Today was a nice, chiiiiiiill end to a tough (🥵) week. We started off by having a relaxing morning having breakfast at Don Carlos’. We had scrambled eggs, fruit salad, fresh bread & some deliciouuus passion fruit juice!!! YES. After our bellies were full of nutritious & delicious food- we hopped on a bus & zoomed over to visit Saiananda, a hotel/ sanctuary/ botanical garden/ exotic bird breeding place/ home of Miguelito (the super chiiiiiiiiiiiiill tortoise). We took some really sick pics with the tortoise as he aggressively chewed his grass and stared us down. It was such an amazing experience being able to observe an animal so large and majestic up close. 👀
After a long hunt, we finally found Don Perez – the sloth who was chilling on a bookshelf. After sticking to such a strict routine for so long here in Bahía, it was so refreshing to be able to sit back & really soak in the natural beauty this place has to offer. We then headed to lunch at a nice, “slightly American” sports bar restaurant were we enjoyed our last lunch in Ecuador. One of our favorite eco club members named Cecilio headed over to H-bar to say his goodbyes. A very emotional time for our GSE group – Walker cried. 😪😪 To soothe our sadness, we strolled down the street of Bahía and bought some trinkets to take home. If you’re lucky, you might get a gift 🥳😉. We then headed back to the hostel and hung out playing cards, music & just mad chilling for a while. It was a great way to relax and enjoy our last moments of spare time together. After that, we were joined by two of the Eco Club students – and headed to the park to do our debrief of the day. Leaders Colleen and Walker led a thoughtful and emotional discussion about our time here in Ecuador and what aspects of life here that we will miss the most. After patting away our tears, we walked to the beach to enjoy the last sunset in Bahía. We were joined by more of the eco-club club students…. including Cecilio (PLOT TWIST) I bet you thought he was gone for good. We got you so good. 🤯😎😎. The sunset was absolutely beautiful, filled with lots of laughs and cute pictures. After pictures, we headed back to Don Carlos’ for a traditional Ecuadorian fish stew. We said goodbye to the Eco-club students (for REAL this time 😉) (Walker cried) (again). After a cute lil group photo & lots of genuine laughter, we headed to the park where we shared a touching closing workshop.
We exchanged favorite memories from the trip, shout-outs to specific people who made a lasting impact on each other, and did an exercise that let people know the gravity of the impact that they had on us. We love everyone here & are happy to have found a new community within our fellow travelers. This trip as a whole has been nothing but rewarding in every aspect.
P.S we both miss our phones & emojis – if you can’t tell. Thank you accompanying us on this emotional roller coaster.
See you in the AM (On Monday, LETS GOOOOOOO O)
Love, Colleen & Walker 🥳🤩🤪😚😍🥰😘😗😙😌🥵😳🤯
P.p.s. Hi mom