Hi Ho, Hi Ho it´s Off to School I go!
My second week in Ecuador was pretty routine. Went to Spanish School every morning and explored the city every afternoon. Studying spanish is just like being back in school. Get up early, eat some breakfast at the hostel and walk to school with my backpack. Didn`t imagine I would feel so drained after four hours of school each day, hard work. By the end of the week I felt I was starting to make some progress. My point gets across but everything is out of order in the sentence, I´m sure my spanish sounds like the english version of this sign for Laguna Quilotoa.
Saturday I took a trip up the Panamerican Highway to Otovalo. Otovalo hosts a huge market everyday but an even bigger one on Saturdays. The whole town is covered with booths selling everything you can image. Chickens, pigs, lambs, etc. (living or dead), bootleg playstation games & DVDS and anything you would want to wear made out of alpaca wool. Quite an interesting sight. I´ve loaded one picture of the market since it started pouring just after I got to Otovalo.
My school was not in session for Good Friday. Quito has a massive procession to celebrate Good Friday. Tons of people in the parade and watching along the streets of Old Town. Lots of people carrying crosses, wearing a crown of thorns and hands tied up with barbed wire. Some were pretty gruesome. Didn´t take my camera but here is a link to some other photos you can view of the parade if you wish.
The clouds lifted on Easter Sunday for a beautiful day. I spent the day exploring the city and doing homework in the afternoon.
With the addition of a couple of hailstorms and a mild earthquake one night, that about sums up my week.