Mireille Koalhaas: Ecuador and its culture

My experiences of Quito, Cumbaya and Tumbaco in the past few days

The past week was very interesting after arriving in Quito at Monday morning. We had all kinds of activities planned in by SELVA vida sin fronteras. We visited a lot of churches and museums the old center of Quito and Cumbaya a smalle city next to Quito . These churches and museums really showed a great part of the Ecuadorian culture. Although the church and the government are now separated in Ecuador, the church stills has a great influence on the Ecuadorian culture.

In my experience in the past few days you can describe the Ecuadorian culture as a mix between the catholic influence and Ecuadorian habitants before and after the Spanish people reached Ecuador. The catholic church honored Jesus and in Ecuador especially the virgin Maria. While Ecuador’s natural habitants honored the sun and giving birth of new life. This you can find in al there pieces of  art of wood, stone and jewelry. The first habitants of Ecuador and it’s Indians religion is based on how live goes. Quito was taken by the Spanish people because of the high mountains it was a safe place for the  Spanish people. That way they could use Quito as a kind of ford. You can still see the influences of Spain in the historical colonial center of Quito. At the historical part of Quito you have a big square. At Cumbaya a city next to Quito you could also see Spanish influences. Cumbaya also has a big square and an old church.

The museums in which we have been the past week thought us that Ecuador has a lot of different cultures and thought us about how many different populations lived in Ecuador the past years. Except museums and churches you can also see a big part of the culture and how people live in the whole environment around Quito.

Quito is a big city in which you can easily get lost. Quito and Tumbaco, a smaller city next to Quito, have so much different sides. At some places it is a really modern city with all kinds of shopping malls. At other places it is a poor city and at other parts it is a historical city with a lot of culture.  Thanks to Cinzia and Gaby we were guided to the museums, the churches and the market where Indians sell a lot of clothes and candy. They guided us by taking cabs and the bus. Cinzia who speaks quit well English helped us a lot by the translation while we got the tours. As most people here in Quito only speak Spanish it was nice to have someone in the group who could translate the information which was given to us as a group.

As we traveled by bus and cabs we saw a lot of mountains. Its green are amazing, when you are walking or traveling through the city. Except that Quito also has food that tastes quit delicious. At a lot of places you can buy a whole dinner for less than 5 dollar. On the streets you have a lot of people trying to sell all kinds of things like candy, lots, toys. You even see people who spit fire. Almost everywhere you see cabs and the traffic is very chaotic. All of these aspects like the different parts of the city, the history, the way people live and what they stand for is what makes it so interesting to learn more about Ecuador and it’s culture. And I hope to learn as much as possible about Ecuador and it’s culture.

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 5 September, 2011.

7 Responses to “Mireille Koalhaas: Ecuador and its culture”

  1. Good report!

  2. Very nice report it gives you a good view of Ecuador and its culture! :D

    • Hope you like Ecuador and keep in touch with the Foundation SELVA-Life Without Borders.
      Cinzia

  3. Hi Mireille.

    Het is gewoon fantastisch en verbazingwekkend hoe jouw verhaal eruit ziet. Vooral hoe jij jouw engels zo goed kan domineren. Goed zo!
    Ramez jr., Gabriela en ik wensen jou al de beste gedurende jouw stageperiode daar in Ecuador. Ga zo door.
    Cynara jouw moeder is zeker trots op haar lievelingsdochter.

    Your nephew and niece here in Curacao are very proud of you!
    Enjoy your journey and we are looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Veel kusjes.

    Monique

  4. Hallo Mireile,

    Leuk begin van je werk daar.

    Lovico

    • Dank u voor uw reactie! Ik hoop dat je in contact blijven met de website van de Fundacion Selva-Life zonder grenzen.
      Cinzia.

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