Quito met the highest expectations! When I say “highest” is also because its at a 2,800m altitude! Arriving after a long journey from Monaco, my adjustment here was a bit difficult. I’ve been gasping for air every few steps I made.. but what an interesting place! The old colonial town is a beautiful architectural collection of churches, cathedrals and state buildings! I should have had more time to visit, take time and learn all the great history of this lovely part of Quito!

The highlight of my stay in Quito was the visit of San Francisco University in Quito (USFQ) and meeting the Dean of Scientific Programs, Research and External Affairs – Mr Diego Quiroga. He is also the Director of the Galapagos Campus, a 4 year master program in Environmental and Sustainability. Stay tuned for my post on 14th of February from Galapagos and you will learn more about this project and the bridge we are creating with Monaco! Diego has all the reasons to be proud of what USFQ has achieved in the 3 decades of existence. With a campus of over 8000 students, it is truly one of the best universities in South America. Here are some pictures from my visit on the campus.

Look for my next post about my arrival in Galapagos and the exciting days ahead!  

Yours Irina aka Ocean Amazon

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