I can honestly say that this trip was worth every penny of it. Not only did we experience so many different activities for the first time, like snorkeling, riding an airplane, or hiking up a volcano, I also made new friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. We tried so many foods that we probably wouldn't even think about trying back home. For example, guinea pig.. which by the way tasted like chicken. There were so many different species of animals that you can't find anywhere in the world. From animals of the sea, of the land, and of the sky. Not to mention, the view from the majority of the hotel rooms were pretty amazing.
It's true, there were problems in the beginning with the airplane malfunctioning, but at the end we experienced different cultures, social life, and customs from the native people of Ecuador and Galápagos island that we wouldn't even begin to understand if we stayed at home in the states.
During this trip we went to the markets of Otavalo and learned that many people are going to try to rip us off, but a few bargaining tips can go a long way. Many of us got our souvenirs at a lower price from the original price, thanks to Mr. Molfino. A fellow classmate even went to the grocery store and used his bargaining skills to lower the price of Gatorade. In which he succeeded.
Overall this whole experience was something I'm sure none of my fellow classmates will ever forget. It will be something that we will be able to remember forever by cherishing each moment we spent with each other, and remembering each memory we created.
-Alexis and Anabelle
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