Our last days at Galápagos

Our adventure has come to its end. Tomorrow we will wake up early to catch our flight back to Sweden again. We spent our last days and weekend doing all the things on Santa Cruz we still had left, we went to Las Grietas (a fresh/salt water pool between two cliffs), to the magic swing and the island Pinzón for some good snorkeling. 

Even though we have done so much things there’s still a whole lot more to see but nevertheless I can say that we did our best to experience as much as possible. We have been on 5 islands in total, seen almost all of the major animals, learned how to dance salsa by the locals, met so much people from all over the world, tried so much new food/drinks and of course, gained a lot of experience and knowledge within the veterinarian profession. We are so grateful towards Darwin Animal Doctors for the opportunity of learning about animal healthcare abroad and towards our school Spånga Gymnasium for financing the whole trip. This would not have been possible without you both!

Through this 5 weeks we have learned so much about medicine but aside from that also the fact that it’s not always necessary with all the fancy equipment, you can do a great deal with the limited materials you got. Through the volunteers who has been working at the clinic we have also learned that it is never impossible or to late to travel around the world, doesn’t matter what age you are or how much experience and money you have. I strongly encourage everybody to find their own memories throughout the world. I know I will. 

 

Galapagos – San Cristobal

This week we decided to take a boat ride to San Cristobal, one of Galapagos major islands where you can find a lot of sea lions. We went on a trail called Tijeretas which leads you to a beach where you can snorkel and to a viewpoint. It was so cool to snorkel around the small reef and we even saw a sea turtle! You really get surprised how big they are. 

We slept at Hostal de Laura and took a taxi to a volcano the next day. We didn’t have so much time because we had to catch our boat home so therefore we got kind of nervous when we realized that we had to climb all the way up to see the lagoon we were looking for. It was done in no time though. Afterwards we continued to Galapaguera Center where they breed turtles for their survival. The species are endemic and important for the island. The heat makes it more exhausting than it should be but it was worth it (even if the nightlife there could improve). 

Galápagos Santa Cruz – First video

So we are on our second week of five at Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos. Even though we are working at Darwin Animal Doctors 7.5 h per day we still find the time to look around the island and find all kinds of amazing animals. On the weekends we will travel around to different islands, we have already planned going to Isabela, San Cristobal, North Seymour and Pinzon, so we’re hoping to get a new video up every week.

The wifi here is far from the best, though. We tried to upload this one on Sunday evening by going to a restaurant and borrow their internet but even though we sat there an hour we only got it to 5%. Therefore, the next day we went to a new opened coffee shop were we thought they would have better internet connection.12%… Eventually we just had to give up and use our own wifi which meant we could only upload it at night because it would swallow the internet for everyone here at the clinic. Two nights later we finally succeed!

So take it with a pinch of salt, we had to edit it with Windows Movie Maker and improvise an ending. We promise to improve in the next one!

Obs! We may change our channel name