Hi Vaisnavi, We saw Martin and Carmel this weekend and I mentioned you to them. We should all plan a vacation again! How is school going?
As for Ecuador, one of the comments in the Guardian article points to this video which presents a different view of the protests than the Guardian article. It's a difficult situation whichever story is true.
Hi Vaisnavi! Great to hear from you. Yes, the news about Galapagos is terrible. I think awareness and openness about the fragile ecology there is the only hope for those of us who are far away but who care. I mentioned it to my friend who just went to Ecuador. I was in Portland Oregon last week and Greenpeace staged a protest about Shell's oil exploration efforts in Alaska that drew worldwide attention. Did you hear about it?
As for photos, I looked at your Facebook page and loved the Ecuador photos you posted. I've sent Zoobird invitations to all our friends from the Galapagos trip. Maybe we'll see more photos and all keep in touch.
I mentioned your question about electives. I'll let you know what I hear.
Hi Vaisnavi! What's the latest on the Galapagos? I met someone the other day headed to Quito from here in Florida and we talked about it. He was headed to Ecuador to visit coffee fincas for Lineage, his new coffee shop. As for the people we met in the Galapagos, Jeff Rios posts lots of photos on his Instagram account: https://instagram.com/jeff.rios/ The photos he shared on his Dropbox are the only ones I've seen from our Galapagos New Year 2015 group. Do you have any you can share? It's time to start planning a NY 2016 trip! I would love for us all to get together again!
Hi Vaisnavi and welcome to Zoobird! So good to see you here. That's a cool photo! Oh, what a good time we had in the Galapagos islands, didn't we? There's not a person on the trip we wouldn't love to spend another vacation with. I've looked at Jeff's photos several times now, including today savoring the moments. What a wonderful place. It broke my heart reading about the threat to the Galapagos. If it weren't for you, we wouldn't know about it at all. Thanks!