Yesterday we finished up with our homestay. Our week and a half at Olga and Angel's house was great in so many ways. Living in their house we got to ease into being in a big city. They had lots of ideas for us in terms of where to visit and what places our kids might enjoy best. Having breakfast and dinner prepared for us each day made our daily excursions so easy- we didn't have to go from restaurant to restaurant making numerous choices about what and where to feed our kids. We spoke lots of Spanish and the kids picked up more new words like trenzas ((braids) Olga liked to do Harper's hair,) guayábana (a fruit for smoothies,) and manjar de leche (caramel spread that Diana liked to each from the jar with a spoon.) Although they had never hosted a family before, Olga provided a few great "toys" for Cal and Harper to play at the house. An old truck, poker chips, dominoes, and a couple decks of cards kept our kids busy for long stretches at a time. The game pieces acted as building materials, road sets, babies (when wrapped up in the green felt poker mat) and garbage trucks (surprise, surprise.) Overall, it seemed like the family really enjoyed the energy that Cal and Harper brought to the house. More than once our kids were referred to as the "nietos." (grandkids)
|Cal and Harper with Olga and Diana|
For the weekend we are going to stay here and do things around the city. Today we went to the Natural Science Museum and since it was empty the kids had a ball running from exhibit to exhibit. We hope to go to the TeleferiQo either tomorrow or Sunday, which is a gondola ride up the side of the volcano east of Quito. Also we hope to visit el Mitad del Mundo- the actual place where the equator crosses Ecuador. Touristy, yes, but how can we come here and not lay across the line of the center of the Earth?!?