Author: Mark Crosby

Quick Update From Quito

We’ve been in Quito for a month now and we’ve had the pleasure of communicating with several friends and family members back home during that time. For anyone relying on this blog to know what we are up to, I apologize for my lack of information here. The fact of the matter is that we have been quite comfortable here in Quito. The cost of living seems quite reasonable and the Internet connection is quick and stable. We’ve been able to get a lot of work done and all the rainy days have just given us all the more reason to stay indoors and work.

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March 14 – June 10: Quito, Ecuador

We booked four weeks at an Airbnb here in a fairly central location in Quito. The apartment has large rooms and big table we can set up our laptops on for work and school. Although our trip from Asuncion felt like it was primarily north, we moved two time zones west. That, combined with day light savings moved us three hours “closer” to Calgary. We are in the same time zone as the central time zone in North America.

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March 9-14: Asuncion, Paraguay

We are heading back towards Canada now. The bus ride from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu was a big jump north. Asuncion is more of a lateral move on the map. We will spend a less than a week in Asuncion before we fly back to the equator. Getting to Asuncion was more of a hassle/adventure than we planned. We ended up back tracking quite a bit, but we made it. Sydney has said she wants to write about that. I might as well if I get a chance.

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March 8-9: Corrientes, Argentina

Well we had a pretty good run of relatively trouble free travel through Latin America. It came to an end on Thursday when we arrived at the Corrientes International Airport for our flight. It is not a large airport and the check-in line was empty. I figured it was because we were there almost 3 hours before departure. No, it was empty because almost nobody wants to fly to Asuncion, Paraguay from Corrientes, Argentina. Whether it was just the four of us, or perhaps a few more had purchased tickets. Whatever the number, it wasn’t enough for Amazonas Airlines to bother with the flight, so they cancelled it.

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March 7-8: Bus from Puerto Iguazu to Corrientes

This trip makes five consecutive bus trips for us. This was the fourth overnight bus. The ride was “only” nine hours, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. If it was lights out after we departed and all quiet until we arrived, it might have been restful. It was not. They played a couple of movies, handed out a sandwich/snack at just after 10:00 PM. We stopped in Posadas at about 2:30 AM. People got on, people got off. A couple of military guys wanted to check bags. All that to say that when we got into Corrientes we were tired.

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