Archive for May, 2016

Back to the grind

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
Quito

Quito

I got back to Guadalajara last Sunday evening, and it was back to work on Monday. The conference in Quito was so fun and inspirational – the challenge is to find the time to put some of those good ideas into action! Hopefully I’ll succeed.

Wednesday evening I helped with the guards’ English class after work. Friday, John and I met one of his mentees, an entry-level office from Juarez and her partner, for dinner at Alcachofa, our new favorite restaurant. They have an artichoke-Alfredo fettuccine that I just love. The ladies were super nice and fun to visit with.

We’re into a three-day weekend now, and I have to admit we were pretty lazy yesterday. I’ve been fighting a cold all week, but feeling better now. We started getting caught up on “Game of Thrones” – so fun!

Here are a few shots from Quito. To see all of my photos from Quito, click here!

Highway guide

Highway guide

At the market

At the market

Elderly woman with traditional hat

Elderly woman with traditional hat

Snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano at sunset

Snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano at sunset

Street-side sewing

Street-side sewing

Home again!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Today is my return to Guadalajara – it started with an early departure from Quito. I’m currently having lunch in the lounge in Mexico City, waiting for my flight home. While I had a great time in Ecuador, it’s always good to get home!

The conference was very interesting and a lot of fun. We had a great group of folks, and I was happy to see my Islamabad friend Mike and get caught up with him. I also met a lot of new people – some who were in from Washington and others from other posts in Western Hemisphere.

 

With my friend Mike

With my friend Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our meetings were held at the hotel, but we managed to get out for nice dinners in the evening and some sightseeing. Yesterday I went with one of the women in from DC on an all-day tour. We had a great time – the highlight was going to the indigenous market up in the highlands a couple of hours outside of Quito. There were several stops along the way, of course, with ample opportunity to buy chunches, of course! I’ll post pictures next week!

I’ve got my head in the clouds

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Sewing

Sewing

I flew to Quito yesterday for a leadership conference – I flew all day (via Houston) and didn’t get to my hotel until around 1AM. John and I were in Quito back in 2007 when we came for a language immersion before we went to our first post – a lot has happened since then!

I ran into a fellow conference-goer last night at the airport, so we shared a taxi to the hotel, and he joined me on my city tour this afternoon with a tour guide. We had fun – she took us to the old part of the city and we walked around, and we went to several vistas – it’s hard not to have a good view here.

John got home last Sunday night, and we had Tuesday off from work for Mexican Mother’s Day. Thursday night we hosted book club at our house, and Friday night we celebrated my birthday with a lovely dinner at Corazon de Alfachofa.

I’ll leave you with some photos from Quito!

Basket and cathedral

Basket and cathedral

The Virgin on the hill

The Virgin on the hill

Church

Church

Selling trinkets outside the church

Selling trinkets outside the church

Making ice cream

Making ice cream

Carrying baby

Carrying baby

Woman waiting

Woman waiting

Hanging out

Hanging out

Selling watermelons

Selling watermelons

Crossing the street

Crossing the street

Selling food at the foot of the virgin

Selling food at the foot of the virgin

Houses on the hill

Houses on the hill