Wednesday June 13, 2018
Arrived at the airport yesterday and waited for all students to arrive. Got back to hostel after midnight and received our roommate assignments. We went right to bed. Today we had orientation and an activity overlooking the Andes mountains after breakfast. Now we’re getting ready to explore the Old Town of Quito after lunch!
Thursday June 14, 2018
Yesterday we took an excursion to Quito! We traveled to the statue of the moon and the statue of the sun. We also visited the largest church in Quito, and even went inside a church with gold, decorative walls. We also learned about how chocolate is made in Ecuador. After we toured through the city, we went shopping at the supermarket where we bought snacks for the plane trip. As a group, we are already close knit and we are also excited for the remainder of the trip!
-By Ava & Yobany
Saturday June 16, 2018
Thursday June 21, 2018
Today we woke up at 6:45, ate breakfast, and took the bus to the national park greenhouse for service. We worked until 12 and then went to the tortoise ranch. The food was muy bueno! We then walked around a bunch of lava tunnels. We then went to some sinkholes called los himelos on the island. Very cool! We then went shopping, ate dinner, and went down to the harbor to look for sharks. Very eventful day here at Galapagos!
For our last day in Ecuador we started out by visiting the equator – the actual line! There, we learned about indigenous cultures of Ecuador, about the process of making chocolate, and all about the equator. We even got to take turns trying to balance an egg on the head of a nail. Those who could do it received an “eggmaster” certificate.
We then got to take a salsa class! When we had worked up an appetite from dancing, we got lunch at a crepe and waffle restaurant and we treated to ice cream.
Lastly, we went to the central market in Quito where we got to shop for blankets, panchos, backpacks, and more!