becoming galapagonian

BECOMING GALAPAGONIAN

The visual journal kept while living abroad in the Galapagos Islands in the spring of 2010.

 

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - March 2010: Two local teams play each other in the final match of the seasonal soccer tournament during Festival Isabela.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – March 2010: Two local teams play each other in the final match of the seasonal soccer tournament during Festival Isabela, a week-long celebration of the Isla Isabela.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: Myself and my peers hike around the perimeter of one of two of the Los Gemelos (the twins) craters in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: My peers and I hike around the perimeter of one of two of the Los Gemelos (the twins) craters in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Floreana, Galapagos - March 2010: Portrait of a very fast swimming sea turtle as I swam as fast as I could behind him.

Isla Floreana, Galapagos – March 2010: Portrait of a very fast swimming sea turtle as I swam as fast as I could behind him.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: A man delivers fresh bananas to a local shop in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz. We met him while we took a midday break during a six hour hike.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: A man delivers fresh bananas to a local shop in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz. We met him while we took a midday break during a six hour hike.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: A stray cat looks out at the street while sitting in front of a local shop in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: A stray cat looks out at the street while sitting in front of a local shop in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: Wild cows scatter away from us as we completed a six-hour hike in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: Wild cows scatter away from us as we completed a six-hour hike in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: A local woman welcomes our group into her home and allows us to interview her for our anthropology course. She has lived in the Galapagos Islands her entire life.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: A local woman welcomes our group into her home and allows us to interview her for our anthropology course. She has lived in the Galapagos Islands her entire life.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: A finch, famously studied and written about by explorer Charles Darwin, lands on a branch in the backyard of Jacqueline De Roy, a living legend in the history of the Galapagos Islands.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: A finch, famously studied and written about by explorer Charles Darwin, lands on a branch in the backyard of Jacqueline De Roy, a living legend in the history of the Galapagos Islands.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos - February 2010: Myself and my peers gather amongst sugar cane plants during a hike in the highlands of Isla Isabela.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos – February 2010: My peers and I gather amongst sugar cane plants during a hike in the highlands of Isla Isabela.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - February 2010: Hostels and local bars where sand covers the floors speckle the coastline of the town of Puerto Villamil on Isla Isabela.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – February 2010: Hostels and local bars speckle the coastline of the town of Puerto Villamil on Isla Isabela. The entire town is built on sand so it is virtually impossible to keep it out of the homes and businesses.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - February 2010: A local man roasts coffee beans on his finca (farm) in the highlands of Isla Isabela.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – February 2010: A local man roasts coffee beans on his finca (farm) in the highlands of Isla Isabela.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: A giant tortoise takes a dip in a muddy pond in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: A giant tortoise takes a dip in a muddy pond in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - February 2010: The wife of a local coffee farmer pours us freshly brewed coffee in the home of their finca (farm).

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – February 2010: The wife of a local coffee farmer pours us freshly brewed coffee in the home of their finca (farm).

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - February 2010: The blue-footed booby is one of a species of bird that is native to the Galapagos Islands.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – February 2010: The blue-footed booby is one of a species of bird that is native to the Galapagos Islands.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - February 2010: The view from the balcony of my room in the hostel that my homestay family owns and operates, The Ingrit Marcarena.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – February 2010: The view from the balcony of my room in the hostel that my homestay family owns and operates, The Ingrit Marcarena.

Isla Floreana, Galapagos - March 2010: A sweeping view of the lowlands of Isla Floreana, the smallest of the Galapagos Islands in terms of population density, with a count of 200 full-time residents.

Isla Floreana, Galapagos – March 2010: A sweeping view of the lowlands of Isla Floreana, the smallest of the Galapagos Islands in terms of population density, with a count of 200 full-time residents.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - April 2010: Surfing is a way of life for many young local men living in the Galapagos Islands. There are a handful of girls who surf, too, but most Galapagonian parents do not allow their daughters to mingle with the young men on the island.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – April 2010: Surfing is a way of life for many young local men living in the Galapagos Islands. There are a handful of girls who surf, too, but most Galapagonian parents do not allow their daughters to mingle with the young men on the island.

Isla Floreana, Galapagos - March 2010: A finca (farm) in the highlands of Isla Floreana, the smallest of the Galapagos Islands in terms of population density, with a count of 200 full-time residents.

