Traveling to Quito

July 4, 2015

We have been preparing for a trip to Quito, Ecuador with International World Changers for a week's work in that city. Luis Socarras from Northshore Church is one of the coordinators of the events in Quito and was already in Quito helping with final arrangements.

Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 9,350 ft above sea level, it is the highest official capital city in the world. (You can quibble about that since one of Bolivia's two capitals is La Paz at 11942 ft and the other is Sucre at 9022 ft.) It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. With a population of 2,671,191 according to the last census (2014), Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil.

This is our team at the New Orleans Airport before our departure for Quito, Ecuador. Back row: Dustin Jackson, Jordan Nave, Michael Stasney, Jhanne Stasney, Hannah Robert, Ashleigh Nave, Rod Nave, Alex Lockwood. Front: Paul Soucier, Abbie Lockwood.

We gathered at the New Orleans Airport at 11am in anticipation of a 1:10pm flight to Atlanta. We had a layover there for a couple of hours for a 6pm flight to Quito.

During the layover, we had supper in the Atlanta Airport.

After takeoff from Atlanta, we got to see a nice sunset over the Pacific west of Central America, but then settled into darkness for the rest of the flight.

Arriving in Quito a little after 10pm, we got through customs smoothly and were awaiting ground transportion to the Alliance Academy International in downtown Quito where we were to stay.

We were met at the airport by Luis Socarras and by Ron Sutton, the missionary for the Quito area. Kelly Davis, a long-time missionary with the IMB, who was to be our worship time speaker was also on the plane with us. We had met him in the Atlanta Airport. We loaded aboard buses for the trip to the Academy.

Mission teams from probably at least four churches were on the plane with us. We didn't know any of them, but after the trip we recognize essentially all the faces in this photo. Paul and Michael are in the foreground with part of our luggage.

This is the airport selfie that Luis shot with the group as we were headed for the buses.He was good at these selfies. Luis center surrounded by Ashleigh, Jordan, Abbie, Dustin and Alex, with Jhanne,Michael and Rod in background.

Michael, Rod and Oksana.

The Quito airport was quite modern. Two tour-type large buses picked us up. We loaded our luggage into the side compartments and got onboard.

On the way, we got our first view of the closely-packed, rectangular buildings.

It was about 1am when we got to our rooms in the Alliance Academy, so we fixed our bunks and quickly got in bed. The bunks had nice mattresses, so I slept like a rock. I just had a touch of a center-forehead altitude headache from the 9300ft altitude, but less discomfort than I had expected.

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