So for those of you with whom I have not had the good fortune of speaking, I returned to Quito from the beautiful town of Baños, Ecuador late last night. Although we planned to be back earlier, a 4 car accident gave us a little bit more traffic and it took us more time to get back.
That being said, I’m sorry this post is late.
As far as the weekend goes, we had an amazing time in that little town. We stayed at a little hostel in the town and it was amazing. In fact, this was just outside our room that we got to stay in for less than $20 for the whole weekend. (Please disregard the other people who are complete strangers but photobombed anyways.)
I would also like to take this time to say that the hostels here are very nice. We got 4 rooms during our stay and although only my friend Ben and I shared our room, no one else stayed with us (there were 2 more beds and this is with the exception of visitors)
ALSO WE GOT TO EAT THINGS LIKE THIS FOR LESS THAN $3
(The picture of me eating the pile of fruit and pancake goodness was lost somewhere, so please enjoy this picture of my friend Christie eating hers)
Besides the great food and lodging we also had some other pretty cool experiences. For example, I propelled down a few waterfalls, which was pretty epic.
(Picture courtesy of Alex the waterfall propelling guide guy. No copyright infringement is possible because he gave us these pictures as part of our package.)
Even more epic, however, was the part after the propelling, in which I got to JUMP OFF a waterfall cliff. Sadly, I don’t have a pic of me doing it, but I have before and after pics to share.
(heres the before picture that Yang took. Please disregard my slightly crooked helmet and appreciate the long way down)
More pictures. It was probably over 100ft. I’m very happy to have done this even though it was probably one of the scariest parts of my life. jumping down and just spending a few brief moments suspended in the air felt amazing and freeing. Definitely a highlight of my time abroad so far.
Later in the day, we visited Casa de Arbol which like the name implies is a treehouse. But it is special for a swing. What makes it special? Well, hopefully this picture will answer that.
(Photo courtesy of Yang. No copyright infringement intended and I’m pretty sure she took the photo for me to have so yeah, its a swing that goes over a cliff.)
Then we went home and had dinner and rested. Dinner was yummy and rest was needed after a day of climbing, hiking, propelling, and overcoming scary situations.
We awoke the next day to climb a mountain and find a cross. Why? Our first two nights, we saw a brilliantly shining cross up in the mountains that looked almost like it was hanging in the night sky. So of course, we figured, why not climb it?
It was a long and steep climb with many breaks, but we did finally make it!
(Ben and Micha and I aka Three’s a Crowd Bunch at the top of the mountain.)
(The cross and the landscape.)
After returning from the climb, we had a hardy breakfast and went to church in the Basilica, which was very pretty and full of gold. After learning about a few of the miracles of the town of “sacred water,” we checked out of the hostel, got lunch, went on a bus, got caught in traffic, and took a taxi home.
as for today, I had my Spanish class final and got my Biology test back from last week. The whole class got A’s for the first biology class and we have no idea how we did in Spanish. That’s about it. I will now conclude this long post and I hope to post again tomorrow!
Thanks and Hugs,