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Perhaps the best way to get to know a country and learn a language is with the traveling classroom. This special learning experience takes you to 4 places in Ecuador where you will learn Spanish at every destination and do various activities including surfing! Jorienke made this wonderful trip through Ecuador and made a short report of each week. Today’s report for the first week!
Jorienke and The Travelling Classroom
Wow, the adventure is starting! My journey through South and Central America starts with the traveling classroom, because that way I not only learn Spanish, but also get to know Ecuador. The first week takes place in Quito and I sleep with a Swiss boy in a host family close to the school. The location is ideal and the family members overload us with tips on what we can do. Because I traveled to Quito the day before, I have time to do something myself. I decide to go to Teleférico where you can go up a mountain with a gondola and where you have a fantastic view over Quito! The transition from the Netherlands to an altitude of 4100m within 24 hours is noticeable, but wow what a view !! Literally a highlight to start with 🙂
The first lessons of Jorienke
The lessons start on Monday and the teachers try to teach us as much Spanish as possible in a short time. We have lunch every day at local restaurants where you get soup, a main course and fruit juice for just $ 2.50. It all tastes great and the people are super friendly. On Tuesday we discover the old center of Quito and on Wednesday we go to Mitad del Mundo after a cooking class where we make empañadas. It is special to stand on the equator and experience this. On Thursdays we went to Teleférico again and end the day with a swinging salsa. On Friday the last day of the first week has arrived and we have time for ourselves in the afternoon. The Cotopaxi volcano is on the program on Saturday. We leave early in the morning and drive in the national park to the foot of the volcano. Through rain, storm and cold we walk to the base camp at 4868 meters! Wow, that’s pretty high for someone who normally lives below sea level !! The hike is tough because of the altitude and I get a little sick, but it is such a great challenge! Unfortunately, the top of the Cotopaxi is not visible, but we have touched the snow. Tired but satisfied we drive back to Quito and pack our things. Tomorrow we leave for the jungle and my time in Quito is already over.