Celebrating Elise’s Dad in Quito, Eduador

On our first day in Quito, after a breakfast of papaya, pancakes, and guava juice in the historical district, we visited Elise’s Dad’s school, Academia Cotopaxi. A member of the staff, Alejandra Morales, kindly gave us a tour of the grounds (rebuilt since Mark was there) and let us look through the yearbooks. My hope was to show Elise a photo of her Dad as a 5 or 6 year-old, but the earlier yearbooks were not complete. Still, it was good for her to get a sense of the environment he experienced as a young boy. As our visit coincided with what would have been his 56th birthday, we toasted him over a meal at Vista Hermosa in Parque Itchimbía, which, true to its name, had fabulous views of all of Quito. We especially loved the Madonna/angel statue atop El Panecillo, a rounded 200-metre-high hill. Locals apparently claim that their Madonna is the only one in the world with wings like an angel. It was fitting to discover her on this special day.