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Monthly Archive for August, 2008

Recent Mariner

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Cruise Begins!

Low expectations – Aboard the Isabela II – Daily activities – Haunted ship – A bad spiritual experience – Cruises are great!

My expectations were very low for the first cruise I have taken. Being stuck in a metal can on the high seas with no avenue of escape was not my idea of fun, and with Neena being prone to seasickness both of us were quite apprehensive about our sea voyage. Since one can see certain islands in the Galapagos only by ship we were forced into making a booking for a five day cruise.

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A Scientific pilgrimage

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Genovesa

Pilgrimages – Tombs and events – Darwin’s heritage – A laboratory

The religious world is peppered by pilgrimages. Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela for the Catholics, the Haj for Muslims, Varanasi, Vaishno Devi, Tirupati for the Hindus, Bodh Gaya for the Buddhists. A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith. The sites tend to be either a tomb of a saint that furthered the cause of the religion or a place where an event of great significance happened.

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Into the Ocean

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At Tortuga Bay

An old friend – Mass of Penguins – But lo! – Big wet doggies

Most of my life I have lived by the ocean and my relationship with it is that of a comfortable old friend. In fact I think I am a little too comfortable with it since I have nearly forgotten how quickly its moods change and how dangerous it can suddenly become. Leave a calm lagoon and fast currents can ensnare a swimmer, leave the lee of an island and the waves can suddenly mount to swamping behemoths. All this I know in theory but the ocean has never frightened me and always brought things of wonder to my attention.

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Bella Isabela

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Santa Cruz

Visiting Galapagos – Isabela – Penguins and Marine turtles – Puerto Ayora (Map this!)

When we realized how expensive Galapagos was going to be we made a crucial decision to stay in Galapagos as long as possible, since it is unlikely we will be able to return. So we booked ourselves on a short 5 day cruise to the farthest islands and decided to explore the closer ones ourselves. This is how we found ourselves in Isabela.

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Evolving Galapagos

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Santa Cruz

Just a theory – Amazing beasts – No fear – Moving eggs

One cannot think about the Galapagos without thinking about science and the name Charles Darwin. It was the unusual life forms found here that proved critical to the formulation of the Theory of Evolution.

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