onsdag 8. oktober 2008
Galapagos 29.9-4.10 - Learning spanish II
Sadly I had to keep to my room for a whole day, since I had my first encounter with stomachsickness on my trip. I guess it´s part of the whole experience to get sick a few times like this. After all, I have to risk something if I want to try different kinds of local food. But I´ll be more careful with the tapwater now...
The sickness was a setback for my spanish, so I didn´t learn as much as the first week. But still I can enough to make some easy conversations, although mostly using only present.
Quito 22-26.9 - Learning spanish I
The days went really fast, and we had a lot of homework. So not too much time for sightseeing. But I made it to Mitad del Mundo, witch is a visitor center at the equatorline. Really turisty but good fun to watch the water spinning in different directions on each side of the equatorline. I also needed to taste the famous cuy or guinea-pig. This is a very traditional dish in Ecuador and also in Peru. It tastes like chicken, but sure doesn´t look like one.
One day I wanted to try jogging in the forest, just to see how exhausting it would be. It was not too bad, but for me impossible to do more than fast walking uphill.
mandag 6. oktober 2008
Rucu Pichinca (4800 meters), Cartrouble on the way to Vulcan Cotopaxi, Mmm, cuy (Guinea-Pig).
The first day in Quito I walked from the new town to the old town. The old town is a UNESCO world heritage site with lots of building from the colonial times. I stayed at a hostel called L`Auberge Inn witch is situated between the new and the old town. Quito is about 3000 meters above sea level, so I tried to take it easy the first days, not too much activities. But the third day, I couldn`t wait any longer to get into the mounteins. I signed up for this mountainbike-tour at Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi is the second highest mountain (and an sleeping vulcano) in Ecuador, at ca. 5800 m. The guide took us to the up to the rifugio/hut at 4800 meters. We had to stop for catching up our breath all of the time. From the hut we were going further to check out a glacier. But some lightening/thunder and hagel made us turn around. Anyway, the bikeride down the mountain was great fun and the views were spectacular, even with almost abscence of breaks. The next day I went hiking on another mountain near Quito. There is a cabel transport (Teleferiqo) up to 4100 meters and from there you can walk up to Rucu Pichincha, witch is at 4700 meters. This second day of hiking I felt that my body could manage the altitude better. It was alot of clouds on the top, so I couldn´t enjoy the great view that this mountain might have.
It´s really important to get up early in Quito, because early in the afternoon the clouds start rolling in. This often result in thunder up in the mountains. 3 guys were killed by lightening on this top (Rucu P.) earlier this year.
Down in Quito I felt the headache coming, witch is natural when you´re not used to the altitude. It also started pouring down and lightening was striking all over Quito, so I guess I made it beck from the mountain just in time. I only felt sorry for all the guys I met going up when I was going down.
On sunday I decided to take it more easy since I was sick of this headache. I had a late breakfast in the old town and later had a coffee and a great view of the city from cafe mosaico. I was going to check out Quitofest (a large festival with local music) in a parc nearby, but the ques were milelong and I was a littlebit afraid of getting robbed.