Day 1 and 2

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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La Casa de Nancy y Carlos

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Day 1: 
We made it! Our adventure has officially begun. 
    We arrived to Quito at 1:45 pm after stopping in both Los Angeles and Panama City. It was a very long travel day with minimal sleep but the important thing is that we made it with no mishaps (not even any broken bags prior to entering the airport or forgotten cell phones like last time!). We met our host famiy after being picked up at the airport by an employee from the language school we will soon be attending: Carlos, Nancy, Karla (18), and Maria Jose (12). They are very nice people...very welcoming and warm, declaring after only 15 minutes of meeting us that were we were now family. The house is quite nice. Zac and I are sharing a private room. We arrived to rain but it is not too cold here.Overall the day was uneventful. We took a nap to catch up, had pan y cafe at their kitchen table with Nancy, and got in some reading.
    I cannot wait to begin the language classes on Monday. Not being able to communicate is extremely frustrating. I can understand a good amount of what is said. They speak slow enough that I can pick words out here and there. The problem though is responding...much more difficult. They speak very little english, which although is hard right now, in the long run it should help us pick up the language faster.

Day 2:
    Today we woke to a late breakfast with Nancy and Elsa (she is a woman who lives in the house and takes care of the cleaning...Nancy described her as a second mother to the children. So she is basically another member of the family.). I had coffee from Colombia (yum yum although I am not a huge fan of coffee). 
    Me and Zac wandered around the area for the majority of the day. Nancy took us after breakfast to the language school. It is about a ten minute walk from their house. We also went to a market that is held only on weekends. They sell textiles, earrings, hand carved sculptures, etc. We also went shopping with her at the supermarket (she loaded up on gronud beef for burgers...I am a little nervous).
    After lunch me and Zac walked to a nearby neghborhood, Gualpo. We saw some really great views of Quito and surrounding cities. We continued to wander around the city for another hour or so to explore and get familiar. We are spending the evening in, in an empty house (not quite sure where everyone is...they left while we were out). 

This entry is not super exciting but hopefully as time goes on, weŽll have more interesting things to talk about! Love and miss you already. Have a fun 4th of July!
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lorrisax on

Tam and Zac
Wow, sounds nice already. Where did you post your blog? Did you have to go somewhere or do they have a computer for you to use? Nice to see where you are staying. The land looks pretty. How is the altitude? I am so happy to hear from you already. You are such a good daughter. Love to you both!!! Pretty soon your blog with be in espanol. Love you guys!

lorrisax on

Tam & Zac
oops...will be in Espanol...Michael pointed out my bad english.....sorry. love you guys

mikemarks on

Glad to hear you two are having a good time, and that the family you're staying with is nice. Keep us updated, and stay safe!

carleesax on

hey Tammy and Zac I miss you so much!!! how is it going?i looked at your website and it looks really good! i love you and miss you so much be we can still keep in touch thankfully. ill keep in touch with you! carlee

noelie on

Hey world travelers,
Thanks for the news! I hope your first day at school goes well. Luv ya!

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