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Ecuadorian Serenades

ECUADOR | Sunday, 3 October 2010 | Views [767]

Finally landed in Quito, Ecuador after a 44 hour journey! But it was worth it :) Coming from Egypt it was such a refreshing sensation seeing all this greenery. And then going through the old city it felt like I went back in time. As if nothing has changed since the Spanish were here... little cobble streets and little 2 storey homes with colorful wooden windows with little dogs barking from behind them.

I was joined by Trent, my documentary mentor, Christina from World Nomads and Marcelo and Eduardo, our Ecuadorian friends and guides from Gap Adventures. My introduction to the city was from the roof of a magnificent church that overlooked the whole city. It´s always struck me, the significance of religion or faith in every city I´ve been to. Whether it´s the pyramids of the ancient Egyptians and Aztecs in Mexico or the mosques of modern Cairo and churches of Mexico city.

As the sun set down we had a soothing warm ¨Canela¨..a drink made from cinammon and Amazonian fruits, which was sipped whilst listening to Ecuadorian serenades played by two old brothers with guitars. And that is when I realised änd told my new friends with a smile ¨Hey, I´m in Ecuador.¨

Tags: documentary, ecuador, egypt, scholarship

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