honeymoon land!

Well hello hello after the epic festival of weddings! Yes, S and I have finally finished getting married multiple times in multiples manners and countries, and we are firmly in honeymoon land. The beginning of our honeymoon was fraught with difficulty - hurricanes in NYC (our first destination) followed by a storm that cut short our time there by two thirds, an unplanned visit to Miami and Atlanta, then finally, the GalΓ‘pagos Islands where we have been on a cruise all week.

The Galapagos cruise has been the REAL start of our honeymoon, we've decided - all that daily airline/travel agent/weather madness was just stressful and our time in NYC was too short to be called a holiday. (I did still manage to do a pretty good job of shopping like a crazy lady in that time though!)

Just about from the moment we boarded the cruise, our senses were just drenched in the magnificent wonders of nature that defines the Galapagos.

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On our first hike, we were surrounded by blue footed boobies (birds!), sea lions frolicking, iguanas lolling about in the fading afternoon sun, and more, all not more than 4 feet away from us. Just unbelievable, and so awe inspiring for the city girl in me.

This baby sea lion made my heart melt.

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We were also treated to a sighting of a mother sea lion, still bloody from her birth, new-born pup learning how to suckle as the mother fought off a roving bird which wanted its placenta. Watching that just filled us with wonder.

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ALL THIS ON THE FIRST DAY. Nay, THE FIRST 3 hours on board the ship.

My head exploded.

We have been deep water snorkeling - hugely exhilarating and very scary for me (I have a very deep phobia of the sea). We have seen INCREDIBLE things in the water - sharks, sea lions playing, huge shoals of fish, sting rays, penguins, giant sea turtles swimming gracefully - it was almost like we were scuba diving.

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Hikes everyday in these strange, desolate, volcano based lands where we have experienced quite possibly, the most unfettered-by-human-presence animals to have ever lived.

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Today is our last day in the Galapagos - one more hike to go before our next South American adventure. I'll be uploading more photos on my Facebook Page so check it out there!

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