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Hilary: Quito, Ecuador—Week 1

August 17, 2011

This is a gigantic city! The cab drivers on one side don’t know where streets are on the other! I am getting used to using the bus system, the buses are easy to take and are cheap, but knowing where you want to go and what bus to take is a completely different thing! I am learning slowly but surely. 

My school is amazing, I never ever would have dreamed of what my school looks like, my apartment too by that matter.  I live with two twin 12-year-old sisters and a mom; they are sweet and very accommodating.  There are 4 other students in the pre-session intensive Spanish grammar program.  Everyone is really nice and we are all at pretty much the same level grammatically.  Our teacher, Luis is awesome, he is a complete socialist but keeps his political views as in the closet as possible.  My speaking/comprehending abilities have improved so much!  But it is hilarious to see the difference in my writing and grammar.  I second-guess myself all the time and just have so many things wrong!  But that is why I am in the Spanish language pre-session I suppose! 

Last night Greta, Rebecca and I went to a dance show of indigenous Andean dances!  It was amazing!! It was great to hear all of the amazing music and see the dancing.  It makes me miss dance and realize that I need to kick my voice back into shape.  There is a possibility of going to a Jazz University in Quito for lessons and what not. 

Internet is going to be less frequent here—no WIFI but I can hook my computer up to my family’s wired set-up.  I am trying to limit myself to every other day until I need to be using the internet for research papers and stuff. 


Hilary: Arrival in Ecuador

August 10, 2011

I arrived in Quito, Ecuador yesterday and was picked up by my awesome and beautiful friend Mari Ayali and her family!  Thank you so much!!  We went out to eat lunch right away and all shared a gigantic plate of seafood!  It was so fresh and tasted delicious; I even at the octopus, yummy!!  After we stuffed ourselves we drove around the city a bit to pick up some bread and cookies (those were for later :)) and went to their house.  

I will meet my host family and start my program in two days!!  I almost have all of the reading done..whoops!  I will be living in an apartment near my school with a mom and two 12 year old twin sisters!  I am really excited to meet them and to meet the other people in my program.  



Hilary: upcoming adventures

July 7, 2011


This is the start of my first blog!  I will try to update as often as possible with pictures, stories, notes, and whatever else inspires me. I hope you enjoy reading and sharing in my experiences!

I have been traveling to Guatemala for a teaching assistant position with an organization called Safe Passage (Camino Seguro). Go to their website and check out this awesome organization!  Their mission is to create opportunities and foster dignity through the power of education!

Then on to Ecuador, where I will be studying abroad through a University of Minnesota program: MSID Ecuador, check the program website out here:  For the first half of the program I will be living with a homestay in Quito, Ecuador and the second half of the program I will have a rural home-stay along with an education internship somewhere in the Andes mountains!

I wish you all a wonderful summer and a beautiful fall.  I hope that you find something that challenges you and delights you, that you find happiness and gratitude, and that you stay mentally physically, and spiritually healthy!

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