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“Leon Dormido” becomes cover for Galapagos Calendar 2012

Posted by Susanna On August - 6 - 2011

Great news: My “Leon Dormido” becomes the cover for the official 2012 Galapagos Calendar of the Galapagos Conservation Trust GCT.  You can purchase it on their website and help the animals of Galapagos.

Galapagos Calendar 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Galapagos Project App for iphone, ipad & ipod

Posted by Susanna On June - 18 - 2011

I am very proud to announces that my first Apple App for iphone, ipad and ipod touch was released in the Apple Store / itunes today.
The App is called “Galapagos/The Galapagos Project” and contains 32 selected amazing wildlife and nature photos of the enchanted islands and 11 different backgrounds. You can send them or your own photos or snapshots as customized ecards to your friends. You can combine the different pictures and backgrounds in various ways. From each sale I will spent a percentage for charity to help and for raising awareness for the animals of Galapagos.

Enjoy the photos and help and please leave a great comment. Thank you!

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Galapagos News

Posted by Susanna On May - 21 - 2011

One of my winning photos became the cover of the Galapagos News Spring/Summer 2011 of the GCT Galapagos Conservation Trust.
Download the magazine as pdf here: www.galapagos.org.nz/download/16/

Leon Dormida - Sleeping sea lion at Lion Rock

Leon Dormido – Sleeping sea lion at Lion Rock

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Tortuga Bay

Posted by Susanna On October - 24 - 2010

My last day in Galapagos. These three weeks went by like nothing. I still can’t believe that I actually am on Galapagos. My childhood dream fulfilled. I’ve seen and enjoyed the enchanted islands. I dearly hope it will be possible to protect them and save this unique special spot of the world. I hope it will be possible to educate people to respect all living creatures and see them like our brothers. I hope that the guides of Galapagos will be more careful selected so that these arrogant kind of guides stay out. They just spoil the trips of the travelers.

On my last day I went with my Argentinian friends to Tortuga bay. I guess I didn’t mentioned before but if you wonder why there were so many Argentinians on Galapagos – LAN Airlines had a super cheap promotion. Only $300 there and back from Argentina inclusive tax!!! Back to Tortuga bay. Its definitely worth a visit even though you have to walk for about 40min from Puerto Ayora until you reach the beach. It is beautiful but I didn’t go into the water because it was still chilly.

In the evening I went to say Good-Bye to Santiago the tortoise and then I bought the most beautiful art to remind me on my trip of a lifetime to Galapagos. It’s unique and handmade out of potato starch and whatever else.

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Just the moon…

Posted by Susanna On October - 23 - 2010

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Muro de las Lagrimas or Wall of Tears

Posted by Susanna On October - 21 - 2010

This morning I was invited of a friend for a snorkel trip to Tintoreras. Before you actually snorkel over there you are walking a small island and there is one part where you can watch sleeping white tip sharks from above. Normally most sharks need to be in constant move to breathe but at this spot they are protected and the current is still strong enough so they can rest without moving. Of course every now and then they swim but in between they sleep. I have never seen something like that before. Then I went snorkeling and I don’t have to say it again but – it is freezing in Galapagos waters. I saw schools of surgeon fish, turtles and finally I swam and played with a curious sea lion for about 20min and took some great videos of it what I will post as soon as I have the possibility to edit…

Tintoreras

On Isabella there is that part of an unfinished building called Muro de las Lagrimas or Wall of Tears. According to the  history, the wall was built by prisoners for prisoners. They were supposed to build their own jail. They say hundreds of prisoners built on that wall only watched by a few police men. The prison was never finished and the portion that was built took four years to build. Now it stays there in the wild landscape of Isabela as a silent reminder of the other site of Galapagos history that reminds you that there is more than the beautiful wildlife. The Wall of Tears is an impressive wall made out of hundreds of lava stones.

Muro de las Lagrimas / Wall of tears

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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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A dream comes true

Posted by admin On May - 30 - 2010

After three weeks of voting competition today ends the contest for the trip of a lifetime to Galapagos. I attended and became one of the finalists. So for three weeks I ask as much as I could friends and people around the world to vote me to the top. To be inspired by my dream. This three weeks became intense since it was hard work to get in contact with people all over the world through all timezones. But it was more than worth it – I met brilliant people and got new friends and supporters. I am very very happy to have you my friends. I finally won! I can’t explain how it felt – but it felt great! So therefore this Galapagos project is dedicated to all my friends and supporters from all over the world who believed in me and my dream and who encouraged me the three weeks to keep going. Thank you!

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