Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Oh, Hi. And Bye.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.
Galapagos 2013

Radio silence over here was not a conscience choice, but more from busyness with both family and friends during the holidays. Reality has slowly pushed its way back into my life, more forcefully than I could have ever imagined. I am happy to be home, and enjoying the comforts that it provides. I missed my weekly trip to the library, Target, hot showers, plentiful Chipotle. You know, the usual. 


But I can't help but think the last few months have been nothing more than a perfectly executed dream, one that fulfilled every happy travel moment in my life. Thankfully, I actually got to live that life but I am sad to have this feeling that it was nothing more than fleeting reality. As the new year begins, I keep asking myself if I will  ever be able to do anything that fulfilling again?  I miss walking everywhere, my 2 hours of yoga every day, working and feeling like I am actually making a difference in the world. It feels like everything I do here is so selfish, instead of selfless. Do you ever feel this way when coming back from a big trip? Or after doing something you anticipated for so long, only for it to finalize just like that? Poof, gone. 

I am still working on making my current reality just as wonderful as my life was in South America. I want the happiness and fulfillment to continue forever, but I know reality will keep getting in the way. As long as I continue my positive attitude, hopeful thoughts, and planning the next adventure, I know I will be fine.

Lastly, thank you for sharing the journey with me, but I will probably stop blogging for awhile. I realize I have nothing much to say when I am not going on grand trips. I love sharing the memories, and looking back on previous posts as if it wasn't me who got to do all this awesome stuff. But i've decided want to make 2014 more about living the best life I can, right here right now. It doesn't mean I wont share the adventures, it just means I want to  spend more time advancing me: my servant heart, my career, my family, my life. I don't know if blogging about my little adventures is the best use of my time. But know I will always be dreaming, taking pictures, and envisioning my next grand adventure.

Until the next trip....




Monday, December 23, 2013

Dreary, Lovely Seattle

After a slightly hellish journey home from the Galapagos Islands (think 13 hour layovers in both the Quito and Houston airports, plus trying to battle Thanksgiving travelers) I decided to take the quick 2 hour flight up to Seattle to visit my mom to enjoy my last few days of funemployment. To make it even better, my sister came too so we made it an entire family affair. 

We decided to spend a day in Seattle, walking around Pikes Place Market, doing a little holiday shopping, and just enjoying being in this beautiful city - even when the weather doesn't want to cooperate. 

The Seattle Famous (yet disgusting) Gum Wall
What all Nelson's do after a long day of walking around: eat and drink wine. 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Post Office Bay

At Post Office Bay since the 19th century, whalers kept a wooden barrel that served as a post office so that mail could be picked up and delivered to their destination, mainly Europe and the United States by ships on their way home. 

Cards and letters are still placed in the barrel without any postage. Visitors sift through the letters and cards in order to deliver them by hand (must be by hand) to past recipients that live near your home. We found a postcard for a family in West Hollywood and a couple in Hermosa Beach, so hopefully we will be hand-delivering them soon! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I'm on a Boat

Our boat we sailed through the Galapagos was unbelievable. A catamaran for 16 people, it was a little slice of luxury in an already unique and incredible setting. Although I was sick most the trip, I am still pinching myself at the experience of getting to sail through 4 different islands in the Galapagos. 
We deep-sea snorkeled around that giant rock on our first day. I think I had a slight obsession with it, given all the pictures I took as we drove away from it. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Galapagos Islands & Española Island

Much like the revolutionary scientific idea it’s become synonymous with, the Galapagos Islands may inspire you to think differently about the world. You can’t help but think you’ve stumbled upon an alternate universe.What’s truly special is that the creatures that call the islands home act as if humans are nothing more than slightly annoying paparazzi, and are always willing to pose for the best picture. Never before have I seen penguins, sea lions and sharks all in one day, with many of these creatures only found in the Galapagos. 

On our first full day exploring,  we visited Española Island which is one of the oldest islands at3 million years old. Sadly, this island is dying and slowly becoming a rocky, barren land with little or no vegetation. But it does have large bays, with sand that attracts a healthy number of Galapagos Sea Lions. Basically, the outside of the island is beautiful beaches, and the inside is full of bare trees. We walked around this island for over 3 hours, hiking the perimitor and saw more iguanas, crabs, sea lions, different birds, and a blow hole. Talk about bang for your buck.