After spending a quick 3 days in Panama City, Panama, I flew south on Copa Airlines to Quito, Ecuador; while my daughter, Stephanie, flew home to Oklahoma City.
I had been in Quito once before about 3 years ago while studying Spanish in a jungle immersion program near Tena, Ecuador on the Napo River.
My plan was to spend one week in Quito, studying Spanish at the Academia de Espanol, while living with a local family to whom the school would assign me. I generally use langlink.com to arrange my schools. They always do a great job for me.
In addition to Spanish school, I would travel to as much of the surrounding area as possible. For example, I always wanted to visit the market in Otavalo, as well as the museum of the equator outside of Quito. This would be my chance.
A friend of mine from Oklahoma City, Jim Couch, already happened to be studying for two weeks at the same school in Quito. Some of our days would overlap. By the time I arrived, Jim would already know the city and would have a couple of days to help me get quickly acclimated to the area, public transportation, etc., before he returned home.
When I arrived on Saturday afternoon flight from Panama, Jim was at the airport, as well as Arturo, the representative from the school, Academia de Espanol. Arturo would take me to meet the family with whom I would be living.
Quito sits at 9,200 feet and was cool and rainy on arrival day. A far cry from the climate of Panama.
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