And now here I am in Ibarra. Yay!
Reasons why Ibarra is better than Quito:
- I can walk everywhere! Granted it might be a 45 minute walk to the other side of town, but I can walk anywhere I want to.
- There are a few taxi drivers and I haven´t taken one yet but they seem nice. They don´t honk at me as I walk down the street and say ¨Gringa, need a taxi!?¨
- My host family is nice to me. I have a mom (who pretty much works all the time but she is super nice), a dad (who also works all the time), 2 brothers who study in Quito and come home for the weekends, and a brother who is in high school. They all want to help me learn Spanish and understand that I don´t know a lot.
- We have an empleada who cooks all the food (so it´s very yummy)
- I eat weird things at weird times. Yesterday morning I had corn and cheese for breakfast and cereal with strawberry yogurt for dinner.
- They have an awesome TV with tons of channels. I watched Tarzan yesterday.
- My school is so cute! I have my own classroom and the grounds have a bunch of gardens and a very nice gardner who brings me plantains that grow in the garden.
- My schedule is from 3-8. I teach one class of kids and two mixed classes. And I only teach from Monday-Thursday.
- There is a festival this weekend, one on the 28th and another on October 2nd. Yes, dad, more parties.
- My family is considering getting wireless (yay!)
- The other worldteach volunteer in Ibarra (from the February group) is super cool and from London.
- Everything closes from 11-2 in the afternoon because it is lunch and ciesta time.
- I have a nice shower with hot water and a nice bedroom with tons of closet space.
I´m sure there are more reasons but that is the list for now. The only negatives are that since it´s a smaller city there aren´t really places to take Spanish classes and there isn´t much of a ¨going out¨ scene. Hopefully I can convince someone to teach me Spanish because I need it!
That´s all for now. I shall update more soon!