Hi family and friends-

Our apologies for the delay in blogging, we were having a few technical difficulties. But what a day!

Today, our focus was on learning about the history and culture of Ecuador. Our leaders of the day, Sydney and Guadalupe, woke us up at 7:30 in the morning (that’s sleeping in…) to get ready for our day out in Riobamba. Breakfast consisted of delicious fresh squeezed raspberry juice, croissants with cheese and berry jam, fresh fruit, and scambled eggs. We’re learning to try new foods and eat slowly, as the meals come to use course after course.

After breakfast, we gathered in our meeting space to go over safety of being here in Riobamba before we took off to the city center. We talked about sticking together, crossing the street (the cars move super fast!), and how to take care of ourselves when we are feeling tired, sick, and missing home. Next, we piled into the bus and took a 10 minute drive and were dropped off in an unknown location in town. In teams of five, we were given scavenger hunt questions, a picture, and the directive to be back at Plaza Roja at 12:30. We found ourselves meandering the city center of Riobamba, stumbling upon beautiful buildings and parks, plazas, and architecture. We had to ask the locals how to get different places and about the surrounding area of Ecuador. They were super friendly and helpful. We found out the Riobamba was the original capital, but most everything was destroyed in an earthquake, and they moved the capital to Quito.

After learning about the city and its history, we we went back to our hostel to freshen up, eat lunch, and learn how to teach English as tomorrow (Monday) is our first day to teach!

Next, we hopped back on the bus and went to a restaurant called La Nativa, owned by Chef Cesar and we learned how to cook empanadas from scrath. For most of use, the didn’t quite look like empanadas, but they sure did taste like them. All we can tell you is BUTTER. While the empanadas were cooking, we dined on ceviche and the wait staff passed around fruit for us to try that was indigenous to the mountains and rainforest of Ecuador.

When we returned, happy and full, we sat down with our co-teachers and began to nervously plan for our first lesson. We’re paired with students ages 12-18 with various English abilities. With a help from our Global Glimpse leaders and program coordinators, we developed lessons and thought up games to play. We’ll let you know how it goes! Finally, some big love (shout outs) to our family of 26 and free time before lights out.

We wanted to send some extra special big love to all the fathers and step-fathers in our lives. WE LOVE YOU!