Climbing Cotopaxi

When living in a foreign country, it is always good to take advantage of all of the tourism the country has to offer. So when we moved to Ecuador, we visited the Mitad del Mundo (middle of the world), rode the gondola called the Teleférico that took us to the top of the mountain surrounding Quito called Pichincha and hiked up one of the snow-capped mountains, Cotopaxi.

Vn. Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi, one of the three snow-capped mountains that surround Quito, Ecuador. Photo retrieved from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Cotopaxi_volcano_2008-06-27T1322.jpg

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A mouthful of stitches (part 2)

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Quito, Ecuador – A bad car accident

One difference that many people will point out between Ecuador and the United States is the concept of personal space, and this can be seen the most with driving. Because of the unconcern, traffic in Ecuador is more dangerous and requires drivers to be more alert to what is going on around them.

Despite the increased risk, my family has only been involved in three car accidents in the nine years they have been living there. I was there for two of them and was only badly hurt in one. Continue reading