lunes, 23 de diciembre de 2013

Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas!

Love, care, friendship, togetherness and giving make the Christmas time all the more unique. Christmas also means spreading the affection of our heart into the lives of others and bringing in pleasure and cheers, and also forgiveness. Christmas is a perfect time to say love and good wishes for those we care about. Therefore Vida Verde would like to say "thank you" to all the students and great persons that spent and have been spending their time in Vida Verde. Thanks, also, for all the new experiences and ideologies,  and time you shared with us and other students. We have been having a wonderful time with all of you and hope that all of you make it back one day to talk about the old times :) ...

Take care of your beloved ones, your family and your friends, and all the other people in your life. 


Good will, success and happiness be with you this Christmas! Feliz Navidad!
 
 
 
 


 
 
Vida Verde team

jueves, 19 de diciembre de 2013

Papallacta


 Papallacta

Papallacta is a small village in Napo Province located at an altitude of 3,300 m in the Andes just off the Eastern Cordilleras on the road from Quito which leads into the Amazon jungle. The scenic drive from Quito to Papallacta passes through several towns and small villages before ascending to a peak of over 4,000 m where views of mountains and glaciers are visible. Descending from the peak to Papallacta, one passes through the portal where the ecosystems transform from alpine to tropical jungle.
The village of Papallacta itself is not known as a tourist destination but houses several hot springs and spas. And another time we went to the hot springs with our students! There are several pools with different water temperatures to hang out and relax. Some temperatures are really demanding for your body, so you will be really tired after a couple of minutes.
The landscape is stunning, since the view to the mountains around are scenic! The air temperature usually is about 10-15 degrees, which gives the hot springs an even better contrast!



Pichincha

 Pichincha

 

Pichincha is an active stratovolcano in the country of Ecuador, whose capital Quito wraps around its eastern slopes. The mountain's two highest peaks are the Guagua (4,784 metres (15,696 ft)), which means "child" in Quichua and the Rucu (4,698 metres (15,413 ft)), which means "old person".









The view is amazing, considering the height!
Surely, you must be lucky with the weather conditions, that are pretty random on the volcano! But once you have a clear view, you see over Quito and much further!

In October 1999, the volcano erupted and covered the city with several inches of ash. Prior to that, the last major eruptions were in 1553 and in 1660, when about 30 cm of ash fell on the city.

Nevertheless, there are always some students brave enough to climb it all the way up. Actually it is a fantastic way to be close to nature and close to the city. Because of the height, some people experience trouble while they are hiking, since of the lack of oxygen.. Therefore you can get yourself a horse and do it cowboy-style!

Now, I let the pictures talk for themselves!



Otavalo

Otavalo

Otavalo, capital of Otavalo Canton, is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. It is not only known for its volcano and lake, but also for its huge market!



The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool, which are sold at the famous Saturday market. Although the largest market is on Saturday, there is a very wide range of wares available throughout the week in the Plaza de los Ponchos, and the many local shops. The shops sell textiles such as handmade blankets, tablecloths, and much more.

 During the market's peak, almost one third of the town becomes full of stalls selling textiles, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments, dream catchers, leather goods, fake shrunken heads, indigenous costumes, hand-painted platters and trays, purses, clothing, spices, raw foods and spools of wool.

Fruit market

Fruit Market Quito

Santa Clara

In the "Santa Clara" fruit market are fruits and vegetables as far as you can see!
The variety is enorm! Fruits that you already know from your own, or other countries, taste way different, way better, here in Ecuador!
 People work hard in the market but always are very friendly and helpful. Even though you might not even know the fruit, they try to explain you how it taste and how you have to prepare the fruit, since some are not to be eaten!
Bananas are a good example for the variety of fruits in Ecuador. There are at least 10  types of bananas, some to peel and eat, some to fry and eat, some to cook etc...

You sould come along and test it yourself!




























lunes, 16 de diciembre de 2013

We are Vida Verde!



                                                               …Study Spanish for a lifetime!

Vida Verde was the first green Spanish school in Quito, and pioneer in the world of online Spanish classes. This might be one reason why we have quite some students coming in for improving their Spanish skills, or even start into a new part of their lives, attending their first Spanish classes! Other people are just dropping by while traveling through South America and need the necessary vocab for surviving :). The students tells us what (s)he wants and we go for it!
We are known to be a small, but very personal school, that adjust itself to the student's needs. Students can take as many hours and many days of classes as preferred, one-on-one or in group. We help students getting around in Ecuador, showing them around, in and outside of Quito, as well as looking for apartments or ecological projets where they might fit in.
On weekends students usually look forward to getting out of town and visiting some of the sites outside of Quito. The school organizes weekend trips. The excursions are not part of the academic program though students will have plenty of opportunity to practice Spanish.

One of Vida Verde's ideology is: Escape the classroom - and make learning Spanish effective and enjoyable. There is always the opportunity to go on short excursions during class time: Quito and the surrounding area provide a great outdoor learning environment! Our teachers know many places - hidden gems as well as tourist attractions that are fun to visit and help you to learn Spanish through different experiences.

Drop by!





more info: www.vidaverde.com
contact: info@vidaverde.com


miércoles, 4 de diciembre de 2013

Final presentation

Final (group) presentation for the students from the University of Notre Dame


Most people suck at presenting to big groups. But that does not apply to the students from the University of Notre Dame!
Group presentations can be both fun and informative and that's how they did it!

We learned about the Philippines and their traditions about food and travel opportunities.

We heard a great scatch from Tiz and Becca: The attempt from an American to figure out where to spend holidays. Sounds ordanary but it was a kick-ass presentation!

Kevin combined eloquently his experiences in Ecuador with some rethoric jokes about Spanish grammar.

The other presentations were equally good! Especially keeping in mind that all of them were deadly sick until the day before the final presentation!

Well done guys! Hope you have great time in Chile!