I have finally arrived in Quito, Ecuador for my Fund For Teachers summer fellowship! It was a painless flight, despite the small injury I traveled with on my left hand. Thanks to my glass table breaking right before my trip, I will be sporting this red-pepper shaped middle finger for my first few days here. Maybe it will make a “Flat Stanley” appearance in some of my photos.
It was an early flight. I left my house at 4:30am. Got to see the sunrise from the beautiful NJ Turnpike. Hadn’t seen that in years.
I had a layover in Panama City during which I pondered leaving the airport for a bit. When we were arriving in Panama, the view from the plane was nothing to write home about. However, the view upon landing in Quito was awesome. I may have accidentally turned my phone on during landing to take a photo which I know is frowned upon, but I couldn’t pass up the photo op. Then I realized I have a real camera with me.The hostel I am staying in arranged for their driver to pick me up from the airport. Upon exiting the customs line, Don Omar (the Community Hostel chauffer, not the Reggaeton artist) was waiting there to bring me to the hostel. He gave me a quick tour of the city on the way there. I am already in love with this city and excited to see it in daylight! (It gets dark here around 6 apparently.)
He insisted on taking a picture of me in front of this church. Now you know I’m REALLY here.
We arrived to the hostel about an hour later – after a brief night tour and a lot of conversing in Spanish. (Don Omar loves that I speak Spanish.) He gave me some great ideas on how I should spend my time while in Quito which is going to be really helpful. This place is great! Exactly what I needed: Kitchen, community table, living room with a projector, and daily activities to get involved with.
The room is basic but good enough for me. It also has a sweet balcony with another great view.
Tomorrow I will take on Quito by day! Me va a gustar este pais. 🙂