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Kin Kin and Casa Amarilla

Posted by Susanna On December - 8 - 2010

Today I left Casa Amarilla and therefore it is time to at least introduce that beautiful place in the mountains. The place is owned by Jorge and his lovely wife and daughter. The lady is a great cook – I loved her Ecuadorian food (Mostly I don’t like it in Ecuador.). It is small but so cozy that you don’t want to leave. The view is great over Baños. You better reach it with horse because hiking up with backpacks might be a just too much of a mission. The garden is lovely – so many different flowers and butterflies. But best of all at this place you can watch birds like hummingbirds and the kin kin! It is difficult to take pictures of them but I took a few…

Casa Amarilla

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Casa Rosada at Isla Isabela

Posted by Susanna On October - 18 - 2010

Around 2:00pm I left Santa Cruz with a the small ferry “Gaby” to Isla Isabela. I had herd so many beautiful things about this place so I needed to see it. And I needed a break and time to relax. Through the internet I had met Claudia while researching information about Galapagos. She is the previous owner of Casa Rosada, the pink house directly on the beach with own marine iguana colony. I previously had ask the new owner Felipe how far the Casa might be from the marina. Since he had told me its close I didn’t take a taxi what was a mistake because the place is the last house on the beach. Eventually I made it. And immediately I met Tyson the maybe biggest iguana I’ve seen… He looked massive especially when lying in between all these small iguanas. The Casa is nice and  my room had even ocean view.

Casa Rosada

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Galapagos here I come…

Posted by Susanna On October - 5 - 2010

This day started with a short night. Sleeping in the Mercure Hotel in Quito was kind of unpleasant. The bathroom was dirty but I didn’t mind. I found hairs of previous guests. But I was angry after I had washed my hair and the hairdryer was not working properly. Calling the reception and asking for a new one seemed to be difficult. Even more they suggested me to bring one in the morning – but my hair was wet – NOW. Finally I got a hairdryer and also only three more hours of sleep. When I woke up some coins felt out of my pockets and while I was reaching for them I found something else – a used sock what was not mine! This actually never had happened to me before. Not even to mention that the organization of my trip was very unorganized! I didn’t even received the welcome letter with the trip itinerary. So I had missed the meeting with one guide what was the previous evening.
Well in the end we arrived at the airport and around noon in Galapagos.
Galapagos. Finally my dream become true of the islands known to be the Garden Eden and the island where Charles Darwin came up with his evolution theory.
I had done so much to fulfill that dream that it seemed surreal sitting in the plane to it. While checking in at customs I even felt sort of sentimental and had to swallow to not cry because of happiness. At the airport of Baltra our guide Fabian (Yes same name as the other Fabian in Quito.) picked the group up and brought us all to the little harbor where our boat San José was waiting for us. I got lucky and got the best cabin what was behind the bridge of the boat at the upper level – room 5. That day we had lunch on the boat and went with the little dingy boats for a cruise at Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) at the mangroves to spot the first animals…. We saw three species of mangrove, red, white and black and all can be found here. Galapagos was what I thought about it. You just need to be awake and look out and you will see so many animals. On the way to turtle bay the boat was surrounded by flying fregatte birds everywhere. We observed several birds like brown pelicans and noddies who simply wait until the pelican catches some fish and then steal it. Funny to watch these naughty birds! Then we watched mating turtles and white tip reef sharks. I still had to pinch myself to realize that I was there… But I am!

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Leaving Crystal Lodge

Posted by admin On October - 13 - 2009
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Coron Island

Posted by admin On October - 11 - 2009

For me the most amazing place in the Philippines are the Palawan Islands. I stayed in Coron town and the people are simply lovely. The town is small and quite and I picked a typical Filipino house on stilts to stay – the Crystal Lodge. You really sleep in one of the houses over the water what has it typical charm… I loved it.
The family was great and one day I bought a tuna to do Sashimi and I had so much that I could share. The family invited me and gave me some mangrove crab instead and we laughed a lot… Will always remember that night.
Another day I shared a boat cruise with two french travelers I met. The cruise was around Coron Island and to the Kayangan Lake. we had several stops and in between it even started raining. Since I was already spoiled with Palau no much could impress me anymore in the Philippines. Then I saw the view of the top of the hill on the hike to Kayangan Lake and I have to admit  – it is amazing. This was worth climbing up. It put me a little off that even after paying the boat trip you had to pay for each spot they brought you and you get off the boat extra. Always keep that in mind. The lake was the most expensive place but the most worth it as well. Some of the spots are just nothing special. Just other beaches. I prefer then rather to stay longer at one beach than cruising to several ones and having not enough time to enjoy.

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Afternoon in paradies

Posted by admin On November - 13 - 2008

Banyan Tree Hotel level 58

Posted by admin On March - 12 - 2007

Next day Andy had a surprise – we change the hotels. I was a little upset because I really like the beautiful ambience. But he told me, don’t be upset… And guess what: We changed to another beautiful 5 -Star hotel called Banyan Tree Hotel.

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Dream hotel Bangkok

Posted by admin On March - 11 - 2007

The big flop!

Posted by admin On January - 29 - 2007

After hours in the bus and on the ferry I finally arrived on Ko Phangan in Thong Sala. From here I had to take a very expensive taxi to my resort. I was so looking forward to my little beachfront bungalow. But it was it big surprise or better shock: I got for my 8500baht (for 5000baht you can rent a proper bungalow for one month people later told me) I got a old shack with holes in the floor, view to the party room with pool table, no water flush at the toilet and no free shuttle service to Haad Rin. The people of the resort were the opposite of hospitality. I was so shocked that I started crying and they phoned immediately the travel agent. The girl really asked me, if I cried. “Of course!!!” I knew its not refundable but at least I wanted what they had promised me or at least a new accomodation closer to Haad Rin were the Fullmoon party will be. In the end I had only to stay this one night and next day I was supposed to get a better place closer to Haad Rin in Ban Khai.

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The Blue Lagoon at Nanuya Lailai

Posted by admin On August - 2 - 2006

Today morning I went diving at the Blue Lagoon. The dive site was called ‘Tom’s Tumb’. I’ve heard that in this area are many dead corals and it is not worth to dive there. But I really wanted to know if that is true. And yes, it was. Its was too expensive (F$ 100 for one dive) and you will see less things alive and a big graveyard for corals, everything gray and demolished. But in 18m dept I found the most beautiful Kauri shell ever. After being back for lunch I produced a coconut bracelet. The Israelis left to Naviti where I want to go the next day for going diving at the ‘Manta Ray Resort’. I phoned immediately with ‘Coconut Bay Resort’ and there were still beds available (funny: two days ago they say it was booked out). In the afternoon I went with Lisa from California to the Blue Lagoon for snorkeling. In the evening I had some Kava and played some games. Could only take a few pictures since I only had some left on my quick snap cam… Too bad my SLR had dropped into the water and didn’t work…

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