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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 27th 2006

I know how excited you all must be to see that I have written yet another blog in such a short amount of time. The past two days have been super amounts of fun, though it´s not even 8 o´clock and I´m pooped. My eye lids are gaining pounds by the second, so I´ll hurry and tell you about the past two exciting days. Starting, of course, with Yesterday. MONDAY (6-26) During school today I taught my babies in K-class and later in the morning went upstairs to teach the sixth graders. It was a fun morning and the kids are just wonderful here. It´s so much fun talking with them, even if I have to tell them to slow down or be more clearer with their pronounciation. Practice makes perfect, and believe me these kids ... read more
For Tina
Across the Lake

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 25th 2006

Sorry that I couldn´t publish my work yesterday, but the system was failing for me, so here is my beautiful work that I´m sure you all are waiting for anxiously. The good news, though, is that you get to read two blogs in two days! Yay! Alright let me tell you about my weekend. Saturday (6-24) On this beautiful morning I woke only to have my stomach twisted and twirled inside my body. Or at least that´s what it felt like. We went to three different markets, all of which made me want to vomit. I had never seen meat hanging out the way they have it here in Ecuador. I can´t explain it. Or maybe I just don´t want to...thinking about it makes the disgusting fumes fill my nostrils yet again and turn my face ... read more
Whose the real Chicken?

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 25th 2006

I am writing from Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, located in the southern part of the country, just north of Peru. I’ll say more on Guayaquil soon. I’ve included a few more photos from Lima, and yes, none of them show much sun. It is just how Lima is this time of year. However, one day last week there actually was a day of partial sun which was terrific. The city just seemed so much more pleasant and the Miraflores section, where I am staying, felt a lot like Miami Beach. My blog entries are usual very upbeat and several people have commented that I rarely seem to have many “issues” in my travels whether it is getting lost or being ripped off, or some other issue. Well, that changes in this blog entry as I spent ... read more
Simon Bolivar Park, Guayaquil
Guayaquil ("GYE") has a nice mix of newer and older buildings
Church, GYE

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita June 25th 2006

We decided as we were never going to see the volcano in Baños in all its glowing glory we would dash off on Thursday night to Montanita. After a very nice meal we caught a night bus at 11.30 pm and started the 7 hour journey to Guayaquil to change for Montanita which is on the Pacific Coast. Within about 10 minutes it was clear my lovely meal wasn't all that it seemed and I got really sick. As the guard on the bus was a complete arse he wouldn't let me use the toilet so I spent the entire night leaning out of the window every half hour to an hour and being sick! When we got Guayaquil we got on another bus. I'd drank a little coke to try and settle my stomach but ... read more
Hotel Montanita
Hotel Montanita Terrace View
Hotel Montanita´s Dodgy Electrics

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 23rd 2006

Since it´s Friday night and also the same night I write blogs, I know all of you reading are anxiously awaiting the publishing of this entry, so I´ll hurry along! I couldn´t think of anything more exciting than reading a blog on a Friday night... Well, naturally, we´ll start with yesterday. YESTERDAY (6-22) Thursdays are nice because the only grade I teach is second. And they´re such an obidient class. Well, at least one of them is. Anyway, my very own country, USA, was playing Ghana in soccer at 9 I couldn´t even watch them! I kept eyeing the clock every so often calcuating how much time they´d been playing and how much time was left. Oh well, I thought to myself, there´s always reruns. So continued with class never putting my eye back on that ... read more
Driving Over
University of Guayaquil

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 21st 2006

Yes, that´s´s the middle of the week, Wednesday, which means today is humpday! I´m so worn out too...oh well, let´s start with yesterday: YESTERDAY (6-20) ***Ecuador vs. Germany*** Germany wins 3-0...a tough game, tough loss. Even though during the game, while I was watching, it seemed that for the most part, during the game, we had great posession of the ball, and made good choices. At least our offense made good choices. I think Ecuador has a very strong midfield and good attackers, but the problem lies on their defense. They have an amazing keeper, for the majoritiy of the time, that´s not the problem. And their defense has supurb´s just they can´t really read the game well and don´t know what to do half the time. Talent is great, but what good is ... read more
Pretty Flower

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 19th 2006

Yesterday (6-18) Being that today was Sunday, you can only assume what I did this morning. Yes, that´s right, I went to church! It was quite an interesting service that lasted from 7 in the morning until 8. My church at home doesn´t even begin worship until 9:30, so you can imagine just how much my sleeping patterns have changed. Or have tried to change. As you can see, I write my blogs late at night, but I wake at 5:30 each morning. The only thing keeping me from passing out is my daily afternoon naptime. Oh, how I miss naptime that I had when I was younger at GSG or when I was in Kingegartin. Then on one wanted to take a nap, but now when you´re older and you could really can´t. That´s ... read more
A las Playas
Crashing Waves

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 17th 2006

Yesterday (6-16) Since today is Friday and Sunday is Father´s Day, today was our day to celebrate El Dia de los Padres. The first part of the morning was filled with excitment as the kids and their parents came for an assembley and prizes and presents were given away to the lucky daddies. There was also a puppet show for the kids to watch during the assembley. Before the assembley began, I got to meet my mom´s cousin, my second cousin. I could tell by looking at her before meeting her that she resembled the Crespo family quite closely. She seems like a sweet young lady. Also, before the morning celebration began, two of my students presented me with a pair of earrings, a ring, a braclet, a mini stuffed animal, and a pair of hair ... read more
My Second Cousin
El Parque de Malecon

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 15th 2006

Yesterday (6-14) After I woke and went to the school with the Loyolas, Señor Loyola and I went to the farm that he owns right outside of Guayaquil. It was beautiful! Simply breathtaking! I´ve never seen so many exotic plants and flowers at one time. The veggitation was incredible. There were so many fruits and veggies and we ate them there at the farm and more when we got home. Along with the plants, there were many amimales there as well. Cows, birds, chickens, dogs, cats, etc. No wonder my dad loved the finca so much! They call it La Finca Ormiga, and it is a wonderful sight. Today I talked more with the children at the school when we returned from the farm. The kids here are so nice and caring! It´s great to ... read more
Flower Power
Me & Sra Loyola

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 13th 2006

YESTERDAY: My first day in Ecuador couldn´t have been better. I arrived at the Simon Bolivar Aeropuerto at 5:15 in the morning with anxious family and friends awaiting my arrival. Since I was seated in 6F (by the window-yay) I was one of the last ones on the plane, but the good part was that I was among the first off. I quickly got my luggage and met my party and began my journey in the beautiful country of Ecuador. Continental made my flight nice and easy, and was a great way to begin my amazing first day. My host family, the Loyolas, are the sweetest people I´ve ever met! They´re so kind and caring and very, very considerate. They brought me back to the house after saying goodbye to other members of my extended ... read more
In motion
Simon Bolivar
Just  a Tree?

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