jueves, 29 de enero de 2009

Feliz Cumpleaños Tim!

Happy Birthday, Tim!!

It's really been great having you around and we wish you all the best for the upcoming year in Lima. We will celebrate big time tonight! :)

lunes, 26 de enero de 2009


The past weekend we went to Quilotoa for a hiking weekend. Quilotoa is located only 3.5 hours by bus southwest from Quito in the state of Cotopaxi. We took the bus at 7 o'clock in the morning from the Terminal in Quito to Latacunga. From Latacunga we immediately got on the bus to Quilotoa...okay after having some freshly baked Tortilla de Papas from one of the vendedors in the street. Yummy!
We got to Quilotoa at around noon and were welcomes by José and his family. The family owns a hostels and usually hosts volunteers. We had some tea and since the clouds were coming in, José took us down to the lagoon for a short hike. We decided to do the roundtrip of the crater lagoon the next morning. The hike down to the lagoon was easy but to come back up again needed strenght and good lungs. At an altitude of nearly 4.000m my lungs were pumping. :)
After a simple but delicious early dinner with soup and potatoes, eggs and cheese we enjoyed the evening with the family in front of the oven, helped cutting wood and had some tea to keep warm. The next morning we rose at 5.45 and enjoyed the sunrise. The clouds were still hanging low and you could see the sun rise above them. We had breakfast and left at 6.45 for our 5 hours hike around the lagoon. The views were incredibly wonderful and the colour of the lagoon seemed to change with every hour. José, our guide, would play the flute, no matter if he was going up a mountain or down. We hardly spoke going up a small hill, our lungs were longing for air. Tim was an exception...he walked like as if we were going for a stroll at sea level.
After a 5 hour hike through the wonderful landscape of Quilotoa we got back to the hostal, hungry and exhausted BUT: HAPPY!!
A trip that is really worth the sweat of a long hike. :-)

Quilotoa Loop: Wes, Nicole, Sandra in front of the lagoon - Tim's already around, we guessed!

viernes, 16 de enero de 2009

Mercado de Frutas

The Fruitmarket of Vida Verde

Dear Vida Verde friends,

it has been a while since you last heard from us but as you probably know the first days of the New Year are always a bit hectic. We surely hope you are all well and are enjoying the time whereever you are right now. After we had such a wonderful sunny day yesterday it has turned pretty cold today and it seems so quiet in the streets. We wonder if people are precautious and stay at home to avoid another chaotic day like we had yesterday. Late in the afternoon the electricity was gone in 70% of the country and led to chaos in some parts of Quito, esp. in the streets. Busses and cars were not moving, candles were lit in the houses, registers in shops were not working and people were sitting, waiting and hoping the electricity would come back. After a couple of hours it eventually did.

But before all that happened we had a wonderful day at school.
Right now we are about 13 students from the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.
The students task for the break yesterday was to present and introduce all kind of exotic fruits - from Pineapple and Papaya to Maracuja. Each of the student chose one fruit and told the group what was so special about it, what does it good for us and our body except for tasting delicious.
We all got to try the fruits after we learned everything about them - and they only do us good, therefore we enjoyed them even more!!

The students had made notes and read out what they had found out about their fruit. Of some fruits they have never heard of and the names had to be repeated several times by the teachers - Toxi, Taxi or Taxo? Tim gave us an idea of his Taxo fruit.

Platanos or Bananas? - Kazu tells us what he knows about it - tan chistoso!

Michael (USA)

Rita and Michael from Germany

viernes, 2 de enero de 2009

Happy New Year 2009

We hope you all had some wonderful holidays we wish everyone
a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2009!