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Day 1: Hasta Luego US of A!

June 18, 2014

By: Julia, Tara, Melissa, Lindsay (Team Malarone)

The Educators of Excellence Team arrived promptly at RDU with our expertly packed luggage in tow. While we each thought we were the lightest packer of the bunch, to our dismay, we all had various standards of “packing light.” Before the security check, we redistributed teaching materials that will be used on Day 3 when we go to the school in Comunidad Cumbijín. Once on the other side of security, without filled water bottles or sharp objects, we settled in at our gate. The time passed quickly with discussion of what medicines we were taking, convertible pants, and that Nordstrom just released fashion-friendly Tevas!

We boarded onto the plane bound for Miami and were rushed to sit down, but relieved to find out the bathroom facilities were back in working order. Two hours later, we were in Miami … with five hours to spare. We found a quiet corner to have a team meeting where we reviewed the itinerary, how we were feeling, and the goals of the trip, and got to know each other better.

Our team was privileged to be the first bloggers and are happy to introduce the team photo, complete with two stowaways that we would like to further introduce. First, we have Acrocito (little Acrocanthosaurus) who is joining us from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Our second friend is Olinguito, a newly-described mammal from the South American cloud forest. You may see them pop up in future blog photos. 🙂

We now have two hours remaining before departure to Quito! Thanks for joining us in the Ecuadorian experience and please remember our Internet access will not always be reliable, but we will post when we can. Please comment and ask questions and we will do our best to respond.

Ecuador Route

The journey we will take over the next 10 days!

Team Photo

All of us in Miami Airport; photo-bombed by Acrocito and Olinguito.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda Schafer permalink
    June 18, 2014 5:42 pm

    Have fun and learn lots, happy adventurers!! 🙂

  2. Amber Nugent permalink
    June 19, 2014 9:55 am

    Here is my question for your team. Is it true that Ecuador is the closest country to space? If this is true why is it the closet country to space?

    • christyflint2013 permalink*
      June 19, 2014 7:22 pm

      Although the tallest peaks of Ecuador are not the highest on Earth – as we all know, Everest is taller – the position of Ecuador’s mountains, which are very close or even on the equator, as well as the shape of the Earth, makes Ecuador’s mountains the furthest from the center of the Earth. According to this definition, this would make Ecuador’s tallest mountain, Chimborazo, the tallest point on Earth (that is, the furthest from the center of the planet), and therefore the closest to outer space.

  3. Bonnie Confer permalink
    June 20, 2014 6:01 am

    So excited for all of you wonderful ladies!!! Can’t wait to see your adventures ❤

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