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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center December 31st 2013

To the tune Row, row, row your boat; ¨Tell me what you do, early in the morning. Everyday I brush my teeth, early in the morning.¨ Easy one, the songs and chants for kids module of the teaching english course last May in Seville. It took us about five minutes to make the song and then we could have sung for half an hour about morning routines: ¨Everyday I wake up, I take a shower, I´m getting dressed, I have some bread, I brush my teeth, I pack my bag, I hug my mom, I go to school… early in the morning.¨ While singing we could mimic the activities that we were mentioning. Yeah, we were sure: this was going to be a hit for the kids. My new three to five year old friends from ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 21st 2013

from the things ricardo tells me, just like mumbai and to some extent new york city, quito has it's manicured gardens, doormen, swank cafés, but there are parts of the city where none of this exists. it's where the doormen might live. ricardo tells me it would be dangerous for me to walk around there at night. my skin color, hair color, eye color---or to put it more simply, my race make me a target to some people. i feel this whole issue is loaded with racist thinking. perhaps i feel uncomfortable with the white privilege i've inherited. what responsibilities do i have or what injustice do i avoid looking at? questions, questions. i spend much of yesterday, friday the 20th, just learning how to navigate quito. mariscal sucre is walkable from where i'm staying, avenida ... read more
like no other store in the world
a little beautiful...
part tree, part human

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 20th 2013

is this starbucks i see before me? no. it's sweet & coffee. an exact duplicate, south american style, of the north american mega franchise. and they have free wifi, too! well, this is day two of my stay in quito and i have some 'splainin' to do since i have been quite here for a few days. the airport in quito is brand new. planes only started landing here in february of this year. not a speck of dirt to be seen. very modern, very sleek, very impressive. the one con: it's an hour outside of the city so although the cabs are not expensive (my cab fare was a flat $25 and you're NOT expected to tip either) it is a long ride. immigration was a breeze but there are swarms of people going through ... read more
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jarring emotions

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 17th 2013

in less than 24 hours i'll be on an american airlines jet headed for miami leaving a snowy, freezing new york city behind to fight it out between the slipperiness and the slush. but i won't have the chance to get some sun. at 3:55 p.m., i'll settle in for a little more than four hours. this time on another american airlines jet headed to south america and ecuador's capital city, quito. there i have clouds, thunderstorms and showers waiting to greet me. at least the temperatures will be mild but the bad weather is solidly in residence for at least the next week. how long i stay depends on many things. one of which is: where will i be sleeping? in a hotel? in a bed in someone's private room? on a couch? on the ... read more
limbo lounge
sunset in the sky
air mattress

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 12th 2013

Well we left Banos on a high- we had a fantastic time white water rafting - me and Katherine got to sit at the front and it was crazy - the dingy thing was literally plunging us into the waves. I was surprised I wasnt thrown out of it to be honest!!! Haha it was so much fun though - we were constantly laughing and screaming it was fab, a real adrenaline high!!! The day after we booked two days in the Amazon rainforest! We were driven a few hours out of Banos into the Amazon rainforest. Our first stop was at a monkey sanctuary which was ncie to see the cute monkeys and also a parrot which would literally say hello and wolf whistle and gvie an evil laugh!!! We spent some time amusing ourselves ... read more

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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito November 8th 2013

After the jungle we were longing for civilization, and luckily for us our next stop was Quito, the capital of Ecuador. It was a 5 h bus ride from Tena to Quito, the funny part is that the bus ride cost us only half of what we paid for the taxis from Misahualli to Tena and from Quito bus station to our Airbnb apartment. Quito is on high altitude, almost 3000 meters, so it was considerably cooler than in the jungle, especially in the apartment as there is no heating and no sun shining in through the windows. In Quito we mainly spent out time in the old and the new town. The old town is one of the most beautiful colonial districts in all of Ecuador. It is quite touristic, with a lot of small ... read more
Quito - View
Quito - feasting on guinea pig
Quito - main square

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito November 6th 2013

Sometimes, good things happen when you least expect it. Last night in Quito was such an event. Mike, Barry and I were on our way back home. Barry had to stay one night near the airport before leaving early Thursday morning. Mike and I had to kill about 6 hours before our midnight flight from Quito to Houston, then on to SFO. We were picked up by a nice man named Pablo, and driven about 15 minutes away, eventually to a cobblestone driveway about a half mile long off of a main road. The automatic doors opened, and we pulled up to what looked like an old farmhouse, or hacienda. We were looking at each, thinking what the heck is going on? Pablo took us to Barry's room, and we arranged dinner there at the hotel ... read more
Restored Hacienda
Comfortable and Friendly
Time to Relax

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 31st 2013

Ecuador has been a pleasant surprise, overall. It is very under rated, or "under the radar" as the experts like to say. But the food is just not up to any kind of world standard. As bad a cook as I am, I could be a master chef here! We ventured into Old Town, to a rather quaint area called La Ronda. Normally, it is very quiet there at night, but it was The Day of the Dead. All the families were out in family style restaurants, enjoying an evening together, instead of collecting candy and making the town dentist wealthy. My stomach was not feeling so good last night, so I retired to my room, while the two remaining Mouseketeers went to a local bars. Things were fine until an armada of Quito's finest stormed ... read more
Quito from on high
The Equator at Quito

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 30th 2013

My alarm wakes me up at half past three, one hour and a half after I went to bed. As usual my planning has been a disaster. The travelgear I ordered on the internet wouldn't have arrived before today if I wouldn't have picked it up myself yesterday, my bank cards seemed to have arrived just in time but they still had to be activated by taking out money at an ATM in Holland (only then I realized that I didn't put any money on my new account yet, just too late to transfer money to it before the banks closed), I had to get some dollars and my malaria pills... at eleven at night I started to pack my bag and three hours later I was almost ready to go. After a shower there's an ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 30th 2013

1. It's so seriously cold here at night, that I've got five blankets and one sheet on my bed, and I use them all. We're at 2800 meters here and my fingers are frozen in the morning when I didn't put my hands underneath the sheets. Even my Dutch thermostat has to be adjusted to these temperatures! During the day it's nice though, between 17 (sun gone) and 25 (sun out) degrees. The only thing is that you're getting pretty busy putting on and taking off your jumper all the time... The height is not so much of a problem otherwise, although it really feels like I´ve run a marathon when I arrive at my house about twohundred meters uphill :) 2. You can have breakfast with a sandwich and coffee for one dollar here. For ... read more




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