Isla Floreana, Galapagos – March 2010: A finca (farm) in the highlands of Isla Floreana, the smallest of the Galapagos Islands in terms of population density, with a count of 200 full-time residents.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos - February 2010: Due to the cold waters associated with the Humboldt Current that passes through the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos penguins thrive in the cooler water temperatures.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos – February 2010: Due to the cold waters associated with the Humboldt Current that passes through the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos penguins thrive in the cooler water temperatures.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: Myself and my peers emerge from our tents after camping in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: Myself and my peers emerge from our tents after camping in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - January 2010: Portrait of myself while snorkeling off the coast of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – January 2010: Portrait of me while snorkeling off the coast of Isla Santa Cruz.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos - February 2010: A local woman leads us during a hike in the highlands of Isla Isabela and picks fresh avocados from the trees along the way.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos – February 2010: A local woman leads us during a hike in the highlands of Isla Isabela and picks fresh avocados from the trees along the way.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - March 2010: My homestay brother, Adolfito, celebrated his third birthday during my stay with the Flor family.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – March 2010: My homestay brother, Adolfito, celebrated his third birthday during my three month stay with the Flor family.

Isla Floreana, Galapagos - March 2010: A sign in the highlands of Isla Floreana points in the directions of the beach (loberia)

Isla Floreana, Galapagos – March 2010: A sign in the highlands of Isla Floreana points in the directions of the water. Lobo translate directly from Spanish to English as wolf but is used to refer to sea lions as well. The signs references a dock where many sea lions sun bathe regularly.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos - March 2010: Residents from each island in the Galapagos travel to Isla Isabela to celebrate in a week of festivities organized for Festival Isabela, including a makeshift rodeo style event held in the highlands of Isla Isabela.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos – March 2010: Residents from each island in the Galapagos travel to Isla Isabela to celebrate in a week of festivities organized for Festival Isabela, including a makeshift rodeo style event held in the highlands of Isla Isabela.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - March 2010: A local friend named Mario competes in (and wins) a horse racing event during the week long Festival Isabela on Isla Isabela.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – March 2010: A local friend named Mario competes in (and wins) a horse racing event during the week-long Festival Isabela on Isla Isabela.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - March 2010: There are many small rock formations that dot the entirety of the Galapagos territory as it sits just east of an area of major volcanic activity.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – March 2010: There are many small rock formations that dot the entirety of the Galapagos territory as it sits just east of an area of major volcanic activity.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - February 2010: The streets of the town of Puerto Villamil on Isla Isabela are madde purely of fine sand and thus hold a great amount of the water that comes down every time it rains causing minor flooding and providing excellent conditions for mudding, or riding our bikes through the muddy water as fast as we could.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – February 2010: The streets of the town of Puerto Villamil on Isla Isabela are made of sand and thus hold a great amount of the water every time it rains causing minor flooding and providing excellent conditions for mudding, or riding our bikes through the muddy water as fast as we could.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos - March 2010: A school of fish swims below me as we snorkel off the coast of Isla Santa Cruz during our spring break.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos – March 2010: A school of fish swims below me as we snorkel off the coast of Isla Santa Cruz during our spring break.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos - March 2010: A local fisherman sets out our bait on our way to a deep sea fishing excursion for our marine conservation course.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos – March 2010: A local fisherman sets out our bait on our way to a deep sea fishing excursion for our marine conservation course. Many local fisherman fight for their livelihoods with conservationists even though many of them are fishing within environmental guidelines. They have just as much, if not more, interest in protecting the future of the Galapagos Islands.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos - March 2010: My peer Sarah rides a horse ahead of me while on a camping trip along the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano in the highlands of Isla Isabela.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos – March 2010: My friend and peer Sarah rides a horse ahead of me while on a camping trip along the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano in the highlands of Isla Isabela.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos - April 2010: The living room of the home of my homestay family, The Flors.

Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos – April 2010: The living room of the home of my homestay family, The Flors. The hosted me for entirety of my three month stay in the Galapagos Islands and I still miss them to this day. Communication with many families on the island is hard because older generations do not own computers or smart phones and snail mail is extremely unreliable.