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Painting Murals In Puerto Ayora & Seymour Island

Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2016


Location: Seymour Island and Puerto Ayora
Author: Orlando M.

Today we woke up early, ready to improve The Galapagos Islands by any means possible. We were filled with exhaustion, which flowed through our veins, thick and heavy. However, a hearty breakfast raised everyones spirits. After that came the group planning session. Here, we pre-planned what we were going to paint, and put forth ideas about what we thought of what the murals should consist. Finally, we agreed upon the two most artistic ones ideas: Hugo and Soo. Hugos plan had a woman in the Galapagos holding a flower to symbolize peace and nature. The background contained images from both under water and over ground to incorporate the Galapagos natural beauty. Soos design included a woman holding up the sun in her hands, her hair flowing blue to become the ocean, symbolizing female empowerment. The first thing we did was refresh the old murals, which were losing their paint.
Meanwhile, Hugo and Soo started the outlines of our own murals with pencils. After that, I started painting in the areas that Hugo had outlined. The groups split with most of the good artists with Soo. Unfortunately, this definitely showed on the final result. Throughout our painting, we faced many challenges though; for example, our iguanas did not go to plan multiple times so we had to paint over them multiple times. In the end, Daisy drew crabs on our rocks instead which turned out very well. Our lunch was a delicious: pizza! Which, of course, left the boys hungry for more? Luckily, Devin pulled through later in the day bringing us snacks and supplies throughout the afternoon. He was running around town non-stop and was a huge help to us all.
While half of our group painted murals, the other half was on a day excursion to Seymour Island. They went on a hike and saw frigate birds, blue footed boobies, sea lions and they went snorkeling and saw trigger fish, parrot fish, sea urchins, turtles, manta rays and more!
I personally felt very much encouraged by the ladies who were staying in that retirement center. In the end, they thanked us for our work with grateful smiles. In the end, we left the center at around 6 p.m. and had a quick turn-around for dinner. As team leader, I initiated a vote for the group to see whether people wanted to go to a nicer restaurant and pay extra money or go to a cheaper one. Famished, we all chose the nicer restaurant. Once there, I managed to convince a waiter to piece together an 18-person table and found a small round one for Rob, Devin and Skylar.
Rob then gave me the money for the meal and I managed to bargain with the waiter, Diego, to get free lemonade for the whole table. He was a kind young Ecuadorian who lived in The Galapagos since he was born. After the delicious meal, we all set off back to the hotel and were very ready for bed after a long tiring day.

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