We were about to leave the continent for the Caribbean, but Colombia wasn’t finished with us yet. Joyce had been generous and patient with me as I pouted and limped through our final hours in Bogotá. My dark cloud threatened to rain when our final pass through the post office for general delivery produced no letter from my boyfriend. That was ominous and my heart felt heavy as we rode in the taxi to the airport.
A funny thing happened on the way to my second book. After publishing Wordstruck! last December, I shifted the focus of my column from words and language to travel and culture, intending to write articles covering forty years of travel. The first three pieces were memorable experiences and cautionary tales, from my Mendocino College travel/study programs: “Stereotypes in Stereo” (Italy), “Travelers’ Boot Camp” (Mexico), and “Road Hazards and Street Smarts” (Ecuador).
Before we leave the Galápagos Islands and return to Guayaquil, I would like to share with you more about those massive reptiles for which the islands are named. Joyce and I visited the Charles Darwin Research Center where Galápagos tortoises are bred and reared, and it was there that I met Lonesome George for the first time. He was in his mid-sixties, still in his prime but, despite dedicated attempts at match-making during his forty years at the Center, he remained “lonesome”.
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