Being “censored” on the Galapagos..only me could manage this!

2 Dec

So there I was fulfilling a lifelong dream to be in the Galapagos.

Travelling around these amazing islands, soaking up the wildlife, swimming with sea lions almost touching my nose, swimming with tortoises, having sting rays passing through my legs, photographing (yes over a hundred photos of these guys) the dinosaur like iguanas… cruise finished and I thought I’d head to the largest island in the Galapagos group…Isabella Island…it all started off quite well…well the boat trip over was hellish to be honest…2 hours of having every bone in my body shaken to oblivion..but that was soon forgotten when I checked into a little family run hostel with a kid running around saying “papi” and went out on the town…still all was well…there was a fiesta on…to celebrate recycling…this came with music and free food on an enormous bbq for all, even tourists….so a nice night…

The next day I headed off to Cerro Negra the volcano…saw the world’s second largest caldera, walked for hours with wonderful views of the rest of the island…my goodness what a barren fresh water and no roads for all 180 km of it..returned to the hostel about 5…went out..sourced some Galapagos oranges to eat…at 4 for 50 cents they were the cheapest food on the island…decided to wait a little later to buy a beer…so chilled for a bit…reflected on the day…thought about the cute sea lions again…and then decided at about 7 that it was beer o’clock…so headed out…first shop told me that they couldn’t sell beer…it was against the law….thought this required further investigation…second shop said the same….man from the laundrette said the same….third shop..ditto…fourth shop…beer fridge emptied to save on pain….try a restaurant I thought…resto across from hostel selling parilla for $4.50…not bad for the Galapagos…try to order beer with meal…forbidden…

What was going on?

I wonder sometimes how I manage it…being in paradise…wildlife second to none…so much to explore…but hey ho…managed to plan my trip to the Galaps right when the day of the 10 yearly, yes 10 yearly, census falls…and what’s more the president decided that this year everyone had to stay in their homes between 7am and 5 pm while the census was being done. Of course i thought this would only apply to could it apply to silly tourists…but apply it did as the local police confirmed to me in consultation with the “census officer”.

Of course, I did try to slip out of the hostel just to get some air on the street outside…Puerto Villamil on the Galaps has a handful of people in it..but all day the police patrolled up and down the dirt streets and made sure that no one “censored” broke the census rules…what a day…a fellow tourist attempted a walk to the “wall of tears” (a wall built by convicts who were the previous wildlife on the Galaps) only to be frogmarched back to his hostel…it was a long day and without even a slight hangover to get over….still only a one in a million chance that I will make the same mistake again in ten years’ time!


5 Responses to “Being “censored” on the Galapagos..only me could manage this!”

  1. Gus and Eileen Paterson December 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Hi Angie, how nice to go to an island named after your mother, that must be something to brag about and how dare the police stop you from celebrating that fact, you should have pointed that out to them, on reflection probably better to do what you did.
    Keep up the blogs, very interesting, hope your mum is forwarding you photo’s of what you are missing in Scotland at the moment, your dad has become the local expert at getting cars moving again that have become stuck in the snow – the weather is terrible about 3′ of snow lying, the Council is just not gritting the roads or pavements, God help the elderly that have no one to assist.
    Take care, hope you got your beer lots of love from Eileen and Gus xx

    • angiemain December 4, 2010 at 12:39 am #

      hey hey hey
      lovely to hear from u! how are u doing? what weather in scotland. sounds awful to me!!!! now reached new zealand at last!!! trying to sort some stuff out. is christine in auckland? Angiex

  2. aurelie December 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    lol, jajaja , incredible !

    • angiemain December 5, 2010 at 6:18 am #

      How unlucky was that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Gus and Eileen Paterson December 8, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Have you got in touch with Christine yet?? she said she has emailed you.
    We are still freezing over here -17 last night, oh joy.
    Take care – I didn’t get your reply until today -8th I seem to open at the wrong place all the time – it’s an age thing, I haven’t a clue at my age.
    Cheers for now, lots of love from Eileen and Gus xx

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