At 1am on Sunday the 5th of July I finally arrived at my accommodation for the next 7 weeks. I was warmly welcomed by America, my host mum. She greeted me with a big hug and kiss, immediately I felt at home even though we couldn't understand each other. The next 24 hours were spent resting and sleeping.
Finally roommates arrived! Whitney, a girl from San Fransisco, California, and Hayley from Alberta, Canada. A room filled with solo travellers, I couldnt have asked for better mix of people.
The next morning we got to meet the rest of the volunteers, starting the same week, whilst exploring Old Town, Quito. We went through the famous Basilica Church, which is often compared to the Notre Dame. Instead of gargoles, the outside of the church is protected by Galapogas Tortises and Iguanas. At the Basilica we got to experience the best 360 degree view of Quito from atop the Basilica, which was well worth the terrifying climb up. With Quito sitting at 2,850m above sea level, it really does feel like you are in the clouds, perhaps if I reach high enough I might just touch them.
We wandered the busling streets of Old Town, they were alive with excitement of the arrival of the Pope, Papa Fransisco the very next day.
The long winded orientation consisted of rules and safety precautions, all which made some of us quite nervous about the city we would call home for the next few weeks. We left the office nervous about what the weeks ahead would bring. The feeling of being thrown deeper into the unknown made me feel both terrified and excited. All I can say is, bring it on Quito!