I’ve Gone to the Mountains

I made it! After a full 18 hours of travel, I arrived at my hostel in Quito late Friday night. Today I settle in with my host family and start two weeks of Spanish classes. The last time I was in a classroom setting was 2005, so it could be a shock to my system. Also, I really want to learn Spanish but I have to get over my conviction that I’m terrible at languages. Wish me luck!

Quito is high up in the Andes Mountains, 9,350 feet above sea level. I was just in Michigan, which is 800 feet above sea level. That’s a huge change, and I was worried about how altitude sickness would affect me, but luckily it’s just been headaches, which I get a lot of anyway. I took it easy on Saturday–well, I walked 3 miles to see the city, but then I drank a lot of water and napped. That seems to have helped a lot.

I wanted to give y’all a heads-up that an interview I did for a British podcast called Getting Better Acquainted will air on Wednesday. I talk about the first part of my trip, the ups and downs, and being a conscientious traveler. More details when I have ’em!

Finally, I left this:

We've had at least a foot of snow on the ground for over a month, and days so cold the schools close because kids waiting for their bus might get frostbite

We’ve had at least a foot of snow on the ground for over a month, and days so cold the schools close because kids waiting for their bus might get frostbite

for this:

The view from my window in the hostel in Quito. There is no snow.

The view from my window in the hostel in Quito.

Sorry not sorry, as the kids say.

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10 thoughts on “I’ve Gone to the Mountains

  1. Congratulations, LIsa! You’re off and running.

    Personally, I have found that when I use any of my brain power telling myself how whatever-it-is-that-I’m-trying-to-learn is “not natural or easy” for me, the less effective I am at learning it. This is not news to you, just a reminder! I suspect that the intensity of the lessons will break down any resistance in two or three days. Good Luck!

    My itchy feet are sending me to Scotland to, hopefully, be an “extra” for the cable TV series production of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander book. I hope that I can pull this off – I have had to renew passport, credit and debit cards, driver’s license, car insurance and registration! It seems as though everything comes due in May or June, and I hope not to still be here.

    I am so excited for you and your travels, and look forward to reading of your various adventures. So wonderful to have met the real you!

    In Peace,

    irene

  2. Glad you made it safely! That sounds like it was quite a long trip. I am quite jealous of the weather situation you’re in now, since I’m still where you were. I am, however, traveling to Mississippi later this month! Jealous you are, I’m sure. 😉

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