Galapagos Musings

As we settle into our final night in Puerto Ayora, I thought I’d share some student excerpts from our group journal. We have many awesome photos to share, too, but Internet challenges make sharing words a whole lot easier than pictures, so we’ll save the visual media for a later post.

Here’s a rap from Emerson in response to our first full day in the Galapagos:

We woke up in the Islands Galapagos
We had a full day so Vaminos

Hopped on a bus to go and hike
Learned about trees and stuff we like

Sinkhole craters like the face of the moon
Explosion of excitement, without the boom!

We are unique to this place, call us endemic
Environmentalism is a disease, it’s an epidemic

Hopped on the bus, now we off to the lava tunnels,
Climbed over rocks, trying not to stumble

Army-crawled through a hole and got all muddy
Work hard, play hard, we explore, we study

We exited the tunnels, rocks we hurdled
Now off to the farm to see the turtles

Oops I mean tortoises
Taking pics like tourists

Crawling in the shell and having a swell

Time,
People can’t handle these rhymes

Now we off to the coffee farm
We enjoyed the cups like cats playing with yarn

We expired Puerto Ayora and set the boundaries
People got the smelly clothes and did some laundry

Swam with Ecuadorians, no speedo
Jumped in the pool and had mucho divertido!

Now this day has come to an end
We are all getting closer and becoming good friends.

Stepping up the challenge put forth by Emerson’s lyrical musings, Stella and Sarah responded with this piece of poetry:

We got
Wicked Burned
Wear sun screen
We learned walking down the beach
We tried to teach each other to surf
We woke up on the islands Galapagos
We had a full day so Vaminos

We went snorkeling
Almost drowned
Then we went to explore the town

ow my feet hurt
ow my feet hurt
But look: a marina iguana

Blue boobie Blue boobie Blue boobie Blue boobie Blue boobie
Blue boobie #6
Blue boobie #16
Blue boobie #16
Blue boobie #6

Sand between my toes
Nutella on my bread slice
Patrick saw a tortoise
Murray saw a shark
A HO!

We also have a song from Patrick that I am hoping to share via video performance.

At any rate, it has been a great week, culminating with a trip to Bartoleme Island today where the snorkeling was epic: white tip sharks, manta rays, penguins, and more spectacular marine life than an aquarium.

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