Hey y’all! Tomorrow is my last day in Quito (v. early saturday flight) and I wanted to share some of my favorite sights before I left and got absorbed in New York/family lovefests. This week has been a lot better, health-wise and attitude wise. My friend Jenna came into Quito last friday and we had a great touristy day together and I even felt well … Continue reading Abigail Talks: How to have fun in Quito
Buying souvenirs while traveling is always a tricky proposition. First, there’s logistics. Do you want to carry around your new purchase until you get home? Will it break/spill/shatter in your luggage? Second, there’s ethics. Is this product made locally by people who are paid fairly or is it made in China? Is the price fair or absurdly gouged because you’re an extranjera? Who knows? Last week, … Continue reading Shop till you drop in Otavalo
I’m a creature of habit. I like lists, routines, schedules, the whole nine yards. I check the same blogs every morning, I usually have the same thing for breakfast and I always have my wake up time end with the same digit. Those are routines I can complete anywhere but so many of my other routines involve people. Eating lunch with someone every monday, buying … Continue reading Quito for One
Hi from Quito, This weekend, I took a trip down (literally, there was way more oxygen) to Mindo with Jenna, a friend of a friend who is working in a rural community in the mountains near Kayembe. Her life is totally different than mine, think bucket baths and very repetitive meals but she has a lot more companionship as there are other volunteers in her … Continue reading Mindo on my mind: A weekend getaway
Hi everyone, I’m writing from Quito, Ecuador, the highest capital city in the world. I’m here thanks to a grant from Penn to do research for my history thesis. Obviously my three weeks here are completely different in structure and purpose from my time in Mexico but there are a few common challenges. As in Mexico, I’m staying in a hotel for the first few … Continue reading Ecuador, I’m here!!