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September 2017

Guayaquil, Ecuador

 

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During my trip to our U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador, I took some time after work to stroll the city's boardwalk, called the Malecon, and see the sights.  

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Is the dog real or a painting?

Guayaquil is actually larger in population than Ecuador's capital city Quito.  It's rest near sea level and provides all the amenities that comes with being a coastal city.  Great seafood, beautiful waterfront views, and fascinating urban architecture, I look forward to coming back and seeing more of the city.

While I was away for a few days, Lucia had her own adventure.  I told her she was going to summer camp, but she knew that translated to a dog kennel.  Fortunately, we were put in contact with a great vet who also runs a very nice kennel just outside of Quito.  It's run by Dr. Ellen and her husband, who both run a veterinarian clinic called Ecuavet.  Over the labor day weekend, I took Lucia to check it out and get use to the surroundings.  Upon arrival, she was welcomed warmly by all the current canine residents.  So I knew she'd do well while I took my first trip for work. 

 


Parque La Carolina

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I blew Lucia's mind awhile ago when I took her out of our neighborhood for the first time.  The destination- Parque La Carolina. Up until then Lucia was only exposed to the normal stream of neighbors, dogs, and traffic.   We hopped in the truck and drove a few miles to this large central park.  Since the park lies in the city center.

Parque La Carolina offers many activities for all ages, such as football, basketball, tennis, biking, paddle boats, Ecuavolley (similar to volleyball), just to name a few. The park is over 160 acres and surrounded by high rises and these main thoroughfares, Río Amazonas, de los Shyris, Naciones Unidas, Eloy Alfaro, and de la República.  It use to be an airport until the city grew around it and they decided to move the airport farther away.

Among the most popular attractions in the park, is the Jardín Botánico with native habitats covering páramo (high-altitude Andean grasslands), cloud forest, wetlands and other areas, plus an orquideario (orchid greenhouse), ethnobotanical garden (exploring the plants used by indigenous groups) and Amazonian greenhouse.  Since I was with Lucia, we didn't have a chance to explore them.  But I'll check them out next time and post an update.

All in all, Lucia gave it her paw of approval, so I'm sure we'll be back.

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