Friday, May 15, 2015

Roses and Shopping! 5/15/15

Our Final Day trip involved a long bus ride (with lots of windy roads up the mountain), a tour of the beautiful Rosadex garden/home and shopping at the famous Otavola Market!
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the day
Roses taller than me!



 After the tour we had lunch in the family home, est. 1919


Beautiful out building


Lastly, shopping at the indigenous Otavalo market


Monday, May 11, 2015

My home away from home

It goes without saying the hospitality in Ecuador is tremendous. My “host Madre” Consuelo is incredibly sweet & has provided a warm and welcoming environment.

Here are a few pictures of the view from her casa.  


 Consuelo's Casa

The Scenery is Beautiful!


Ecuadorian Cooking Class

We spent 4 hours in the University kitchen with the chef preparing this delicious meal.
 The best part was we got to eat it once we were done!

 Ceviche & Patacones


 Main  course

 Delicioso Postre

Middle of the World 5/11/15

We visited the Middle of the World, literally!
Ecuador and Latitude 0 0' 0"

Cool artwork

Beautiful scenery

The centrifugal force (unable to balance) & losing muscle resistance on the equator



Friday, May 8, 2015

Mindo and Rain Forest 5/8/15

We visited the small town of Mindo and explored El Quetzal Mindo Chocolate Hosteria
We received a tour of the grounds and learned about the bean to bar process.
Coincidentally, the owners opened up a 2nd location in Dexter, Michigan in 2009.
 Picture of Mindo

Fermentation, Drying, Roasting the cocoa beans

We  then visited the Sachatamia Lodge, 120 acres of cloud forest

 Many beautiful flowers

Probably one of the most serene places I have ever been

Rain Forest = Breathe taking views

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pichincha Volcano & Quito Historic Center

Hola! I have had a very busy two days!  In addition to studying Spanish language & culture, yesterday I rode the Quito Teleferico almost 15,000 feet up the mountain to view the Pichincha Volcano and today I toured the Quito historic center. Hopefully the pictures I am posting will give the reader a small glimpse of the magnificence one can find in this beautiful country.

On the way up

 View from the top
Church on top of the mountain

Great day to be a BRONCO!

On the way back down

Pictures from the Quito Historic Tour


 Palacio de gobierno

 Torre de Compania

 Portal de San Francisco

 Parque de Inde Pendencia

Last picture of the day~ be sure to see the snow covered volcano in the background!