On Sunday, Cinthya, Alex, their cousin Michael, and I decided to go to Parque Metropolitano with the crazy dog from next door. I don’t understand the name as the park is not metropolitan at all. It is literally a forest in some areas and open spaces of grass and statues. Looks kind of like The Hunger Games for those of you who saw the movie. I’m not ashamed. I saw it!
Anyways, we took Rex along with us. He is a nightmare in his caged area, and he’s a nightmare outside of his caged area. Being a nightmare and a German Shepherd; we were a disaster waiting to happen. We walked around the neighborhood for a little to maybe calm Rex down. Nothing really helped, until we hopped on the bus. Yes, Rex went on the bus. He was actually more calm on the bus than in the streets.
We made it into the park and slowly wandered off the concrete path, onto a smaller more forested trail. A lot of the trees were a bright yellow color, as if they had been painted, but they were naturally that bright. I forgot to get a picture of the trees specifically. Cinthya also showed me a plant they use here to help with colds and sinuses. It smelled really good!
Rex got a little frisky with Alex along the way. If you know what I mean. 😉
We walked a little bit further to a viewpoint of the valley, where my school is located. It’s on the east side of Quito. It was a really windy day, especially on the side of a mountain.
There were a ton of dogs running around, mostly which were Schnauzers. I thought that was pretty interesting. I think Schnauzers here are America’s Golden Retrievers or Yellow Labs. Only a dog lady would know! 😉
A little further down the trail I was greeted by a pleasant surprise!
I really wanted to pet and feed the llama, but I was a bit scared to be honest. They guys said that they spit and I was not looking to get a big luigi to the face. Cinthya told me they were nice and after facing the fears, I was feeding a llama!
Wow!! I got to feed a llama! Even thought it was tied up, it was still cool to do that. A little further down the hill there were more llamas, including babies. International baby animals are one of my weaknesses. (Ex: puppies in Honduras, tortugitas in Mexico, etc.) They looked like little Bambis, but llamas instead. Mom, don’t be mad if I capture one and bring it home!
After seeing the vegetation, mishaps with Rex, beautiful views of the valley, and llamas, I was exhausted! I bought a a delicious strawberry ice cream, while the other three ate a bean ceviche, which I was not fond of. When we finished our snacks we headed home sweet home. I’d say my Parque Metropolitano experience was a success. I even saw a turtle… kind of. 🙂