Mountains and salsa dancing
Trip Start Aug 31, 2007
12Trip End Jun 02, 2008
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Thursdays we tend to not have classes, which has given us the opportunity to explore places surrounding Sangolqui and Quito. This past thursday, myself, Sunneva, Steve and Caitlyn decided to hike up Mount Ilalo a mountain that I wake up to every morning that has a cross at the very top that lights up at night. We had a bit of a slow start, with much difficulty getting to the mountain itself, but after a very interesting ride in the back of a truck, we got to our starting spot. It was the most strenuous hike I have done so far, although only 2 and a half hours, it was entirely straight up and no trees, only farmers plots so very very hot as well. The view from the top as you will see from these pictures were fabulous
Saturday I went for a Lojan lunch with my host family, my host mom Irlanda is from Loja, the province bordering on Peru, and we had a typical lunch at their house and it was so delicious. Lunch here always starts with a soup, and the soup was this delicious cream of zucchini with beans and cilantro, next was chicken rice and salad, and a pastel (cake a word i learned early on.. also postre.. which means dessert.. essential to my spanish vocabulary) with strawberries and peaches. Lets not forget the amazing different types of fresh fruit juices like blackberry, strawberry, pineapple, date, so good. My host family´s extended family is very welcoming and friendly and so patient with my spanish. My host brother and sisters cousins were there as well and we watched them play in the dirt and chase each other around the house.
That afternoon myself Emma, Natasha and Sunneva took a bus to Quito for a night out on the town
Still learning Spanish, and we have our first test on Friday for our Andean Society class..all about the Incas. Things are going well, and hope all is well back in Canada. Missing everybody!!