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:
Sorry not sorry, as the kids say.
On Saturday night, we had an ice storm in mid-Michigan. The next day, everything was covered in ice. Every twig, every blade of grass, was perfectly encased in frozen water. A lot of people lost power, but we were fortunate, so I walked around taking some pictures and then retreated to the warm house to decorate a Christmas tree. I hope everyone was able to stay warm and gets their power back soon. In the meantime, some photos from after the storm: