Jan. 10: University, Hospital and Local Sights
On Thursday, we started out at La Universidad de las Americas. We had the opportunity to see what the nursing programs look like here and what the health care system is like. We met the dean of students and the head of the nursing programs.
After the school, we went to a hospital (hospital vozandes), a missionary hospital. It was only 76 beds, but seemed really nice. The cool thing about the hospital was that pretty much everything they had was donated.
We ate lunch at a place call Cafe Bon. They served us asparages soup, rice, carne (beef), beans, and for dessert arroz con leche. The guides assigned to our group are Kim and Jose. Jose worked on some Spanish vocab with us there. After lunch, we had an hour break before going to old Quito. We visited Basilica del Voto Nacional. We could climb up to the top of some of the towers, which are about 78 meters high, but that's to the very top.
After the basilica, we went to the plaza in front of the presidential palace. We also went inside a beautiful cathedral, but weren't allowed to take pictures. We also walked by another cathedral that's interioror is entirely made of gold. After this, we drove to the top of a mountain/hill with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The view was amazing. Many of us still can't get over how big this city is. It's kind of tucked in a valley, so it can only expand two out of the four directions. When we got back, dinner was ordered, and we went to bed pretty early.