Buenos días todos,
Wooohooo, first blog posting today! I invite you to follow me on my journey here in Guayaquil, Ecuador in South America. I left the USA on August 27, 2012 with two stops, one in Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala City) and the other in Ciudad de Panamá (Panama City) before I reached my final destination, Quito, Ecuador. Quito is the capital of Ecuador and located in the Andes Mountains. I traveled the city of Quito and experienced the life of the ‘Sierra’. I also stepped on the equator, literally. I took numerous videos of indigenous tribes playing traditional music and it sounds amazing; I am eager to share.
The first thing to mention about Ecuador-the food is AMAZING. Almost every dish is served with rice and soup of some sort. Rice is a staple crop here so I have yet to eat a meal without rice and I have been here over two months. One of my favorite snacks here is patacones, fried green plantains, que rico, especially when they top it with queso! After departing from Quito we traveled to Chimborazo which is an inactive volcano here. My group started at the first refugee station and climbed to the second. I immediately felt the effects of the altitude and I had a hard time breathing. We were given cocoa tea which is supposed to help, needless to say, I was getting dizzy. On the descent I met the most famous Ecuadorian mountain climber who recently lost his legs in a climbing accident. After Chimborazo we went to other small towns in the Sierra and then embarked on our journey down the mountains to the coast where I will be living until December. Guayaquil, Ecuador is the largest city of Ecuador. When I first arrived I could not believe the huge gap between the two social classes. They say Ecuador has all three social classes: high, middle, and low class, but I have only seen, rich, richer, and poor. Once getting acquainted with my new city, I started my university, Universidad Espíritu Santo (UEES). I am studying Spanish here and interning at a local public hospital in the surgery department.
The President and owner of UEES is on the Board of Trustees at William Woods University, so our schools are kind of related. I started my internship at Luchadores del Norte which is a medical clinic in the poorest part of the city, I saw around 50 patients a day (8:00AM-11AM). I then moved on to Hospital Luis Vernaza, a public hospital that has more technology than Luchadores, I observe in the surgery department and get to assist when needed. Today I watched a 5in x 3 in tumor above the right kidney get taken out-awesome. Another awesome fact about Guayaquil, it is located only 40 minutes from the beach, needless to say, I have been several times. While Missouri continues to delve into fall and winter, Ecuador is only getting warmer and sunnier. J Well…I am off to lunch and I will continue to post and share my experiences, I will also post pictures and videos for you to keep up to date with my journey. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy your Halloween!