Last Saturday, we took a trip down the mountain to explore. It was my (Maria’s) first time outside the city of Quito. Quito is a busy busy busy place. Unlike Leon, Nicaragua you don’t wake up to rooters or birds singing in the morning. The most common sounds are that of alarms going off at all hours of the day, horns beeping, and electric gates opening. Life is so much different than what I got used to in Nicaragua. Is neither better nor worse. It is just different and I must admit that I have to get used to living in such a busy crowded place.
I do love the variety of food that you can find in Quito though. There are even websites where you can order your food from a ton of restaurants right from your computer if you don’t want to battle traffic outside your gate. This has been pretty beneficial in the past few weeks when my body decided to act weird as I get used to the air or lack thereof here in this high altitude city. And I also like having good doctors around when you need them. And trust me doctors have become our newest friends lately. We all have experienced the bodily pains of high altitude and a new country. And we are all praying that this too will pass quickly!
So, back to my story. Last Saturday we decided that we could take a quick break from city life and high altitude and unclog our noses and lungs and head down to where the air is fresher. We took a drive to check out a little town that according to google was nice and quiet and pretty and quaint. The drive was spectacular. It was nice to actually see some of the beauty and diversity of this country. There were many oohs and aahhs moments. We were all fascinated as the scenery changed from city to greenery to very high mountains to beautiful rolling hills. It was like being inside a postcard at every turn. I’d say that aside from the crazy drivers that cut us off just as we were going through a blind curb it was one of the most spectacular and enjoyable drives that I’ve ever taken. It makes me look at the mountain from our apartment window in a different way for now I know what lays beyond the brick and concrete that covers the bottom part of the mountain.
It took us three hours to get to this small town called La Concordia. Yes, the town was small as google described. It was quieter than Quito. But I truly wasn’t impressed by it. Yet, the drive leading to it…Now that was impressive! We took lots of pictures, but honestly pictures would not do it justice. After I sat down in front of my computer to look at them I was kind off annoyed that most of the pictures didn’t fully revealed what my eyes saw. I hope you enjoy this pictures below. You are always welcome to come and see for yourself.
And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3 ESV)