Hablamos Espagnol muy bien a hora!

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

That means we speak better spanish now (I hope - if not please correct me).

Monday afternoon did 4 hours of Spanish lessons with Tanya - was just Dave and I and costs only $7.20 an hour. Tuesday did 6 hours and the same again on Wednesday. We had homework as well and have been watching Spanish tv so we feel like our Spanish has come on a lot in such a short time. However, we are still pretty basic but can get by a lot better. We even know future and past tenses! Just shows how much more you learn with just two of you. Confidence has certainly grown but just need to keep practicing. Will keep doing Spanish everyday now on our trip and potentially come back and see Tanya when we are back here in 4 months and give her our homework back! Only problem has been trying to get to sleep as we are both trying to translate our thoughts into Spanish.

Consequently we havenīt seen much of Quito yet! We have spent a fair amount of time wandering around the Mariscal or tourist area which is full of bars and restaurants of all kinds. Have had a great Ecuadorian meal (rice, chicken, milanese style pork, salad and chips seem to be their basic staples), a Swiss and Indian one (they were cheap). Our evening meals have cost us about $5 for both of us, while we have made sandwiches ourselves for lunch for a dollar or so. Behind our hostel is a square with a few cafes where we have spent time doing our Spanish drinking fantastic hot chocolate - literally proper chocolate in hot milk - highly addictive. It is nearly as addictive as the chocolate cake we have found in a mini market for 40 cents a slice. Fortunately we are leaving tomorrow!

Doesnt really feel like we are in South America yet as where we have been has been very western apart from the odd reminder e.g. women in pork pie hats with ponchos selling stuff out of baskets. We head to Otavalo tomorrow just north of Quito so am sure it will feel a lot more real there.

Today we got up early to watch the Ecuador v Costa Rica match at 8am. There was never any chance of us oversleeping as from 7.15am you could hear the build up from the tvs across the city. We went to the square behind us where there were loads of tvs and supporters watching it. Was a great match (Ecuador won 3-0 if you didnt know) and the atmosphere was fantastic as hundreds of people were watching and getting very emotional about it all. There were even several tv crews and journalists there to get audience reaction. So who knows we may be famous on Ecuadorean tv tonight? The funniest reactions were from the school girls who little screamed their heads off whenever Costa Rica got the ball anywhere near Ecuadorīs goal.

After the match we had to head up to another hotel for our Dragoman meeting on the way the streets were full of supporters celebrating and the roads were virtually clear apart from buses and taxis who were tooting their horns in victory! At the hotel we found out our meeting was postponed so checked out of our hostel and into our new slightly posher place (as is part of our trip). By now streets full of cars tooting their horns and with flags and streets have been full of supporters all day celebrating. This is the furtherthest they have ever got in the World Cup (are through to the next round) so is justifiable!

Went to an English bar for the Trinidad and Tobago match where it was $2 for 2 beers and chips! Have to say it was probably the most frustrating game of football I think I have ever watched. Thank god we actually managed to score near the end but felt like we had been run through the mill by the end of it. Was also good that we got a free beer eacth time England scored! We were obviously hoping for more goals for two reasons! Are quite a lot of Brits here which is surprising but made it a good atmosphere. Felt weird singing English football songs after 5 months from being at home though.

Then watched Sweden v Paraguay match which was also frustrating, but at least we know we are safe now to go through.

We now have our meeting tonight with Dragoman and are leaving tomorrow for Otavalo and then onto Columbia on Saturday. We are looking forward to it but hope that everyone on the trip is a good laugh - fingers crossed.

Bye for now.
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