70F crisp Bogota to sea level/90F humid Cartagena was a slap in the face. But it’s not unlike going back to Malaysia I suppose. They are, after all, both near the equator.