Airport, Buses, Luggage, and Craziness

Trip Start Jun 16, 2009
Trip End Jul 27, 2009

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Flag of Ecuador  , Pichincha,
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June 16. I felt comforted when I saw the sign, "Ms. Janice Ruelo" when I passed all of the necessary procedures at the Quito airport. A pleasant man was holding up the sign; I assumed he was the husband of Laura, the director of the program (I am staying with her family). He kindly greeted me and offered to take my maletas (suitcases). Being the stubborn person that I am, I allowed him to take one. The streets are crazy (I am mainly referring to traffic, but this isn't a big shock). At nighttime, some traffic lights display both red and green, which confused me.  Vincente, or my host father, told me that it mean yield. They also use yellow lights. We arrived at the apartment where I was to stay; Vincente told me that the elevators didn’t work at this time of day. I asked him how many flights of stairs. He told me, Diez (10). I almost had a heart attack! Later, I noticed the smirk on his face which told me was just kidding.  You can’t joke with me at this time of day, and in this situation! It was past 10 at night after 8 hours of flying (more or less). So we hauled up 2 heavy suitcases up 3 flights of stairs (not too bad, but I still felt like I was going to have a heart attack). Later on that night, I met Malury, who is from Switzerland, and Vanessa, who is from Germany. Malury is an animated girl, who already has lived in Ecuador for 7 months! When she talks, she reminds me of an anime character; she expresses herself with her eyes. Vanessa seems to be a sweet girl, who measures people’s legs and prepares prosthetics to place on them. She has been here for no more than a week and a half.

June 17. This was my first day to use the bus system. One time, I just barely got on the bus, and the bus started moving! I got off balance, and my hips and shoulder hit the side railing pretty hard. I looked to my left, and people were staring at me, but their faces were expressionless. Perhaps this is a natural, everyday occurrence. Buses here are funny. Nory, the secretary who was showing me how to get to the site, told me that we were going to “explorar.” Huh? You mean you don’t know  where we are going? I was thinking to myself. “That’s okay. We can have an adventure.” I told her. I think she doubted herself, because we found the place without any complications. The trip was about 45 minutes long. Home for Children Maria Campi de Yoder is the name of my work site. There seems to be a lot of need, including school supplies, beds, and staff members. However, the people who work there have tremendous hearts for these children. And the children seem to have an unquenchable need to be loved. Many of them are orphans or come from situations where their families cannot take care of them. I waved to one of the little girls, and without hesitation, she ran over to hug me. With this one gesture, I felt needed and purpose for being here.
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rruelo on

Hello from Glen Ellyn!
Thanks for the update, we're glad you made it there okay. How's your hip and shoulder feeling now?

You know your Mom texted you twice but got no response. Also we did not get a copy of your e-mail pointing to this travel blog site; Kim in passing just happened to mention it.
We'll be praying for you and the kids.


rruelo on

We thank God for answered prayers
Janice, once again, He has shown me that He does answer prayers. I'm thankful you got there safely. It looks like you're adjusting pretty well including lugging your stuff through 3 flights of stairs!!Did your luggage arrive ALL intact? Please text or email us once in a while. You have 2 unread text messages in your cell.I hope you open your email also so we can send you 'more private messages'.
What are the girls (of the host family) like? How about the mom and dad? Your room looks immaculate! What is the food like- spicy?
Love you,
'Pray without ceasing'

rruelo on

Hola anak!!
Good thing you left when you did because weather over here is pretty wild. Over 100 flights are canceled because of heavy rains, flooding, and 'tornadic' (meteorologist term)activities.
Did I tell you Auntie Bebot is home as of yesterday?
How was your day today? Tomorrow is Ama's 87th birthday.
Pop and I had a nice anniversary celebration. Guess what..went to Benihana's! Kim was out with friends.
Love you,

nancyj on

Hola Janice-that's it for my Spanish!
I was so glad to get your letters of how things are going! You have been in my prayers and thoughts. I talked to Tonetta the other day and shared with her your plans and will let her read this update you sent. We are going out to lunch in a couple of days before I leave to see my family in NC for the month of July. You are exactly in the place you need to be-and that hug from the little girl proves it! The pictures are great and I hope to see more. God bless and I am thinking and praying for you. Can't wait to hear more. Nancy

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