China

BEIJING TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE is a very important historical and political location, but more about where Chairman Mao is buried, not for the stand against the tanks. That incident is not mentioned anywhere. FORBIDDEN CITY The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420…

Galapagos Islands

FRIDAY Wake up call was at 4:15am. Ugh. The group stood outside of the hotel’s restaurant at 5:00am while the staff worked furiously to open the doors. They couldn’t find the keys so they worked on dismantling the lock. Fortunately we all ended up well fed before our ride to the airport. Our flight is…

Ecuador

TUESDAY We arrive in Ecuador at 3:00am and breeze through customs, meeting our tour guide, Henry and his trainee Carla. We are told by Henry that Quito is under a Yellow Alert because of the activity of Volcano Cotopaxi. Good to knoW. WEDNESDAY Slept great Tuesday night! Finally, some rest. We went on a tour…