After spending a week on Santa Cruz Island, the first week of a Lead Adventures 3-Week Galapagos program, we headed over to San Cristobal Island for the second week. Around 2pm we boarded a speed boat called El Sol Mar. I was wearing a jacket but it was warm, so I took it off and stashed it under my seat, along with my backpack.
When we arrived in San Cristobal 2.5 hours later, I disembarked with my purse, backpack, and suitcase, but neglected to take my jacket. By the time I ran back to get it, the boat had left the dock and the crew was tying it up for the night. Someone was sitting near the dock and I asked him, in a mixture o English and Spanish: "El Sol Mar? I left my jacket. Chaqueta."
He turned around and managed to get the attention of the Sol Mar crew, who said to wait a moment. After a while, they held up a jacket to ask if it was mine, and it was. When they were done tying up the boat, they took a water taxi back to land and handed me my jacket...to many expressions of gratitude in English and (probably not the best) Spanish. He simply assured me that it wasn't a problem.
Later, I realized that not only did they return my jacket, they also zipped it as if I had sent to a laundry service. A seemingly insignificant detail, but it really made my day. I had realized early in my trip that Ecuadorians were a friendly bunch, but I think the crew member who returned my jacket is just beyond awesome.
If anyone happens to know the crew of El Sol Mar, a speedboat in the Galapagos Islands that transfers passengers from Santa Cruz to San Cristobal, and is capable of translating this blog post into Spanish, please pass the message along.