Dream first 2 weeks in Ecuador! //Week 17 +18//
I’m finally here, in Ecuador and it’s amazing! Honestly, I say everything is amazing but it truly is. Honestly, many people are very friendly, welcoming, the weather (when it’s sunny) is a dream, the views are gorgeous — choosing Ecuador as my semester 2 destination was a very, very good choice. So, what am I doing whilst I’m here?
I’m studying in USFQ in Cumbaya, Ecuador which is just outside of the capital city, Quito which also happens to be the second highest capital city in South America. I’ve taken classes which cover conversation skills, grammar, Ecuadorian novels, short stories in South America and Buddhism, with everything being taught in Spanish. As I’m writing this blogpost, I’ve just entered my second week here, so I’ve adjusted/still adjusting to the speed at which professors speak Spanish, but it’s good because my Spanish is improving alot and I’m becoming accustomed to the Ecuadorian accent which is unique (I’ll explain in my next blogpost :)).
– I’m slowly adjusting to Ecuadorian time, as in, I still have UK time in the back of my mind. Right now it’s going to midnight here in Ecuador but I know in the UK, it’s almost 5AM, as in, I’m still translating time, if that makes sense. I don’t think it’s jet lag because I feel fine, but I still automatically think about UK time.
– Basically, I learnt Spanish from teachers from Spain, so alot of the time I pronounce ‘c’ as ‘th’, the way the Spanish do, but here in Ecuador and South America in general ‘c’ is pronounced as ‘is’. I’ve been asked quite a few times where I learnt Spanish and I’ve been told my accent reflects that. Lol! I’m slowly letting go of Spain Spanish — c = th, c = si.
-Everything is so cheap! — food, transport, most things! The bus from Cumbayá (suburb in which I live, it’s just outside the capital city — Quito) to Quito is a 20–25 minute bus ride and costs 25 cents!! Yep, that cheap! Even taxis too!
– Quito is the second highest capital city in South America, La Paz in Bolivia is the highest. So, I knew adjusting to altitude would be a process. But, I’m actually proud of my body, it’s done me so well. I haven’t felt sick once and I feel great, when I arrived I couldn’t and still can’t feel a noticeable difference in terms of the altitude. So, long may it continue! Having said that, I do I get out of breath when walking uphill sometimes lol, but that is normal, I guess? Anyway, I want to climb some mountains here and will be doing acclimatization training soon so that will definitely help.
Cuando empiece este blog, quería escribir en inglés y español. A pesar de pasar semanas sin escribir en español, a partir de ahora, escribiré en ingles y español. Pues, he notado algunas palabras cotidianas aquí en Quito y Cumbayá, pues, esta región de Ecuador.
Full = mucho, e.g “ellos tiene full plata”
Chiquitito = algo muy pequeño
E.g “Mira este chiquitito perro — qué linda es!”
Enjoy the photos! (There are many!)
Originally published at liveinthemoment.co — January 23rd, 2018.