Elizabeth Gardner rss Galapagos Islands, Spring 2012

Born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Rose Gardner left her native environment to attend Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Once there she discovered and fell in love with her major of Therapeutic Recreation. Initially her decision to study in the Galapagos Islands was based on the two facts she knew about the Islands. One, the Islands are warm, and two, they are home to penguins, her favorite animals. Since then she has discovered dozens more reasons why she is excited to be studying in the Galapagos Islands, and can’t wait to get started.

Elizabeth's Posts

  • Galapagos – A Reflection

    Three months have passed since I’ve returned to the United States. Three months it has taken for me to finally sit down and write a final post for my blog.

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  • Last Days in the Galapagos

    The time has come at last. I can’t believe I’m finally here, suitcase sprawled open on my floor with clothes and souvenirs hanging out the sides. I can’t believe that shortly I will be leaving the Galapagos Islands.


  • Happy and Sad Times on the Island

    This week I’ve been determined to enjoy all the things I love most about the Galapagos. Or at the very least live my Galapagos life to the fullest, both with the ups and downs. And let me tell you, this week has had plenty of both.


  • The Island Hopping Chronicles Part IV: Floreana

    About three weeks after going on our incredible spring break, the university arranged for our program to go back to Santa Cruz for a week. The focus of the second trip was to attend lectures and field trips to learn more about conservation efforts in the Galapagos.


  • The Island Hopping Chronicles Part III: Isabella Continued

    The last day on Isabella we visited the historical sight, the wall of tears. Prisoners were brought to Isabella from the mainland in the mid-1900s. To keep the prisoners busy, they were forced to build a wall by hand from volcanic rock.


  • The Island Hopping Chronicles Part II: Isabella, Queen of the Galapagos

    After spending two and half days on the island with the highest population, I arrived Monday on Isabella, the island with the largest land mass and only 500 hundred people to populate the vast space. Isabella has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful islands of the Galapagos.


  • The Island Hopping Chronicles: Santa Cruz

    Last Friday concluded the most exciting spring break I have ever experienced. When I found out not only did we have spring break, but my part of my program is to travel, completely paid for, to the other Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz and Isabella, I was pretty excited.


  • Carnival

    Last weekend marked the end of an Islands wide celebration of the Galapagos, and the beginning of Carnival. For those unfamiliar with the event, Carnival is generally held in traditionally Catholic countries the week leading into Lent.

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  • In The Galapagos

    Since I’ve been in the Galapagos I think the variety of animals I’ve seen in my entire life has doubled. In one week alone I’ve seen sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, damsel fish, the list goes on and on.


  • I Actually Attend Hogwarts

    I realized today that I haven’t written about my school here. Today marks the last week I’ll be attending the main campus of University San Francisco of Quito before heading to the Galapagos. I’ve noticed since I’ve been here at USFQ the number of Harry Potter references in my life have exponentially increased.


  • The Amazon Trail

    As a field trip my class went to the Amazon. That’s right, for a field trip. I love this place. Anyway, we travelled to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, a research station built by USFQ, my university.


  • At the Center of the World

    Well, if I’m to be completely honest, the middle of the world or the equator, is actually about 16 miles away from where I’m staying in. However seeing as that about 2,298 miles closer than I usually am, I’m inclined to say I’m at least close to the la mitad del mundo.