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A postcard from the Galapagos

Tortuga Bay

As most of you know I’ve been in Ecuador for the last couple of weeks. Internet access has been extremely spotty, and writing time has been scarce. Right now I’m on Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands, enjoying my last week abroad, and it’s difficult to sit inside when there’s so much out there to see. When I get back I’ll resume my regular posting schedule.

The chautauqua was amazing and I’ll have a lot to say about it when I get time to sit down and work out my thoughts. In the mean time I’m going to share a few of the many hundreds of photos I’ve taken here. Click the thumbnail to view the photo in large size.

[If you’re reading by email and can’t see the photos, see them on Raptitude.com]


There’s lots more to come. I love travel but haven’t yet worked out how to keep up my writing routines while I do it. Still, I think it’s been a welcome break.

See you soon.



All photos by David Cain

Cait Flanders September 3, 2014 at 9:40 am

So nice to see some photos from your trip, David! Now, stay offline. There’s much to see and not enough time to see it. The online world and your readers will still be here, when you get back. :)

David Cain September 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Great advice! Thank you Cait.

30 Something Dude September 7, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I’d rather you get back to blogging. I’m rather selfish and can’t wait for your next detailed post

Randy Hendrix September 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I’m with you Dude…

Max September 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

Beautiful photos! Keep us updated.

interestingreadinglist September 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

Hi David

looks like a great trip and I’m sure has given you lots of inspiration for writing. From what I gather galapagos islands are breathakingly beautiful. Blogs like blogspot have a schedule feature so you can continue to post whilst away if you schedule in advance, however real life of course comes first and there is no harm in taking a break. Great photos btw.


David Cain September 3, 2014 at 8:24 pm

There is a schedule function in WordPress too but it requires that you write a bunch of posts ahead of time, which is something I’ve never done. In any case I think it has been good to take a break.

Randy Hendrix September 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Wow! Amazing photos, David…thanks for sharing!

taka September 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Hey, I’m there right now! I was in a restaurant opposite the fish market when I read your post – what an amazing place that is. I’m there for an hour every morning, watching the animals hustling for scraps, it never gets boring :-D

David Cain September 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Oh wow! Right after I posted this I went down there and took pictures of the sea lion and pelicans fighting for fish bits. I may have been right near you as you read this! Do you live here or are you visiting?

taka September 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Just visiting. I was on a cruise last week, which was amazing, and I’m here for 2 more weeks, bouncing around the islands. It was supposed to be only a week, but something came up and I had to extend – bummer :-D

The chautauqua sounds cool. I spend a lot of time on the road, working online (software developer), and one of the most beneficial things of the life-style is that I have to time to read a lot, and just as importantly, think. Not quite a chautauqua, but it’s certainly an on-going, rolling process of investigation and discovery and growth.

Sandra Pawula September 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm

How special! I’m glad you are enjoying yourself. The photos say so much.

Gael Blanchemain September 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Thanks for the pictures, they let me enjoy your vacation, vicariously.

David Cain September 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Much more to come!

Alex September 4, 2014 at 4:16 am

Amazing! Great Photos, thanks for sharing.

Note: There are a LOT of giant arse bugs and things in the Galapagos ;)

Free to Pursue September 4, 2014 at 6:40 am

I hear you about spotty internet connections. They weren’t reliable in Zimbabwe either ;) but what a nice reason to take a break from the online world. A break is a great thing. I think it boosts creativity and your readers will reap the rewards.

Enjoy the rest of your amazing trip.

BTW: I love the photo gallery and can’t wait for more!

StephInIndy September 4, 2014 at 7:36 am

thanks for the postcard and photos! love seeing them and all those butterflies :)
enjoy it to the last…

Kim Lianne September 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

Hey David,
These are some fantastic pictures! I’m looking forward to visiting with you again and seeing more. The butterflies relaxing on you and your backpack make for a great shot too–love it (I have morpho envy lol). Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your adventure! Big hugs from us. :)

Leigh Shulman September 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

Wow. What a beach! And sometimes, no internet is a blessing. :)

Christine September 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

Thanks for sharing, now go enjoy more beauty <3

Tom September 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Tortuga Beach! Beautiful. We went to the Chautauqua last year, and followed that with a trip to the galapagos. It was truly life-changing. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Cheryl does such an amazing job putting it on. And if you’re already in Ecuador then you almost have to go see the Galapagos.

Mike September 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Great photos David…

Its good to for the soul to travel…

Come visit Australia?

Rob Alberts September 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

I am impressed.

Kind regards,

George September 13, 2014 at 12:46 am

David, you had a post a while back on “waking up to the moment”, looking around as if you had just “appeared” here and checking your memories and so on, but I can’t find it. Could you point me in its direction? (Came up in conversation, as many of your posts do!) Thanks!

Giulia Blocal September 14, 2014 at 5:46 am

beautiful pictures! :)
looking forward to read your travel stories!

Jessie September 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

Nice postcards of Galapagos! I miss someone sending me postcards, it’s just that they will just upload photos online. I just miss the touchy feeling and collection of postcards.

Bucky Barnes Jacket November 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

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