Back in Ecuador!

Posted by Cassie, September 24th, 2010

It’s been seven years since I studied abroad in Ecuador, and it’s been a lot of fun wandering around Quito where I spent three months. Some things are just as I remembered them, but some things are different. One of my favorite things about Quito was weekends in Parque La Carolina. I would go for a run in the park watching all the people enjoying the park. The best part was a couple aerobics instructors that would teach a free class in the middle of the park for anyone who wanted to join. It was lots of fun to go back to the park and see that it was just as I remembered it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Aerobics in the park!

One great new addition to Quito is the bike lanes along Amazonas. Every other Sunday, they actually close down Amazonas street for bikers. Last Sunday, we rented bikes and rode throughout the city. There were lots of other bikers out riding, taking advantage of the closed down streets.

Riding bikes in Quito

Riding bikes in Quito

Some of the changes in Quito have not been as great. Unfortunately, they tore down the old bus terminal in the Old Town of Quito. Now, there are two bus terminals, one for buses south of Quito and one for buses north of the city. Neither bus terminal is convenietly located. We took a bus to go on a hike around Cotopaxi, and it took us about 45 minutes to an hour in a taxi to get to the south bus terminal. The bus terminal was new and very nice, but it is very inconveniently located. It used to be so easy to go to the bus terminal in the Old Town. You could take the trole there in about 10-15 minutes, and then, you would be off to any part of Ecuador. Now, it is huge pain to travel by bus outside Quito.

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