Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Santo Domingo de los Colarados



Courtesy of Sly, pictures of her "hometown".

Lies we tell our taxi drivers....

I spent the weekend with Sly in Santo Domingo de los Colorados, which was fabulous. It was nice to get out of Quito for four days. On Sunday, we spent a good 20 mintues trying to find a taxi driver who knew where the Botanical Garden was. We finally found one who charged us a fair price AND knew the location of our destination so we were on our way. As soon as we hopped in, Sly asked me who I wanted to be today. This is a little game she plays with the taxi drivers here. Apparently it is perfectly accpetable to lie to them. I had all I could do not to die laughing while she rambled the most outrageous lines of BS to this poor man. Turns out she was from England and I was from France. The two of us were married to Ecuadorian brothers (LADIES, YOU ARE ALWAYS MARRIED HERE!!!!) who were from Quito, which resulted in our friendship. Sly did an outstanding job of convincing the man she had five children: three Ecuas and two Brits. The lines of garbage effortlessly rolled off her tongue in a rather admirable and fantastic fashion. I was in awe of her prowess and had all I could do not to blow our cover by laughing hysterically. The taxi driver was convinved we spoke Castilian Spanish, which was really confusing for us because I am pretty sure we pronounced our "c's" and we were speaking rather slowly. Maybe it was the proximity to Spain from the homeland... However, I do know that my taxi rides from now on will never be dull.

Ohhh....Ecuador!

Monday, March 24, 2008

VENGA POR ACÁ!!

Friends, family, countrymen!!! COME VISIT ME! Sly and I have planned some fabulous vacations for our remaining three months here (assuming I do not stay...which I am considering.) It will be a blast. This is an amazing country with so much to offer. All of you should think about coming to live la vida loca with us!!! There is plenty of pan de yuca to go around :)

Easter

I hope every had a nice Easter, for those of you who celebrate. I have to say I am sad this was the only Easter I have not received a basket. I always get an Easter basket....maybe that explains why I bought all the junk to eat at the Supermaxi last night.. Well, I guess living la vida loca in Santo Domingo with Sly for the weekend doesn't suck.

ahhh, easter baskets....chocolate bunnies....jelly beans.... did someone say GORDITA! I need to go to the gym.

DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE!!

Let me save you all the trouble and tell you right now not to waste your time or money on the movie "Cloverfield." Aside from the interesting cinematography, it was so bad I would have left if I had anything else to do or wasn't with my friend. Seriously, I do not even like to comment on bad movies but this was so bad, I had to warn you. I bet you all go see it now just cause then I will have to write an "I told you so blog." I promise I wouldn't lie to you. Just don't do it, ok?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Playing at the Guayasamin Museum


Sly and I headed to the Guayasamin Museum for a little adventure. You can buy amazing prints of his on cloth paper for $7. I definitely plan to raid the gift shop before I head north.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

YAY! A VISITOR!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLY!!! I look forward to our rock star Quito evening...

Rumors of War...

So I am sure the news there is interesting. I haven't seen anything and promise we are taking good care of ourselves so please do not fret. Here is an interesting article about the situation between Ecuador, Columbia, and Venezuela:

The Andes .

Living la vida loca....

Sunday, March 02, 2008

¡Feliz Compleaños!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHANNA!!

Happy Six Months

I just have to say, I have at least ten blogs to post and promise to get to it but today is my sixth month mark here in Quito, which prompted me to just sneak this one in. I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by... Friday night, I helped the directors pick up the new volunteers who arrived from the U.S. It was the first time I had entered the airport since I arrived and it set off a striking alarm in my mind. I could not help thinking, "I am not ready to leave...." I still have so much to do and see... It startled me and inspired me at the same time. I have four months to take advantage and get to work. I hope I can do it. Sometimes life surprises you.

It was so weird to see the fresh new faces and to greet them. I felt like a parent in a way. I wanted to hug them and tell them everything would be fine. They could stop worrying and freaking out because the year will be more than they ever expected and they will survive and be ok. Everything will work out. I realized no matter what I told them or how I answered all their questions, they would have to find out for themselves. Being on the other side of the receiving line was exceptionally enlightening. I look forward to spending the next month helping them get situated in Ecuador. Before they all know it, six months will have flashed before their eyes and it will all seem like a lucid dream.

Sometimes I forget I live in Quito. Friday night was a reminder and wake up call to enjoy every last minute of this journey....