24.04.2008 22 °C
I finally arrived in Ecuador after a long, but surprisingly stress-free journey, feeling a little light-headed (the city is located at an altitude of about 3000m) but otherwise no worse for wear.
To my surprise - and delight - there was a grizzled old Quiteño waiting in the arrivals area holding a placard with something vaguely similar to my name on it (at least I hope I was the intended target of a sign with ´Señor Parlav Soo´ written on it - if not, my sincerest apologies to you Mr. Soo for so shamelessly jacking your ride..). We hopped into a car and he took me to my Spanish School. From there, once I´d overcome a couple of small obstacles (namely my complete lack of español and the fact that I had no idea where I was), I stumbled into the home of the Perreira family, with whom the School´s Director had arranged for me to stay.
The Perreira family - consisting of Yada & Alfonso, Paul, 17, Carlos, 12, Dorian, 5, and Francesca, 1 - seem very friendly and I´m looking forward to staying with them over the next few weeks.
My only small complaint is about the weather here - in the mornings and early afternoons, it´s about 22 degrees and sunny, but then, with an inevitability that I´ve already grown weary of, the heavens open and it absolutely pisses it down. I took the liberty of mentioning this to my teacher, whose response was something along the lines of "You bloody Ingleses, always talking about the weather". I guess some things never change!