I think I’ve found myself the perfect avatar:
That’s just one of the zillion pics we took in Ecuador recently, one of the billion I’ll be uploading here to this here blog of mine over the next week or so.
Ecuador? Yes – Ecuador, which is where pals and I spent the New Year holidays. No armchair-based Christmas period – drinking too much (tea with honey and lemon, of course), eating too much, and watching telly too much at home. Noooo. Not us. Not our cup of sherry.
So, why Ecuador? Well, the weather in Moscow leaves a lot to be desired around New Year, as you probably know. So said pals and I, IMHO quite logically, like to jet off somewhere very hot and very sunny. But the hot and sunny place must have a few others features, preferably in abundance, including any of the following: mountains, volcanoes, hot springs, hot lakes, ocean, islands, beaches, altitude sickness (!), and a nearby equator. Last New Year it was Indonesia – which ticked practically all those boxes. This year: Ecuador and the nearby Ecuadorian Galápagos Islands, which apparently also pack in the just-listed; especially: beautiful indigenous birds, seals, and turtles, and of course much exquisite Ecuadorial-equatorial scenery.
Good time? Check.
Unforgettable impressions? Check.
Tales to tell? Check – coming right up in a mini-series on these here blog pages.
Photos to show you? Check, as mentioned.
On the photo-front, I was helped out tons by my frequent-fellow-traveler-and-photographer, DZ, who’s been kind enough – and efficient enough – to have edited his trillion pics already. I haven’t even started mine! So for your aperitif before your multi-course feast, here are some of the highlights – exactly 100 pics, btw! – from DZ’s Ecuadorian collection. Ready? Off we pop…
Like? Then check out these too:
The wild animals on the Galápagos Islands – woah – out of this world. Must see for any self-respecting… zoologists, ornithologists, marine biologists, or herpetologists (thank you, Wikipedia!).
…All of which, of course, needs snapping:
No Photoshop here folks. Those turquoise feet are for real!
Ok. Did you enjoy your Martini? Digestive juices flowing? Just as well… Equatorial-Ecuadorian hors d’oeuvres, coming right up.