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March 26, 2010

Made it to Quito

I know i'm not in the best shape, but why am I winded going up just 1.5 flights of stairs? Oh, right, I'm at 9,186 feet.

Arrived in Quito, Ecuador at around 9pm, with my friend Gorki and his wife and 5-year-old daughter there at the airport to greet me. What a luxury! I love being met at the airport. They took me to my hotel and now here I am, supposedly in a place with internet but I can't get on it, so I'll just have to post this tomorrow.

The air is delicious. Barely cool without being cold. It's lovely.

[Miami airport.]

Right. My mom just asked (now that I'm online) if I got to see anything out my window on the way from Miami to Quito. I was talking to her in the airport and we were trying to figure out which side of the plane would have the better views, and I was lamenting that, since I was on the east side, I'd miss seeing the sunset. Well, it turned out to not matter. As it happens, row 13 has NO WINDOWS. How's that for unlucky? Freakin' row 13....

[Morning view of Quito from my hotel room.]

Gorki picked me up from the hotel this morning (THANKS Gorki--I feel so wonderfully spoiled) (and THANKS Marianne--I got a ride TO the airport, in Denver, as well) and brought me and my stuff to the Instituto Geofisico, which resides within the Escuela Politecnica Nacional. I have a desk (table with a Christmasy tablecloth and some lovely houseplants on it) (except for the one that appears to be dead) and Gorki introduced me around and got me set up for internet and now here I am. With this view out the window beside me:

[View from the window at the Instituto.]

I think it's going to be a good couple of months.

Posted by beth at March 26, 2010 4:35 PM

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I like the view from your office!

How long are you going to live at the hotel?

Posted by: Nicole at March 26, 2010 6:21 PM

Yes, but who will be picking you UP from the airport?


Posted by: Jubus LeFrubus at March 28, 2010 4:22 PM

I hope hope hope it's my honey!

Posted by: Beth at March 28, 2010 6:07 PM

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