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Oct 20, 2012 - Past volcanoes to Quito

By the time we had had a rather slow breakfast and got the bus to the car park where our cars had been left for the night, we were not on the road until 7.50 a.m. We set off with a small group and headed out of town and south for another day of huge mountain climbs and spectacular scenery - this time in sunshine. We immediately climbed 700m to 3200 only to descend 1500m to cross a river then up 1000m of altitude to the border with Ecuador. Here we took a short detour to visit the spectacular La Sanctuario de Las Lajas with Debbie and David...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Aug 7, 2012 - Back in London

Aug 7 I must say it was nice sleeping in my bed last night. I woke up this morning thinking it was 6 am but I had actually slept in till 11 am. I slept in my more comfy bed with clean sheets. No more bloody noses either. When I went to the toilet yesterday after arriving back from Ecuador I had to think twice about throwing my toilet paper into the toilet because I had gotten used to throwing it into the garbage bin in Lumbisi. My hot shower was nice but it wasn't the luxury I thought it was going to be. My showers in Lumbisi weren't...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Soccer and plane to London

Aug 5 Sitting at Maria's (my host Mom) sports grounds on my last day watching soccer and taking 50¢ from the spectators entering. It's a family affair here. The sports ground is equipped with a food and refreshments stand Maria's nephew and niece helped set up by unloading the truck. The grandparents are cooking. I'm the only light coloured person here besides one of the goalies. I'm having fun watching the soccer. The girls played after the guys and their skills aren't as good so I, of course preferred watching the guys. I'm leaving soon...

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Aug 4, 2012 - Dancing, packing, and cake

Aug 4 I was up early and my host family made me a nice early breakfast before I caught the bus to Otovalo markets with the group from Illinois. On the way to the markets we stopped at a famous biscochos place in Cayambe for biscuits cheese and hot chocolate. In the afternoon I got back home and Maria (Fevi organisation) dropped off some pictures from camp for me and then I got a lift with her to supermaxi store in Cumbaya to stock up on some Ecuadorian chocolate. I learned a little about Maria's family history. She was born south of Baños...

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Aug 3, 2012 - Friday fun day and goodbye to camp

Aug 3 My last day at school, ending on a Friday funday. We have been making the whole day into a competition so the kids have been more interested. We don't have lesson plans so there hasn't been much structure to the class today and I'm finding it difficult with the language barriers with the other two Volunteers. I think we could be working together more but we have been managing. I was given a thank you card and a souvenir spoon from the class. Each one of the students also gave me a hug goodbye, it was so sweet. Sitting at my host...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Old Town

Aug 2nd Second to last day here at Mequeños summer camp. The kids have been getting bored, I guess I am a little too. I have been slacked on researching to make class more interesting for them. After camp Andrea took me to Quito Old town. We met a nice guy named Santiago who escorted us to St.Marcos which is a beautiful area but unsafe for tourists. Santiago also took us to The house of St. Augustine. We also got a tour of La Iglesia de la compañia de jesús (The Church of the Society of Jesus). In La Ronda we had ate a giant empanada with...

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Aug 1, 2012 - Intiñan museum

Aug 1 I'm feeling much better than I was yesterday and the day before. I think it was just a bug that lasted only about a day luckily. I only have a few more days left here and it gives me mixed feelings. I'm happy to be going back to London but I'm also sad to be leaving here. I really hope I'm able to come back one day soon. I have had a great experience so far and I'm happy I did it on my own. After camp today I'm going to Quito with Andrea to visit the museum near the center of the world. I'm at camp now half way through the day. We...

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Jul 31, 2012 - Olympics and soup

July 31 Woke up this morning feeling a little better but my stomach still isn't 100%. Today we had 13 students in class. The shape of today was a star and the paper craft was a fan. We did the adding and subtracting contest along with yoga outside. After camp I went home and watched some of the London Olympics that my host Mom kindly put on the tv for me. I ate soup that my host Dad made for me to help my stomach then went to bed early again.

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Jul 30, 2012 - Feeling sick

July 30 I got to have a nice warm shower this morning it was a bit if a luxury. We only had 12 kids in class today, the numbers are dwindling. Andrea and I were the only two volunteers today and we had a few assistants helping out. Our shape today in class was a heart and the kids made cups out of paper. Andrea is helping me with spanish and I help her with her english. We are going to hangout more this week a few nights after camp. After lunch time I was feeling sick with a queasy stomach and chills. I skipped dinner. My host family made...

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Jul 29, 2012 - Tour of the falls in Baños

July 29 Tour of nine different waterfalls around Baños. We road two cable cars and got close to the waterfalls. We got soaked because it rained all day. The tour bus didn't have windows so it was pretty cold. Took ome nice photos and videos despite all the rain. On the way back from the tour we were stuck in traffic for about 45 mins. Our bus was like a party bus equipped with lights and big speakers to blast the music. A few of us girls jumped off the bus and started doing the ssmacarena and line dancing to helped pass the time while we...

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Jul 29, 2012 - The Last of South America

July 29th Our last day in Ecuador and we had it all to ourselves… until 4:15 that is. We got up late and messed around in the room then decided on a walk. We headed down hill to one of the city parks – “La Carolina.” Beautiful park. At one end a Sphinx – like statue where two women were holding what looked like a religious ceremony with a small fire on the statue and a pile of flower pedals. As we walked further there was kite flying, soccer. RC airplanes, picnics, vendors setting up stalls, and an elaborate play set for the kids –...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Helping the local community and Baños

July 28 We are driving through Palileo now on our way to Baños. Palileo is known for making jeans. People come from all over Ecuador to buy jeans here. They can make (copy) any size and style. Might give China a run for their money.. One day. ;) Today was the first time it rained since I've been in Ecuador. After breakfast at the hostel this morning we helped Josè and his family cut grass to feed the cows and goats down by the river. The family goat was used to carry the haul of wet grass back up the mountain. Livestock are also fed...

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