My first days in Ecuador

by elizabeth | February 23rd, 2010

I arrived in Quito Saturday evening after a long trip made much nicer by a kind woman from Spain and her daughter who helped me get on the flight. They want you at JFK 3 hours ahead of time! Oops… But I arrived safely and was happy to meet Jorge Pachacama, the director of Fundacion Brass Band del Ecuador, and Jesse Neuman, my compadre de New York.

Here Jesse shows off our digs:

Casa Sweet Casa

Some very nice relatives of Jorge and Patricia took us on a day trip south of Quito… through the busy and colorful city…

The southern part of Quito

…and on to some smaller towns with amazing views! The mountains are huge (and we are starting at 9,000 feet!).


Actually, EVERYTHING is huge… including the papayas (second shelf from top)!

Big Papayas

I woke up to find this in the shower… instruments are well cared-for here and very clean!

Clean Trumpet

And when I arrived at the school (“El Brass”), I found that I had a new (if only temporary name)… “hot,” no?

Elizabeth Hotson

After our first day of teaching (see more photos here), the father of one of our students, Don Ramon, took Jesse and me out for delicious hamburgers, made with his secret recipe! Yum…

Don Ramon Hamburgers

…and his young son, Martin, entertained us with his headlamp and marbles and animal noises…

Martin and Elizabeth

We are tired but excited! The students here are wonderful, and I’m looking forward to working with more and more of them. Until soon…

2 Responses to “My first days in Ecuador”

  1. Glad to hear you’re off to a good start! Looking forward to following you on your trip.

  2. You go, Hotson!

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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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