Whitney's Story Index:


Ao final
07/13/2014

Son in the sky
07/12/2014

Recife
06/27/2014


Vida Dura
06/23/2014


Un lugar para mi
09/09/2011

Crossed the border
08/18/2011

Quiero mas tiempo!
07/31/2011


Yay for a shower!
07/19/2011

New coast for me!
07/15/2011

The ocean calls
07/09/2011


Tierra Dura
06/26/2011

Time to dry
06/24/2011


Rolling with it
06/09/2011

Viviendo la vida
04/27/2011











Day BA
02/24/2009








Bangkok, Thailand
09/13/2008




Day trip to Bowen
06/25/2008














Bouldering trip
03/17/2008

Beach volleyball!
03/14/2008



time for school
03/06/2008




Mailing address
02/27/2008


Townsville!
02/25/2008


The Last Supper
02/16/2008

First off, let's catch up: Where's Whitney?

Alright, so time to get back into the blogging groove o' things, ey?... This is going to be a fairly disheveled mash of info and observations here - there's a lot to say, and no organized way to do so.

Well, the years have passed since my last round of international adventures, and now I'm out again, in a whole new part of the world - Latin America! It has been my destination for some time now, and I have finally managed to make it happen. I have found a beautiful opportunity in which I can combine travel with work experience. I am currently in Quito, Ecuador, assisting a Marine Ecology masters student with his field work (out on the coast).

So I will be spending one week of every month splashing around tide-pools and collecting data, and the other three weeks of the month will be spent in a nice suburb outside of Quito. I have yet to find out what the three weeks will be filled with, but right now it's looking like: some analysis/ processing of the field data, playing with the university women's soccer team (sports are not so much a women's thing here, I'll just say that), taking Spanish classes at the university (I have some learning to do!), and hopefully visiting nearby mountains, hiking around the highlands.

So since I have no way of organizing my thoughts, let's just do the good ol' bullet-point string of thought!

  • Quito is high elevation - about 9,350ft. The air is thin, but fortunately I haven't really had much of a problem adjusting.

  • It's sunny here. A lot. It's pretty much like a California summer all the time. At least that's how it is in Cumbaya, the suburb I live in, which is 400m lower (about 1300') than Quito, and supposedly much better weather than Quito itself.

  • I live with the masters student I am working for, his wife, and his wife's brother. I have my own room in a comfortable house in a good neigborhood, 10 minutes walking distance from the Universidad de San Francisco.

  • The air smells like flowers and cut grass around here. Would prolly be a different story if I were in Quito.

  • I've been very tired at the end of every day. New culture, trying to learn/absorb a new language, altitude, sunshine... leaves me pooped early and keeps me sleeping long! Also... haven't gotten into a regular eating schedule/ diet, so that likely plays a part as well.

All in all, life is still rockin'. And my blogs should get more inspired as I get back into the rhythm of it and don't feel so tired.


Posted by Whitney 01/13/2011, revised 01/14/2011 by Whitney