Mitad del Mundo


Today, Amanda, Emily, and I went to Mitad del Mundo, which translates into “Middle of the World.” We went to the equator!

I had seen everyone else’s photos on Facebook from the Mitad, so honestly I was not that excited to go. A big secret down here is that the monument that I went to today is actually not the real equator. It’s just the monument. The actual equator is about a mile away. We were too lazy to take the one mile walk, so this is what you get!

We had a nice lunch and walked around and saw all the little stores and tourists. Who can say they have been in both hemispheres at the same time…kind of?

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Otavalo Market


Just 2 hours away from Quito by bus, Otavalo market is a busy bustling maze of arts, fruits, vegetables, hats, clothing, jewelry, and the list goes on. Otavalo is one of the most visited destinations in Ecuador, and seeing that I have been here over a month now, it was time to go!

 

A group of 9 of us decided to go last Saturday. Saturday is the best day, because every other day it is just located within a plaza, but on Saturday it’s literally down all the side streets of the plaza as far as the eye can see. Lots of bargaining and negotiation tactics are useful at a place like this. And most items are relatively cheap!

 

 

I think the best part about Otavalo was the hats. Hats for days! They aren’t just normal hats There are hats that look like any animal or character you can think of. I even saw a hat embroidered with Simba. Interesting. I have about 5 pictures of myself in different hats. Here is one of I’m guessing a Bert or Ernie hat.

 

 

Another cool thing the food. There were tons and tons of vendors cooking up some sort of Ecuadorian food. Some of which looked very appetizing, while some did not…

 

We stopped for ice cream… twice. How could we not? It was homemade and amazingly delicious. We  also found a lot of cool and interesting items. We came across the littlest plastic bag we’ve ever seen. Including handles! Thanks to our model Abby!

 

Otavalo market was a great experience. I wasn’t really prepared to be so overwhelmed with stuff and the huge size of the market, but I loved it. I want to go back… Christmas is coming up you know! It makes for great gifts! I will be retuning closer to my homecoming, to stock up on some more gifts. 🙂

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Teleférico


Two weekends ago, a group of friends and I went to the top of Pichincha Mountain, by means of the Teleférico. Teleférico is a gondola type cable car that departs from Quito, around 9,000 ft and travels to a point on the mountain around 13,000 ft. From there you can hike around or even go to the very top of the mountain! That endeavor will be done soon! 🙂

We got to the top, like tourists we took a million pictures everywhere. On the ride up though, the gondola stopped, leaving us swaying in the wind at over 9,000 ft in the air. Now that was terrifying… Anyways the view made up for it!

We hiked around, enjoyed the view, and soon enough we were horse back riding. $9 for 45 minute guided tour of the surrounding volcanoes. It was amazing, but freezing. The people gave us panchos to wear for the duration of the ride. After a few scares of being bucked off my horse, we were back and eating some awesome street food, made right at the top of the mountain. Now that’s Ecua.

What a fun Sunday, and all done before 1pm!

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My School Schedule


After my second day of school, I’ve now experienced all of my classes. Most of them seem great. One of them seems… not so great. Another downside, I couldn’t find two of my books at the book store, both for my business classes. Great.

Monday & Wednesday

Cultura Ecuatoriana at 1pm. This seems like a really interesting class. We have to go to a couple of museums as homework and it’s a class full of gringos so I don’t feel so alone. Thank god. Emily and Amanda are in this one, so I think it should be a good time! By the way… just so everyone can be jealous. My book was $9.74. Say what SDSU!?! A lot of the classes use spiral bound books printed at the University to help students save money and also help the school save paper and only printing books on demand.

Tuesday & Thursday

Sociología Rural at 10am. THIS CLASS ROCKS! With all my experiences working in Honduras, I feel like I’m able to bring a lot of knowledge into this classroom. The teacher is an American dude, who did a lot of research in Cotopaxi. (Huge volcano mountain close to Quito. I can see it on the way to school and it’s covered in snow!) He came back and basically started the University. He claims his ID# is 7. Who knows, but we also have a field trip up to a rural community within the Cotopaxi area. Can’t wait!

Administración de Operaciones at 11:30am. I never want to return to this class ever again. This class makes me want to die. I’m the only gringa in the class, which is prime target for using me as an example to the class, when I don’t even understand what is going on. None of the students were very friendly, and the teacher was constantly picking on me, as all the students laughed when I said anything because I didn’t understand what the teacher was asking, so I was saying stuff wrong. AWESOME. Being the only gringa in a class that’s very hard to understand, shouldn’t mean pick on her all the time. It should mean help her understand more. kthanks. But the material seems hard only because I don’t have the book yet. Once I have the book I’m golden.

Negociacioón at 1pm. Yet again I’m the only gringa, but this class was a lot better. I didn’t get singled out and thrown into the flames like the other class. Obviously the teacher asked where I was from and what not, but it was easy going and not scary. Then he continued to tell the class how great California is and how the weather is beautiful. Que bien! This class seems like it has a lot of reading, but I also thing a lot of it will be common sense, something a gringa like me has!

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