Going to the galapagos? Send me a post card or bring one to me and I´ll buy you a beer!
I´m a bartender in Quito. Usually how thing go when I meet people travelling here is that after a few beers people start asking me about where to book tours, about Ecuador in general, and tons of questions about the Galapagos. I usually have one or two people who I know that I can refer them to and things tend to fall in place. The downside to this situation is that I never hear from them about how the trip went! It´s a little disappointing and sometimes adds to the never-ending cycle of people coming and going. I go home tired sometimes.
Another thing that wears on me is all the people I know telling me why their services, prices, etc are better than others. Give me a break, I spent years working for some of the best in the business in the states and have done a ton of research about how things work here.. I can use my own judgement, thank you very much!
Truth be told, I´m in it for the stories. A great night at Uncle Ho´s, the place where I work, consists of travellers coming in a spending the night going over their travels and good times. Last night was one of those night with a guy who drove here from Venezuela hanging out for a few hours and talking about his journey.
Today, while thinking about the state of things and about my post a few days ago about the post office on Floreana where people leave postcards for others to deliver at the end of their trip, I came up with an idea to cure the blues of never hearing from friends met travelling here..
I´m starting a campaign for postcards from the post office on Floreana. I´m looking for stories of people trips there.. Write me about the boats, the islands, the wildlife, a great place to eat, a rare find, or a person or company that has made the difference in your trip. Leave the postcard at the post office and take a picture of it there..
If your there and see one addressed to me, bring it to me in Quito and I´ll put the message on this blog in a weekly report.. A sort of up for grabs review for those coming in the future.
Before you fly home when you are in Quito come to Uncle Ho´s in the Mariscal and show me the picture or bring me a post card and I´ll buy you a beer.. It´s that simple! It will be good to hear about your trip and to meet some new people travelling here..
If you’re palnning a trip to the Galapagos or are going soon, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I´ll send you the address for the postcards or let you know when I´m working.. Hope to hear from you!
(For arguments sake I´m going to limit this to ten people a week as my backpackers budget can´t take much more!)
Click on the Postcard for more info about sending a postcard to the Kids at Project DCR!