Hola a todos!
It’s time for another update. So far, I am loving Quito. The city is full of life, and there is always an abundance of activities to do. On Saturday, a group of friends and I went to karaoke—a very common weekend pastime here. While I tried my best to sing La Camisa Negra and Bailando, I much preferred to listen to others sing and learn a few dance moves from them as well. On Sunday, I went for a nice run en El Parque Carolina, and then proceeded to get lost. That was fun. I had to ask about 10 people for directions before I finally made my way back. Turns out, my gut instinct was leading me correctly; it was the multiple conflicting directions that I got from pedestrians and policemen that really got me confused.
On Monday, I started school. Like I previously mentioned, USFQ is a beautiful campus. I now have my class schedule set, and I think that I will have a great semester of classes. My most interesting class right now is Theory of Jazz (conveniently taught in English) because the professor is this really cute older-aged man who wears music-note bow ties and enthusiastically dances to the jazz music that he plays for our class. My other classes (in Spanish) are also going well. I am especially excited to work on my research project this semester. My professor is so kind and helpful. I think that she will be a really great mentor for me.
On Wednesday, a group of us went to the first Ecuabuddies event of the semester. About 100 people or so all ate at a pizza place for dinner, and then we went to a nearby discoteca to dance the night away. It was so much fun to be able to meet some of the Ecuabuddies and to meet more people in the exchange program at USFQ. In case you were concerned, I made it to my 8:30am class on Thursday just fine 😉
On Friday, since we have no classes, a group of us went to El Mercado Artesanal. There I got a lovely alpaca shawl/blanket scarf for $6. I think it will be perfect for when I return to the horrid Wisconsin winter.
Later that night, the SNC gang, our friend Andrea, plus a bunch of Ecuabuddies decided to go to an all you can eat sushi place. We started off getting about 20 sushi rolls for the 11 of us. That went fine. Then, someone decided to order more… and by more, I mean 20 more sushi rolls. The real kicker was that we would be charged for any leftover sushi that was uneaten. It took us 3 hours to consume—or creatively get rid of— all of this sushi. I’ve never eaten so much sushi before in my life. It was definitely a unique experience, and we all at a lot of fun.
That is all for now. I’ve really enjoyed getting to explore Quito these past two weeks, and I can’t wait to see more of Ecuador soon.