Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Potpourri of Photos!


I have several photos that I’ve collected over the past months that I would like to share.  I hope you enjoy seeing a wide

assortment of photos in this post.  As always, thanks for joining me on this journey . . . I appreciate it.

chimborazoHere is a picture of me after hiking part of Chimborazo.

This volcano is a beautiful sight in Riobamba and was amazing to hike too!

barcelona game

I went to a Barcelona (from Guayaquil – not Spain) soccer game and LOVED it.  You can see from the picture

how passionate fans are for their team . . . especially the guy who climbed the fence!  How fun!

ile christmasThe school where I teach English went Christmas caroling one evening at a park and at a few other areas in town.

This picture was taken right before we left to impress everyone with our beautiful singing voices.


One day, my school served food to homeless individuals in the Riobamba community.  In addition,

some of the younger students from the school sang Christmas carols.  It was a great day!

holding hands

I promise this is not supposed to be a “butt-shot” of my students.  I simply want you to see how sweet

the Ecuadorian culture is and how oftentimes when girlfriends walk places together – they hold hands.  I love it!

maria cookingMaria is an amazing cook!  Here she is preparing lunch one day.

It was very hard work grinding the plantains and then making soup.  Way to go Maria!


Here is a picture of the classroom at my school.  Yes, there is a post in the middle of

the room.  But surprisingly, the post isn’t quite as distracting as you might think! 🙂

meatballsMy school had a Food Fair in which each class researched a country, made food from the country, and presented

it to others at a celebration.  My class learned about Sweden and did a fabulous job presenting their research.

sweden Here are two of my wonderful students, Jhon and Veronica, from the Food Fair!  Notice the signs in the background too!

bday partyI had the opportunity to attend a child’s birthday party a few weeks ago.  This picture shows the clowns

at the party (very common in Ecuador) lighting the candles on the cake.  Also, I promise the clown on the right

wasn’t as creepy as he looks in the picture . . . the lighting was just at an awkward angle at that moment.

cesar and his family

Here is a picture of my Spanish teacher, Cesar, and his family.

Cesar puts up with my struggling Spanish skills for 2 hours each day . . . poor guy!

caballos For the first time in my life, I went on a horseback riding tour!  How fun!  My friend, Ali, and I went to Banos

(2 hours from Riobamba) and went on a tour up a mountain.  It was great – despite the constant rain! 🙂


During the trip to Banos, we also saw some amazing plants.  Here is one of them!  Cool, huh?


Here is a picture of some meat I saw one day when I was walking down the street.

I had to look twice to see if I was really looking at a cut up pig in the back of a truck.  Blech.


As families in Ecuador decorate their homes for Christmas, many make a Nativity scene like this.

The scenes are elaborate and they are interesting to look at.  This one is at the house of my host family in Quito.


Ecuador is one of the top exporters of flowers in the world.  Every time I have an opportunity,

I enjoy walking past florists on one particular street in Riobamba.  They are beautiful!


Now it’s your turn . . . you have a job!  Please reply by posting a comment below.  I love hearing from you guys!

  • Which picture from above is your favorite?  Why do you like this picture?
  • What would you like to see more pictures of in Ecuador?  I am more than happy to take requests!

Observations from Riobamba



 *you walk into a bathroom and see toilet paper, soap, and paper towels and think, “Wow . . . this bathroom is nice!”

*you learn to say chau, instead of adios, when leaving for the day.

*you wonder what kind of soup you are going to have with lunch because Ecuadorians have soup everyday at lunch.

*you get excited when you have the opportunity to buy a refrigerated drink.

*you see a man peeing on the side of the road and don’t think much of it.

*you look forward to bus trips because vendors get on and off selling tasty food.

*you expect bus rides to cost about $1.00 per hour.

*you pass bootleg video stores on a daily basis and forget how illegial that concept is in the U.S.

*you go on a walk to the park and naturally avoid cows walking on the same sidewalk.

*you look forward to seeing what Chimborazo looks like everyday.

*you kiss people on the cheek when you see or meet them.

*you pay 15 cents to use a public bathroom and think it’s worth it.

*you look forward to promotional saldo days for your cell phone.

*you frequently pack toilet paper in your bag because most bathrooms don’t have it.

*you walk down the street and don’t flinch anymore to avoid dog poop on the sidewalks.

*you get used to hearing people say, “Buenos dias, mi hija.” (Good morning, my daughter.)

*your English class “officially” begins at 5:00pm, but no one shows up until 5:05pm or 5:10pm – and that is normal.

*you get bummed out when you have a $20 bill because no one likes to take large bills.

*you learn how to flag taxis down like a pro.

*you come home from work and look forward to what kind of new, fresh bread is in the kitchen.

*you don’t think twice about using bottled water to brush your teeth anymore.

*you get used to seeing babies and kids in cars, without carseats.

*you are used to putting toilet paper in the trash can, instead of the toilet.

*you haggle with taxi drivers when they try to charge you $1.25, instead of $1.00.

*you learn how to cross the street without getting hit  by a car, bus or motorcycle.

*you aren’t surprised when you see an entire family (dad, mom, and kids) riding on a motorcycle or bike.