Archive for February, 2012

Restorative Yoga FULL!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Registrations for tomorrow’s Restorative workshop make the class full. The next opportunity to attend is April 13 … and then again on May 18.

Restorative Yoga Coming on February 17!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Register now for the February 17 class from 6-7:30 PM! I’ll be leading a Restorative Yoga class Friday, February 17 at The Yoga Space in Ann Arbor. The fee is $20 and it’s helpful if you pre-register. This class will be similar to the restorative class I led last fall and summer with stations around the room with yogis moving from one station to the next. This sort of “circuit” of different stations was popular with the students who attended. Class size is very limited to a dozen people so register soon if you’re interested.


Monday, February 6th, 2012

It took Delta a couple of tries to get Flight 680 from Quito to Atlanta and in the end, we arrived safely and very tired (mucho cansada). It’s taken me a couple of days to catch up on my sleep, go through the mail, and feel grounded on US soil. My stomach still isn’t quite right, although it’s getting better. It feels good to be home, to be welcomed home, and to have a fresh appreciation of my country and my great life.

Thanks to all of you who shared my journey and for such a warm welcome back.

2 febrero – Guayasamin Museum in Quito

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Many of the guidebooks recommend the Guayasamin Museum. Oswaldo Guayasamin was a famous Ecuadorian artist. The museum includes quite a number of his paintings as well as some of his sketches. He has a distinctive style and I’d seen some of his work on posters around town previous to my visit. There is also a collection of pre-Columbian art, including some really beautiful bowls.

It was nice to sit in the gallery and look at art today. I hadn’t been in this particular part of town and the route home took me through a little piece of Parque Metropolitano. I managed the bus most of the way there (took a taxi the last bit since I didn’t know where it was) and got the bus all the way back to the Swiss Hotel.

I still feel the elevation. The walk from the bus stop is all uphill and although I feel like I’m expending lots of energy, when I check my velocity it’s barely registering!

2 febrero – Aeropuerto currado por condiciones meterological

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The banner across all the screens in the airport announced that the airport was closed because of weather. That didn’t stop the Delta folks from checking us in, putting us through security, and letting us sit at the gate for hours. The fog was dense and the flight from Guayaquil that we were supposed to catch, “tried” to land but couldn’t get clearance.

About 3:30 AM the gate crew made it official by canceling the flight, taking our names, and loading us in shuttles to spend the night. Apparently Delta told Swiss Hotel fifteen rooms were needed and the woman behind the desk was overwhelmed with just the first shuttle showing up, saying that we had to share rooms. That got a strong negative response from the group. There were at least 25 people at the gate and as far as I could tell, there were only about three couples, the rest of us traveling alone.

I’m not sure why, but Clara, a woman who lives at the Swiss Hotel in a suite, told me I could share a room with her and then she would check into her suite, leaving me in the room by myself. That’s an act of kindness from a stranger I haven’t witnessed here in Ecuador.

The hotel desk personnel struggled to get this group rooms. We all made it clear we didn’t want to share. When the guy behind the desk gave me my first key to a room, I clearly and specifically asked if it was a single room and he said, clearly and specifically ‘yes’. When I got to the room, there was already someone in it. Culturally, this act of telling people what they want to hear/lying is a problem. Over and over and over in Ecuador people have told me what they think I want to hear instead of the truth. “Mentira” is the word for lie and I thought it odd that was included in the vocabulary during my Spanish lessons. Maybe now I know why.

1 febrero – Pensamiento al azar

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Ecuador es diversidad pais en terr, cultura, y personas. Montanas, costa, selva y islas para diversidad clima. Cultura es importante. Personas en indigenous costumbre occupado casi todos cuidads. Todos personas es bajo, negro peol, y café ojos. Perros correammos en las calles y ladrar muchos. Cuidads identificar unico. Cuenca – Panama Sombreros, Otovalo – Mercado de Artisian. Cotocachi – Cuero. Mindo – Chocolate. Banos – Agua Caliente! Mi gusta Ecuador.

31 enero – Cacao Plantation

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

We drove a couple of hours of the winding narrow mountain roads towards Puerto Quito to tour a cacao plantation. The tour was set up as a part of a day of learning for a student writing her thesis. The student, Michelle, talked with Barbara, took the tour of the chocolate making operation, and then we all hopped in the truck to see Pedro, the farmer.

He walked us around his property and as we went he picked other fruits that grow on his land. Pedro not only grows cacao, but oranges, bananas and pina. His is a sort of full forest approach, letting all of the plants grow together rather than clear the land and plant things separately. I liked that organic feel of the place. Being in the rain/cloud forest is like being at Jurassic Park (without the dinosaurs) … all the plants grow like they are on steriods.

Pedro is also a doctor and a flutist … as well as a flute maker. A river runs by his property and a stream runs through it. It’s a 20 minute ride on a very bumpy dirt road to his house so it’s an isolated feel. The house has a tin roof, an open kitchen/dining room area (and when I say “open” I mean there are no screens or glass in the walls, and one wall is done in bamboo. It feels like a very organic life in a very organic place, one more in tune with the cycle of the day and the cycle of the land instead of the clock.