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Espanola
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The MillenniumThe Millennium (Kassi Miller)
Today, we awake to a new location. We motored during the night and are now at Española Island. After a breakfast buffet of eggs, bacon, potatoes, cereals, and many different fruits, we gather our things and get ready to head to Española Island.

We divide into two groups and are carefully loaded into the panga. I'm surprised at how easy it is for us to load and unload. There is always someone on the other side with an outstretched hand, waiting to help us on and off. On the island, we see hundreds of sea lions and marine iguanas. After about two hours on the island with our guide, we return to the Millennium. We relax a little before lunch and talk about what we've seen.

After lunch, it's snorkel time! Once in the water, I immediately spot a sea turtle and begin following it. He leisurely glides through the water, untroubled by my presence. A few minutes later, I look up, only to realize that I'm VERY far from the rest of the group. I pout a little as a I swim back to the group, but my mood is lifted as I realize they are following a group of white-tipped reef sharks! Very cool!

We are ravenous for dinner and are happy to see fresh shrimp, a delicious avocado salad and more food than we can possibly eat. Our bartender, Teo, serves up caipirinhas with dinner. The caipirinha is the official drink of Brazil and is made with cachaça, sugar and lime. They remind me of mojitos a little.

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