Many family and friends have asked me just how fabulous the Galapagos is, and is it worth the trip? I’m going to “yes” right off the bat because anytime you can see wildlife in their natural habitat, it’s a treat. This is probably truer for a gal who grew up in a city atmosphere than those who were raised in rural areas.
The natural beauty of the unspoiled islands make you realize what this Earth is all about and what we are doing to mistreat it. The Galapagos naturalists make you wonder why while some of us devote ourselves to the land, and the rest of us are not even aware of what makes the Earth tick.
The following photos, taken by Eliot Hess, give you a sense of the beauty that awaits you.This set of photos were taken on Española, the southernmost of the Galápagos Islands. It’s also one of the oldest. Geologists day it’s about four million years old.
My friend Maurice de Hond is probably one of the most famous people in the Netherlands. You can’t walk around most places in Amsterdam without him being recognized. If you are Dutch, you know Maurice.
Most of his fame comes from being a TV personality. He is a pollster, a computer expert, and the founder of School Suites, a start-up that promotes personalized learning in the school system. Maurice believes that each child should be educated on his or her own individual talents and interests. The days of mass learning in a traditional classroom is over. The transformation will take place over the next decade. Click here to read all about it. http://scoolsuite.nl/en/. He travels all over the world giving lectures about it.
He is also working with a cancer research company that will have a big announcement in the not-to-distant future. Keep your fingers crossed. We may beat this disease in our lifetime.
Maurice and I met though business but have remained friends for 31 years. We usually see each other once a year and speak to each other via email, social media and phone calls. Eliot and I also know Maurice’s adult children and their families.
Maurice is pictured with his wife Mari and daughter Daphne in the above photo. Maurice met Mari on his trip to Cuba almost 13 years ago. He went there to learn how to Salsa dance, and came back to Amsterdam with a bride.
We have all gotten together a number of times on both sides of the ocean. I’m thankful for the Internet because without it, we never would have maintained such close ties. I have done other profiles on Maurice before in DigiDame. This won’t be the last.
Pictures taken at Wynwood Walls.
This video was created by Facebook about my trip to the Galapagos. I opened my Facebook account today and there it was. Interesting to note, some of these photos were never posted on Facebook. They were taken from my camera roll on my iPhone. Watch out what you store on your phone. Facebook can grab them.
Photos on your camera roll are stored by city, and by date. It’s not that difficult for a software program to capture a group of photos that are related to each other. The video did have one mistake and I was able to eliminate the photo from another story.
I’m pretty proud that I was able to take the video off of Facebook and post it here. That was something I couldn’t do before. All I had to do was save the video to my camera roll, then turn it into a YouTube video on my channel, and then post it here. It was so simple.
I played hooky this past Sunday, the last day of hiking when we were in the Galapagos. The hiking trails scheduled for that day were treacherous and I didn’t want to take any chances. Most days on the expedition we were climbing on boulders and it was a miracle that I didn’t break my neck.
(This is the super yacht we were on, La Pinta. It is 209 feet long, houses 27 crew members and 44 guests).
I was one of the few who remained onboard. I loved it. I practically had the whole luxury yacht to myself. See the picture of the La Pinta above. It was glorious, just lounging in my cabin watching the water ripple by. I suddenly thought to myself that it would be interesting to always live on a ship. Each day I would wake up in a new port. While that sounded very romantic at the time, reality set in fast. The vessel suddenly listed to one side, and I realized that I couldn’t handle the constant swaying.
Coincidentally, my brother sent me a story from the New York Times about a man who has lived on an ocean line cruiser for the past 20 years. I enjoyed the story so much I wanted you to read it too. Mario Salcedo has been living on the Royal Caribbean as a full time resident. Please read the story and watch the video. It’s a great end of life story. Click here.