In 2003, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) invited me to visit the opening of a new college campus on San Cristobal Island – in the Galapagos!
I didn't waste any time in booking the flight to Quito, Ecuador, to meet the staff who were developing the facility and study program.
Although the rooms were not yet open to the public, they sent me anyway, and I was among the very first to stay at the new campus.
What I found was way beyond my expectations – a new college campus built directly in front of a world-class surfing beach!
Below are a few photos taken in 2003 when the original community college opened to offer students on the island an opportunity to study locally.
Evolution in theory and practice
Having the opportunity to visit this amazing place, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, was a truly life-changing experience. Iguanas swimming in the sea, seals of many different types, colors, shapes and sizes, the incredible variety of birdlife, dolphins, sharks and giant tortoises all combine to make this one of the most incredible places on Earth.
I called home to the US from a payphone right on the beach, and agreed to sell my stake in our surfing school in Hawaii to my business partner. With that cash, I was free to attend graduate school and begin to realize my dream of starting the Study Abroad Journal.
The landscape at San Cristobal
Around San Cristobal
Thank you for visiting my Galapagos photo journal page.
Steven A. Martin