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Off to the Galapagos!
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Exploring Espanola IslandExploring Espanola Island (Kassi Miller)
Today, we rise at a reasonable hour and wander down to the hotel restaurant. I can't believe how cute Hotel Eugenia is. It's only 4 floors and everything is done in a colonial style. The breakfast area is bright and cheery and the coffee comes quickly, which is a must! We dine on fresh fruit and eggs and chat with the other people in our vicinity. We find out they will be on the same boat as us in the Galapagos, the Millennium. A little while later, our driver comes to pick us up and take us to the airport. We get to know each other a little better as we fly over the bright blue ocean. Upon arriving at the airport, we are hit with a blast of hot air. I'm glad that I wore shorts! We are funneled through customs, where we pay the National Park Entrance Fee. We see a woman holding a sign saying "Millennium" and go over to chat with her. She is Vicky, our naturalist. It seems like it takes forever to get our bags, but eventually the 16 of us are all ready to go. We load into the bus for a quick trip to the docks, where the Millennium awaits us. We are greeted with a welcome cocktail and a wonderful lunch. So much fresh fruit and seafood. I'm in heaven! After everyone is fed and settled in, we are allowed to go ashore on San Cristobal to explore the town. It rains on us, but we have fun looking at the thousands of sea lions laying on the beach.

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