lunes, 24 de agosto de 2015

Otavalo


On saturday, all of our students went on a day trip to Otavalo!

We started in Quito at 7:30 in the morning to be able to see not only the famous indigenous market, but also a few more attractions along the way!



While driving, we spotted this amazing viewpoint on the side of the road. You could even see the cotopaxi smoking in the background! Impressive!



Our second stop was an animal market on the outskirts of Otavalo.
The market represents an important part of the indigenous culture, as it still offers a more traditional insight into the lives of the otavaleños than the artisanal market.






The big market in the middle of the city was our next stop. Even though it has been influenced a lot by tourism, it still is very interesting to visit and experience.

The activity of the Plaza de Ponchos is mostly due to the marketing of local, regional, national and international handicrafts. While most of the products are textiles from Otavalo, there are also crafted products offered, for example clay, paint, wood, jewelry, jewelry, leather, marzipan, ceramics, etc.

On our way back to Quito, we stopped at a beautiful waterfall, the 'Cascada peguche'.
All in all, it was an amazing and interesting experience!
¡Hasta luego!



viernes, 21 de agosto de 2015

¡Adiós Amigos!

Today was the last day for two of our Vida Verde family members!

We had so much fun with you, Clark and Ryoko! Thank you for the great time!








Save travels to both of you, and we hope to see you again one day!
You will be missed!


jueves, 20 de agosto de 2015

Ecuadorean Cooking!

Another group of students got to enjoy the delicious taste of the ecuadorian meal "Llapingachos"!


Llapingachos are fried potato cakes with a filling of cheese. They are usually served with fried eggs and salad.

After an hour of hard work, everybody was finally able to enjoy this amazing meal!






 If you want to try it at home, here is an amazing recipe:

INGREDIENTES


For the Llapingachos:
Potatos
Butter
Eggs
Cheese
Achiote
For the salads:
Tomatos
Cucumber
Oninon
Avocado
Carrots
beetroot
Lemon
Salt

Para acompañar:
Sausage
Eggs


PREPARACIÓN

1. Peal and cook the potatos with a bit of salt
2. Mash the potatos until they form a puree
3. Add two spoons of butter
4. Put in an egg and mix well until it is a uniform mass
5. Form small balls out tof the mass
6. Make a hole in every one and add a bit of cheese
7. Close the hole and form tortillas
8. Fry the tortillas in oil and achiote
9. Prepare the salads and fry the eggs and sausage

¡Buen Provecho!
 

lunes, 17 de agosto de 2015

Welcome!

On friday afternoon, we wecomed two new students to our school!
Welcome Sairah and Jeremy!
To celebrate their arrival (and just to get to know each other a bit better) we spent a nice evening in 'La cleta'. It was a lot of fun!


The whole month of august, there are different concerts, plays and art exhibitions all over Quito. Therefore, on sunday, a few of us decided to go to a concert in Parque Itchimbia!
It was loud, but amazing!



Also, on sunday, a group of students from the ChACE arrived!
So many new faces at Vida Verde!
¡Bienvenidos!


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miércoles, 5 de agosto de 2015

Music, Meals and Amusement



Another fun activity the whole Vida Verde family enjoyed before we had to say goodbye to some of our friends was one of the famous musically accompanied lunch breaks!

Our choir dirctor Fernando, who also represented the orchestra, managed to motivate all of us to give our best for some ecuadorian folklore songs.
Whether we will be the next newcomer of the month is questionable, but at least everybody had fun! 

Here is a video of our efforts, but only listen to it if you think your ears can handle our awesomeness!

 

 Further, in honor of his last day at Vida Verde, dear Nate sponsored a DELICIOUS cake for everyone! 

So after that fun (and yummy) lunch break, we all went back to work with new motivation!

¡Hasta luego!