By far one of the BEST parts of having this blog is meeting new friends. It's so, so lovely when that happens-when our lives cross and connect with someone new. (Gosh, just thinking about this makes my heart feel so huge. Sending love to all of you that we've been privileged to meet! Thank you for being in our lives! xoxo)
Just after Hurricane Sandy, we got to begin a friendship with a wonderful woman, Melissa Hope. She came with us weekend after weekend to do relief clean-up in homes.
And now we are together in the Galapagos, sitting on a deck with sea lions lounging nearby!
This feels too good to be true.
To sit here and chat and laugh and converse with complete ease is such a joy. Friends really are some of the best things on earth. Oh, to feel love and approval and kindness. It truly is the best.
Earlier, while walking on a deliciously fragrant path through some lush terrain (with lots of finches!), we made our way to Tortuga Bay, which to our complete surprise turned out to be one of the most stunning beaches any of us had ever seen! As we walked and chatted, Melissa was asking me about friendships growing up. I had amazing friends (best friends!) in elementary school and junior high. I still think about them so fondly. Though when I went to high school, sadly I didn't have such a tight group of friends. I did work a lot after school and on weekends, though I'm not sure if that was fully the issue. Mostly, I remember feeling a little different compared to many of my peers - my head was wrapped up in making plans and saving money to move to the east coast for school. And, I feel lucky to say that my best friend was my sister.
In college, I had boyfriend, I was working full time, and I was going to school full time during nights and weekends. So yes, I was as busy as can be. And sadly, my life still did not include a lot of experiences with friends.
But when I moved to NYC at age 23, my world changed. I was completely in my element there and felt SURROUNDED by people with whom I could chat with for hours about all kinds of subjects. I'm always asked what it is I like the most about NYC - and it is 1000% the people. I can't even describe how enriching and meaningful those friendships have been - and continue to be.
I'm glad we could celebrate friendship here in the Galapagos this week. And, I must say, we have been spoiled rotten here! Danny and I had been wanting to check out Red Mangrove, a property on the island that we had heard about. And since many people do ask us where to stay here in Ecuador, Red Mangrove so kindly offered to provide a stay for all of us for a couple of nights so we could experience the property! SO, SO nice. A Note to Travelers: Red Mangrove likely has some of the most charming rooms and views in the islands. And they specialize in all-inclusive land and boat tours, which we have heard are quite good (they are our travel agent's top pick for tours). And, they have some of the best animal watching from their deck! You absolutely must order ceviche for lunch and sit and enjoy the sea lions, crabs, iguanas, and birds.
Our lovely room:
P.S. A fun note: to this day, Danny is still best friends with his friends from high school!