Celebrating our anniversary with a tortoise
Jon and Joan's Excellent Adventure in Ecuador
Jon and I explored the deceased tortoises’ shells and the different geometric patterns of the shell tops. Jon backed his legs into a shell and lifted himself up on all fours as a tortoise and exclaimed the shell was heavy, giving him the feeling what it would be like to wear a tortoise shell all the time.
When we arrived back at the dock, we said good byes to all our family members. It is amazing how quickly I felt I got to know them and enjoyed their company. I thought the next group couldn’t possibly be as great.
In the afternoon we met our second Millenium family, from Switzerland, the United States, Israel, Holland, Brazil, and Sweden. Together we visited the Charles Darwin Center. The baby tortoises were the most interesting because of the size. It was hard for me to get excited about the rest of the zoo animals because it was so much better to see them in the wild.
Walking back to the dock, we wandered through different art galleries. There were many temptations, but no way to get larger items safely home. I guess I prefer to live with the memories of our experience, something my aunt calls “food for the soul.” She is so right.
At dinner Jon told the four people we were sitting with that it was our 29th anniversary. Two of them congratulated Jon and shook his hand, the third shook both of ours. Jon laughed and asked why they weren’t congratulating me, and one said in surprise, “Oh, you’re married to her?” We all had a big laugh but I am still not sure if they misunderstood what he said or if they thought Jon had left his wife at home and brought his girlfriend along.
When I get home from this trip, one thing I plan on doing is to learn Spanish. At our table, Peter spoke three languages, Uri and Bridget spoke four languages, and Martin spoke six languages (he is also a language teacher). Jon and I speak one language. My experience on this trip has been amazing, but it is also eye opening. I feel I bring my experience to a different level if I could carry on a conversation in Spanish. Bridget told me that just before this trip she had gone to language school for five weeks in Cuenca and now speaks conversational Spanish. It is definitely something I would like to try.