lunes, 9 de septiembre de 2013

Cooking class

Buen Provecho

Students in action :)

The group from Notre Dame, USA, is taking cooking classes every Wednesday. Three weeks ago, we started with the LLAPINGACHOS, a typical speciality you can enjoy in Quito. The second week we continued with highly desired EMPANADAS (Megan (the one with ther knife) enjoyed them probably like no one else did). This week we are going to make CEVICHE DE PESCADO. When we were in Puerto Lopez almost all of us had the first ceviche in our lives and there is nothing to say but: !!Amazing!!
So we need to know how to make it!

Buen provecho!

Quilotoa 08th of September

Quilotoa, the 08th of September
Quilotoa remains one of the most famous spots
to see around Quito. The turquoise water in the
old crater of a vulcano is attracting tourists from
all over the world.
Another time we decided to visit this famous spot
with our students. As usual, we ascended to the
lake, rested there on the ebach and in the water to
finally hike it all up again!
It always is a lot of fun!
Mindo 07th of September

Mindo ist just a beautiful spot to be!

Mindo is situated in the cloud forest and therefore there is usally in the morning sunny and kind of cloudy in the afternoon, but always warm.
If you like butterflies, then the "Mariposario" is the right place to go. Besides this, there is a lot more to see in Mindo, like ziplining, the river, the choclate fabric, the the small characteristic town.

Mitad del Mundo

22th of August Mitad del Mundo

 As usual, we meet up at school and Hugo, our driver,
brings us everywhere!
Lead by a guide, we started the tour at around 3:30 pm
after classes. We were taught about the history of
Ecuador with the main focus on the Indigenous
communities of Swha and Kichwha. Apart of that
we did all the classic games you have to experience
at the Equator!

- In which direction flushes the water on the Southern and- Northern hemisphere, as well as on the Equator itself!
-Balancing an egg on a nail
-Balancing on the Equator with closed eyes and arms streched-out
-Experiencing the fact of having less power standing on the Equator!

Puerto Lopez, Isla de la Plata and whale-watching

Puerto Lopez 24th-25th of August 2013

Our trip started from school, after classes. Still ahead of us was a long busride of around 10 hours, but we tried to make to most of it!

Once arrived at Puerto Lopez, in our hostal Monte Libano, we filled our selves up with delicious food and we relaxed with a couple of local beers.

 Saturday was the day of the days:

Right after breakfast, we went to the travel agency, that was in charge of our trip.
The captain navigated us successfully to the spots were the whales were jumping and playing, on our way to the island!
Arriving at the Isla de la Plata, the small brother of the Galapagos, we started the mendatory walk to the ranger, since she/he will always decide which group will go to which part of the island.
One of the island's attractions is certainly the bluefooted-boobie, and the redfooted-boobie.
After visiting the island, we had another 30 minutes for snorkeling on a riff along the island. It was amazing seeing and swimming with clownfishes (Nemo) and tortoises in their natural habitat!
Besides all the fun things, we were stuck in traffick on the way home for more or less 4 hours. We gained another new experience:
No one ever waited longer at KFC to order food than we did this day (easily one hour)!