I met a young woman, Maria Louisa, who was studying in Puerto Allegro in Brazil. She was the daughter of Ximena, a friend of a couple I knew in Baltimore. Maya and I spent an afternoon with them in their home with their three dogs. Maya was thrilled to play with the Akido, the bulldog and the yorkie. I asked lost of questions about schools and what it was like to live in Quito. The husband, Mauricio, was a musician and a music teacher at SEK, one of the schools I was interested in looking at for Maya. Maria Louisa expressed such pride about her country, in its history and its variety and its very different regions and people. She felt that while in Quito, we should go exploring every weekend to experience all the different possibilities in and around the city, that we will be thrilled and excited by all that we will see. It was wonderful to hear Maria Lousia talk about how she felt about Ecuador. She truly believed that there is no better place to live than in Quito.
I am not sure I liked our guide Jorge. He was never accurately translating Spanish. He edited and altered all that he heard and when he did not like what was said, he just told us what he wanted to hear. That aside, it was delightful to hear him talk about his country and its history. He was one of the people who was insistent that Ecuadorian history began long before the Incas or the Spaniards and was eager for us to learn this and feel it and know it.
Ecuador is rich in history and in stories and it has colour and energy. It is a small country, limited in size and population, but there is much to see and do and learn from . I think our time there will be interesting and exciting. I hope that all of our friends and family will have the opportunity to visit us while we are living there.