Well, after 12 hours of travel, a stop-over in Colombia, and not one but two airplane meals, we have arrived at our hotel in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The flights couldn´t have been smoother and going through customs was a breeze. Leaving the airport was a bit disconcerting with the evidences of a very different culture everywhere. The porter was not at all hesitant to ask (quite forcefully!) for a tip and then for more of a tip.
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow when the reason for our trip starts in earnest. We'll be visiting several Area Development Projects, meeting the staff of World Vision Ecuador, and spending time in some communities who have recieved gifts from our Gift Catalogue and have experienced the effects of child sponsorship first-hand. It´s one thing to have an intellectual understanding of how it works, but once I see with my own eyes I know my passion for what we do will be confirmed.
Until tomorrow, buenos noches.