DISPATCHES

Turning to tourism (trailer)

April 19th, 2012

by Julia Wall, videographer

On Friday around 12:30 pm, we arrived on San Cristóbal, warmly welcomed by our awesome friend Courtney and our smelly, gargling new friends, the sea lions. We were all ready to get going when we met our translators and set out to get started on our stories. I could not have asked for a better partner on this story than my translator, Ivan.

By Friday evening he had us set to go diving with my subject, Angel Quimi, on Saturday morning. So my first full day on San Cristóbal was spent traveling to and around Kicker Rock and diving with my subject, Angel Quimi, my translator Ivan, and another dive guide from Spain, Oscar. We saw sea turtles, hammerheads, white tips, infinite amounts little fishes with sparkling spots on them, moray eels, sea cucumbers and sea stars, to name a few. Angel graciously welcomed Ivan and me into his business, and before we knew it we were all kickin’ it on the water with him and his business partner and his business partner’s family, as well as a few tourists.

Despite the fear of being swept away from one side of Kicker Rock in a freezing current and getting several horse fly bites from the beach where we stopped to eat lunch, I had the time of my life and got tons of footage (on a boat, on land and underwater) on my first full day here. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to this trip.

Fingers crossed things continue to work out with my story, and everyone else’s for that matter. We’re all going to kick butt and get great stories produced before we leave, I just know it. So look out world! We’re on our way.