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Bryce Dahl – IIOP student, International Clinical Rotation (Quito, Ecuador) 9/7/2020

Bryce Dahl – IIOP student, International Clinical Rotation (Quito, Ecuador) 9/7/2020

Granadillas y Tortillas – Monday, September 7th

Just when life here in Quito could not get any better, each Thursday a fresh produce truck pulls up to the clinic like a less-fun ice cream man. I kid you not I can get a sack of sweet potatoes, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, carrots, and corn for $3.50! Also, something I need to address, the American dollar is the primary currency in Ecuador, so $50 cash can take you a very long way. I’m pretty used to traveling light and living out of a backpack but this place is like some sort of organic hippie paradise.

I spent the majority of the weekend locating and comparing the prices of different fruit & meat markets. Dave was able to help me out with a bike so transportation has really increased here in week 2. Something else I forgot to mention, the clinic and my apartment sit at 9,300’ of elevation so you can imagine I’m having to really acclimate coming from Tampa, Fl. Just 3 weeks ago I was running 8-10 miles at a time in Tampa and now I’m sucking wind trying to run a mile or two here in Quito.

I’m falling more in love with the Spanish culture and with the recent discovery of $1 a pound for chicken and the ridiculously cheap groceries, I think I could see myself returning. Well, it’s a busy Monday morning and I’m sure my molds are almost dry so back to work!

-Bryce