I Choose Ecuador

In my last post, I discussed several trips I was trying to plan.  I don’t have it all worked out yet, but I’m getting closer.  I decided I didn’t want to take the chance of getting altitude sickness in Peru, which would ruin my experience at Machu Picchu.  Plus there are several other places I’d like to go to in Peru that I wouldn’t have time for, so I have decided not to take the Spanish class in Peru.  I will just have to plan a Peru trip some other time.

With that decision made, I have signed up for a Spanish class at Academia Latinoamericana de Espanol in Quito, Ecuador for a week in September, and I’ve booked my flight.  I can’t wait!  I’m also taking Spanish classes at the Atlanta International Language Institute, so hopefully that will help me catch up to where I was when I minored in Spanish in college.  I’m also hoping it will help me feel more comfortable with living with a family in Ecuador since I’m sure they won’t know any English.

That leaves me with two vacation days.  I definitely want to go to Prague over Thanksgiving, so I will most likely use one of the days there.  I’m also thinking of flying into London and going to the British Museum before flying to Prague.  I wanted to go to Stonehenge, but I looked at the flight schedules and I can’t work it out with my time constraints. I know flying to London just to go to a museum sounds a little nutty, but it’s all about timing.  The flight to London-Gatwick lands at 7am, but if I were to fly to Prague, I wouldn’t get there until late in the afternoon, so it feels like a wasted day.  Instead I can go to London, where I’ve already been, and see the museum before taking an evening flight to Prague.  This will also cross off another item from the Hillman list I’ve mentioned before.  So why not spend the day crossing off the museum instead wasting those extra hours on a plane and in a random airport on a layover?

That last vacation day will probably be used for a three-day weekend either to visit a friend in Seattle or to meet up with her for a trip to San Francisco.  We haven’t quite worked out those details yet.  In the meantime I will just watch my Skymiles accumulate and maybe start planning next year’s trips.  Oh, if only I had more vacation time…..