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I did find a good language school and was
lucky to get a good teacher. That she is a
very cute girl don't make things worse either.
I have also found an Ecuadorian family who
I live with, and they are great fun. They
are all a good laugh and the food is great.
We speak a lot of Spanish which means they
speak heaps, I speak some and I understand
most of it. Don't know if my Spanish have
improved a lot but I hope it'll get better
soon. The problem is that you spend a lot
of time with other travellers and the common
language is always English.
Quito is an okay city. It's not beautiful
but it's a good place for meeting people,
learning Spanish and using as a base for travelling
to other places. It doesn't mean here's nothing
to see. It seems to be a not very safe city
and the traffic is "loco". They
drive like criminals here and I was lucky
not to get run over the other day by a motorbike.
Speeding is the way of driving and signs are
more for decoration than anything else. When
I went to Otavalo the other day we had some
really close calls with the bus and we overtook
a cop while passing a "No overtaking"
sign. If you're not allowed to bring your
pig on the bus you just put it in a sack and
bring it along.
Otavalo was a very interesting place with
a great Saturday market. Lots of people, many
natives, were selling everything from mats
with the American flag, to snails or potatoes
with fried blood. Especially the women were
wearing beautiful clothing and I got some
Despite getting a bit of sunstroke in Otavalo
due to forgetting my hat, I and a Swiss guy
went the next day to Mitad del Mundo - the
middle of the world. It's a monument at the
Equator which really wasn't very interesting
on it's own but it's supposed to be surrounded
by loads of interesting museums. But since
we got there very early they hadn't opened
yet. We got a ride to an ancient volcano crater
instead which was just beautiful. We climbed
down the slopes down to the valley 350m below.
After walking through the valley we got the
great idea to try to find another way out
so we climbed different road for an hour and
a half, doing an ascent of maybe 400m. We
met a jeep whose driver told us we probably
had another two hours to the closest city.
Since we were out of water at the time we
found it very pleasant to hitchhike, in the
back of the truck, back to the valley of the
volcano. We were pretty exhausted after climbing
to the top again and had a very relaxed afternoon
recovering some hardcore exercise. I couldn't
have done this a couple of days earlier since
it takes a while to get used to the high altitude.
The first day I got exhausted climbing the
stairs to my room in the hostel. The landscape
with the high mountains, the rainforest-like
nature on the slopes and the green valley
were really something special.
Today I got a private Salsa class with my
Spanish teacher after school. I also learnt
some Salsa last week when I went out with
some people from the Spanish school and some.
Since I love dancing, Salsa was great fun.
Better be a good boy now, returning to my
family doing my homework for tomorrow.