notes from Loja 1?

Tuesday 12 June 2012


A sunshiny day in Loja. This is the third day in a row. Looking up at the mountains they are clear of clouds as well. Have to really watch for sun burns.

This is the last week of class for this cycle. Finals are thursday and Friday.  Friday night I hope to be on a night bus to the coast.

It will be 12-14 hours to get there… With one or two changes in buses. I will be traveling with Mr B.

He plans to find a place and just hunker down for 7 to 10 days.

My plans are to…. Well I really don’t have plans. I do need to be back in Loja by Wednesday to do some more work and promo on my photo course.

Sunday 10 June 2012

13:53 Taking a break from editing my course material….
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15:22 listened to hear Bob Seger, Men without hats, and Gloria Gainer….. while shopping at a supermarket in Ecuador…. ???
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Saturday 9 June 2012

13:56 I read a blurb in the NY times about Cuenca. It was a PR piece.  In it the weather was described as ” nice”.  Not sure how they define this.

The truth about Ecuador‘s weather ( in my limited experience) can be called many things, but I don’t think that nice covers it.

Some things to consider.

Ecuador is ” down wind” of the amazon. This means that the wind is very damp.

Ecuador is on the equator. This means that the sun is hot.

A major portion of the populated parts of Ecuador are in the Andes… High in the Andes. Higher altitudes means cold dry air.

So what does this all mean, weather wise?  If the sun is shining, it is warm… Maybe hot… When the clouds come in with their damp warm air they tend to loose their moisture… Sometime very quickly and suddenly

Also when the clouds cover the sun, or the sun sets ( which it does every day at the same shortening or lengthening of days) it cools off very quickly.

There is a saying in the Serra that you can experience all four seasons in a day…. But they really don’t know winter.

The interesting thing is, you can find micro climates that are wetter dryer warmer or cooler, but a change of 40 KMS can be a major change in climate…

Thursday 7 June 2012

14:00 I have been working hard on my course material for the Introduction to Photography workshop. It is at 50 pages right now….. need to do some editing.
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17:02 The more experienced I get at teaching English…. The more I realize how screwed up it is.
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Tuesday 5 June 2012

14:53 I have been feeling in a funk for about 24 hours…. And it shows signs of deepening… Trying for figure a way out

I did find a way out. Took me 2 movies and some music to pull me out but a couple of days later I am back to my more level self. Really glad that movies only cost $1.50 here.

The reason for the funk was I know some of my students are not going to do well on the up coming tests, and I find it very frustrating.

Sunday 3 June 2012

10:06 it’s 10 oclock… have my sunday shopping done… spent $2.50… it was heavy carrying it all back to my Casa… now what to do with the rest of the day…
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14:31 Spent a couple of hours at the zoo… Ok for a small zoo

17:15 A few years ago a Colombian friend brought me a small amount..just a taste… and I was hooked. Luckily I could not find any in Canada. Now I am in Ecuador and it is readily. Will I have the will power to turn away or will I become addicted…..Manjar de leche con Coco is what I am talking about
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