Hola Amigos! For those that were wondering, yes, I made it to Ecuador alive. After almost 30 hours of travelling we landed in Quite, Ecuador with a bit of a bump (enough to make the woman in front of my throw up). But no bumps along the way were going to faze me! I am usually the one gripping the arm rest until my knuckles go white during turbulence, but instead I was having a blast – laughing away with the man next to me, who obviously thought I was quite entertaining! I think knowing with such assurance that I was doing something I was meant to do, and the excitement for what this incredible journey will bring, gave me a peace that transcends all understanding. Hallelujah!
2 days into a year trip and not only am I alive, but I am seriously living! This city is incredible! Tucked away in the valleys of the Andes at 3000m above sea level, it is a thing of beauty. Steep roads, and stunning Spanish style houses are framed in majestic mountains – this is a sight that continues to take my breath away. However, this might just be the altitude! Quito is the second highest capital in the world, and apparently none of our Travel Doctors thought we needed altitude medication – hey, don’t mind us, we will just stick out the nausea, headaches and dizziness! Not as bad as it sounds seeing as I am experiencing none of the above.
Not only is the landscape beautiful, but the people are also. I love Latin American’s. They are so full of life! On our first visit to Vida Verde -our Language school for the next 2 weeks – we were treated to a Spanish music sing along. Led by a charming fellow named Fredrico – a man over flowing with character – on the guitar and joined by the other teachers and students none of us could help but laugh, smile, clap along, and attempt to sing/make random noises with our mouths. Our involvement was limited due to the fact that, while we had word sheets, it was difficult to read each word, process it, figure out the pronunciation, and then sing it to the fast beat. Smile and mumble was my moto!