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Tales of a Travelling Englishman (Ecuador - Part 7)

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A July 2007 trip to Cotopaxi by Shady Ady

Cotopaxi National Park Photo, Cotopaxi, Ecuador More Photos
Quote: An account of my stay in Ecuador, living on the slopes of Cotopaxi Volcano, the worlds highest active volcano, where I am teaching English.

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Cotopaxi National Park Photo, Cotopaxi, Ecuador
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Having lived on the slopes of Cotopaxi Volcano for almost a year you could say it's a little rude I haven't yet ventured into the national park itself. The summit of Cotopaxi volcano is an amazing spectacle if you are lucky enough to venture here on a clear day, the symmetrical 5897m peak resembling that of an ice-cream cone rather than the explosive centre of the world’s highest volcano. The first thing you notice when arriving into the park are hauntingly beautiful sights in every direction, not just of the volcano itself. It's impossible not to be mesmerised by the impounding beauty of the place, whether it be staring upwards towards the volcano summit from the comfort of the refuge, ta...Read More

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Week 89 - Mystic Ninja (Ecuador)

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Maraton de Quito Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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With my marathon in Quito (www.maratondequito.com) looming I headed to the countries capital, full of hope and determination at something resembling success. I'm happy to say this was achieved, completing the marathon at an altitude of 2,800m with only two-weeks training, taking in the sights and delights of La Parque Carolina, around which most of the marathon was run. My time wasn't great, finishing in five hours and nineteen minutes, a full fifty minutes slower than Oprah Winfreys last marathon. Regardless, I think it still counts as one of my greatest achievements. Being the first placed European across the line would have been nice too, but the closing...Read More

Week 90 & 91 - Brain Dead (Ecuador)

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Quito Fieldtrip - Parque La Carolina Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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As my time in Ecuador quickly comes to a close it's still hard to believe I'm leaving, especially considering my appalling level of Spanish. With other volunteers who have been here for the majority of my stay also disappearing, my departure is quickly becoming a reality.Some of the recent volunteer departures have been a little like losing a fans favourite from Big Brother, the only one that understood my sarcasm. Other departures have been more of a relief, like the switching off of life support for a brain dead relative. Living without them no doubt seems strange and it's hard not to reminisce over times spent together, but in the end there is more a feeling of relief rather than one fu...Read More

Week 92 - Cumbaya My Lord (Ecuador)

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Puerto Lopez Photo, Ecuador, South America
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With just two weeks left in Ecuador I thought it was about time to partake in a good old fashioned trip to the seaside, something I haven't really done since my childhood years, where many beaches in Great Britain were visited, almost always during the cheaper, colder, and rainy off-season. This trip was no different. If I'd realised such a road trip was so quick, simple and would come complete with crazy bus conductors swinging through windows while travelling at 90km, a skill circus performers would admire, there is no doubting more coastal trips would have been undertaken. With so many destinations to choose from it was the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez that won the honour...Read More

Week 93 - This Old Man (Ecuador)

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End of Year Performance! Photo, Cotopaxi, Ecuador
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Who would believe the dream is now over. A year after entering Ecuador and receiving my first taste of rose plantation life; feeling a little vulnerable, friendless and with a total lack of Spanish, I have now left this country, still vulnerable, still virtually friendless and as for my Spanish, well, lets not talk about that. Although demanding at times, it's not all been bad, in fact it's been one of my most satisfying accomplishments.Being the only father figure that many of my young students had, you would have thought a tearful emotion filled send-off would have been received, a loving figure wrenched from the hearts and grasp of these deprived children. Luckily for my own fragile fe...Read More