Whitney's Story Index:

Ao final

Son in the sky


Vida Dura

Un lugar para mi

Crossed the border

Quiero mas tiempo!

Yay for a shower!

New coast for me!

The ocean calls

Tierra Dura

Time to dry

Rolling with it

Viviendo la vida

Day BA

Bangkok, Thailand

Day trip to Bowen

Bouldering trip

Beach volleyball!

time for school

Mailing address


The Last Supper

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