The prices were really reasonable.
I'm jittery. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. I booked a round trip flight for Kevin & I for three weeks in Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands in February. I'll start the next step soon-- hunting around for a great spot to stay our first & last night. Apart from that I have a general idea of places I don't want to miss visiting-- the market in Otavalo, the Galapagos Islands, los Banos... otherwise we'll see where the winds blow us.
That's how we're arriving in Ecuador. I can't think of anywhere in the world I'm uninterested in visiting. My travels have taught me that there are dynamic people, landscapes, & surprises lurking just about anywhere. Ecuador has always been appealing. The reason we're landing there next year is thanks to a fortuitous dinner in a Vietnam port-town last year. Kevin & I had spent two days biking through the Mekong Delta. We had a night to kill in Rach Gia before catching the morning ferry to Phu Quoc island. An evening walk through town showed us that Rach Gia is a lovely town where folks live & work. Not a lot past that. We kept circling another couple, also referencing a map. It became obvious we were all looking for a good dinner. We wound up sharing a table at a family restaurant in the center of town.
The owner's little daughter played cards & charades with us while we waited for steaming bowls of Pho. Our dinner companions were a couple who had been maintaining a long-distance relationship (Houston to London). They quit their jobs & had been travelling the globe for over a year. They'd been on the Trans-Siberian railroad, taken safaris in Namibia, spent time with family in Bombay, weeks in Madagascar, & now Vietnam. I asked them their favorite places on earth. Top three? Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, & Namibia.
|Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam|
Our destination following a fortuitous conversation