I am a terrible planner.
I have learned never to plan travel or announce my plans because they never work out. I always change my mind or a new opportunity arises and I can’t turn it down.
That’s the way I like it.
In the last week things have changed quite a bit. I have been practicing my Spanish with the bartender/server Richard on my Galapagos cruise and was lamenting that I wish I could stay longer in the Galapagos. He told me it was easy to change my flight and my guide Juan told me there was only a small airline change fee of $16.50.
I decided I would stay one week longer.
But a few days passed and I realized I wanted to stay longer so I could relax on the island and also take some day trips. Puerto Ayora has the most inhabitants with 30,000 and both Juan and Richard told me it was very safe and they had no issue going out at night.
I decided I would stay two weeks longer.
At the airport as Juan was helping me change my ticket he asked if I wanted to stay a month and then if I wanted to leave earlier I could always just change it again.
I want to stay a month.
And because I don’t plan there was room for serendipity. Juan rents a 3 bedroom house but his last tenant just left. I had planned to stay in a hotel for $25 a night but Juan’s tenant just left so he offered it to me. I don’t need three apartments but you cannot beat a house, especially a kitchen. I could not refuse.
This is where I am living!
It comes complete with a neighbour who has a lovely dog named Loba (Spanish for wolf) who is adorably friendly. I am only a few blocks from the waterfront, produce market and a grocery store. It has only been one day but I know it’s the right thing for me right now. But already I am wondering if one month is enough.