Thursday, January 10, 2013

Speech of facts

  • Ecuador is the most biodiverse country in the world. 
  • I'm living in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.
  • It is 9000 feet or 2800 meters above sea level.
  • This change in altitude required some adjusting to, which I think I'm done with.
  • I go to school at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
  • I am taking an "intensive" spanish class for the first month. 
  • The other class I am taking the entire semester is basically a giant ecology class.
  • It is divided into: the mountains, the coast, and the rainforest. 
  • We will take many trips of varying length to different places to conduct projects/experiments and learn about the tropics/how to become good field biologists.
  • The area in the tropics we go to has been featured for the 125th anniversary of National Geographic
  • There is a 45-90 minute bus ride to the university, going/returning respectively.
  • I need to take three different buses.
  • The bus ride is through the Andes is beautiful. I want to take pictures or a video, but I do not want to be beaten by the locals for my valuable wares.* 
  • The university is in a valley outside of Quito.
  • This means it is lower in altitude and warmer.
  • I am at the equator which means I am closer to the sun.
  • When I am at a high altitude, I am closer to the sun. 
  • The weather here is extremely variable. When the sun shines, it is really warm. It is brisk in the mornings and evenings. Apparently the rainy season is about to start.
  • I should get an umbrella.
  • Allegedly, you can drink a different fruit juice everyday for a year and still not have tried all the fruits Ecuador has to offer.
  • I don't think I would like to read entries like this in list form. Sorry. Here's a picture:


  1. Cool facts Jon! Good luck at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

  2. sounds like you should get a helicopter to cut down on that commute