Friday, January 16, 2009

FAQ Friday

Where exactly will you live in Ecuador?
We will be living in the city of Loja, which is located in Loja Provence. We joke that it will be like moving to New York, New York. Which kind of makes me want to break out in a song.

Loja is in Southern Ecuador and is located in the Andes mountains, at an altitude similar to that of Denver, CO. It has a population that rivals that of Salt Lake City, Utah. It would be considered a small city by our standards, but is a rather large one by Ecuadorian standards (but not as large as Guayaquil or the capital city of Quito)

Loja has electricity (another FAQ) and running water (yet another important FAQ). It is modernized in many ways, but Americans will face the harsh reality that what seems modern in a developing country would be rather archaic here. We won't have a dishwasher- except for the one I have named Marcus.

One of my favorite facts about Loja is their love of fine arts. The city is full of music and one of the local sayings is...
"The one who does not play the guitar can sing a song; the one who does not sing a song can write a verse; the one who does not write a verse reads a book."

You can read more about Loja at It's Wikipedia Page.

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