Oh, the places we´ll go
We´re off and away
We´ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care.
About some we will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With our heads full of brains and our shoes full of feet,
we´re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And we may not find any
we’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
we’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener there
in the wide open air.
–Dr Suess´ Oh, the places you´ll go

We arrived in Quito last night. All went as planned, although our departure ended up being more hectic than expected. We worked until midnight getting ourselves out of our house. Who knew we had so much stuff! In any event, we are now safely in Quito, Ecuador.

We were met by our Spanish teacher at the airport and he transported us to the Chicago Hostel. During the drive, he freaked us out because he kept saying we chose a very bad neighborhood to stay in. Of course, I was the one that booked the hostel – so had no one else to blame but myself. When we arrived, however, his mood changed and he seemed more at ease at where we were staying. We are sandwiched between the ¨old town¨ and ¨new town¨. Here´s are a few pictures of the view from our hostel.

2 Responses to “Oh, the places we´ll go”

  1. Ashley says:

    Hola chica y chico!

    Glad to see you arrived safe and sound. I’m so excited to see that you are already blogging! So fun for us. I just wanted to give you a head’s up…i don’t know what kind of news you are getting there but here is an email from my uncle in Bolivia.

    “Due to the recent struggle against the communist “President”/Dictator and his taking all revenue from the local governments and concentrating it in his plan to follow Chavez into the abyss, the government offices and airports have been taken over by citizens in 5 out of the 9 departments (like states) causing American Airlines to cancel their flights.”

    We are keeping a low profile and staying away from the trouble areas, but since our ISP was taken over by the government a few months ago, and now taken over by the citizens, we were off line for 36 hours or so, and could go back off line again anytime. We tried to switch to the other ISP, but they are saturated and can’t take on new customers for a couple of weeks. Fortunately we switched cel phone companies last year, but the government wants to take them over too.

    The students overthrew the army guards at the first few institutions after some struggles, taking away their guns, tear gas launchers, and beating them up a bit before taking the soldiers to the hospital. The Army sharpshooters on the rooftops were caught on TV with their ski masks before they could hit anyone, eliminating the use of the usual government excuse that they were not responsible for the shootings because the soldiers only had tear gas. The rest of the army at the other installations has surrendered at each confrontation.

    If you don’t see me on line for a while, either the ISP is down or I’m in our new house, where there are no land phones or internet services in the neighborhood yet.”

    I have gotten in touch with my uncle this morning to get his thoughts on traveling in Bolivia in November. He said he’d be happy to share some insight with you. I gave him your itinerary but it might help to know more specifically what your travel plans were (when and where) once you get to Bolivia. Hopefully by November this will have all been resolved. I’m probably being a little too cautious but i just wanted to get the news out to you guys. I’ll let you know what I hear back from Bolivia. Chao and happy traveling!

  2. Harriet says:

    We are so enjoying your blog. We feel like we are almost with you. I still have to read fellow travelers. So interesting.

    Love, Aunt Harriet