I have been in Ecuador for over a month now. Here are some of the highlights from my Quito Photo Journal:
Upon arrival, I participated in an orientation where I learned a lot about Quito. We explored the Historic Center of Ecuador, which is very beautiful. There is a street where no cars can drive, it and it reminds me of State Street in Madison, Wisconsin because cars aren’t allowed to drive there either.
Then, I moved in with my host family. They are really swell people!
BCA Classes and Excursions
I started my intensive Spanish and culture class. I feel like my speaking has really improved in a short time!
On a BCA excursion we visited Cochasquí, the largest Pre-Columbian archaeological site in Ecuador. Here I am feeding some llamas at the base of the ancient pyramids!
I also visited the Equator!
I bought pan flute, because they are so popular here. I have been learning some songs.
Trip to the Amazon Rainforest
My next BCA trip was to the Amazon rainforest.
I took part in the toxic tour where I learned about how Chevron oil Company has turned parts of the Amazon into plastic and caused cancer rates of locals to skyrocket. There is currently a lawsuit against them. Check out this video to learn more, I really encourage watching it!
Here is a photo of a Chevron oil pump that has been leaking since 1988.
The Amazon is very picturesque: (But it won’t be forever if consumerism continues to penetrate our culture)
In the Amazon, a monkey sat on my shoulder and I fed a turtle!
Study Abroad Life
Classes have just started and I am really liking them so far!
Sometimes I feel a little homesick, but that’s OK because most of the time everything is AWESOME!
Annika is a Manchester University student from Madison, Wisconsin. She’s a junior majoring in Peace Studies and Social Work, as well as minoring in Spanish.