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We are back from our Ecuador trip over Spring Break. It was awesome.

I’ll start posting pictures but we did soooo much in the 10 days so it may take several posts.

We arrived at our hotel room on Thursday night. I had packed some bananas that we purchased from Trader Joe’s (in California) that were originally shipped from Ecuador. When we got to our hotel at night, the restaurant was closed, so we all ate our Ecuadorian bananas! The Chiquita bananas were happy to be back home in Ecuador (if only for a brief moment).

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The next day, we took a tram ride called the Teleferico that starts at 2950m (9700ft) and elevates to 4100m (13,500). There are a couple of hundred more feet of climbing at the top! Quito, the capital of Ecuador is the second highest capital city in the world (the highest being La Paz). It takes a few days to get used to the altitude which causes shortness of breath, a headache and a bit of nausea. At the top, there was a medical clinic as it was common for people to get altitude sickness. We were all spared, aside from the headaches and overall sluggishness.

Here is a view as we climb the mountain in our tram – a ride that takes just 8 minutes.

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The view from the top is incredible. The city is quite large with a population of about 2 million and is in a valley surrounded by volcano formed mountains all around it.

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Black Tie Dinner

Last night, Anjali and I attended a black tie charity dinner for the Roosters Foundation. This is a non-profit serving the needs of children’s charities in Orange County.

Our good friend Mohan sponsored a table and we all got to enjoy a night out and a fabulous dinner cooked specially for our table from the master chef at Tabu Grill in Laguna Beach.

Here are some pictures from the evening.

Here we are in our front yard before heading out for the evening.

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Here are Mohan and Prachee.

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This is the master chef with his sous chef preparing the meal at our table. We were treated to a sumptuous 5 course meal complete with a full complement of wine, cheese, and dessert.

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Petersbery Writing Award

Last week Annika received an award for her 1st grade class for creative writing.

Here are some pictures.

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Last week while I was out of town, the boys graduated from being Cub Scouts to full fledged Boy Scouts. As part of their graduation requirement, they earned the Arrow of Light award.

Here they are receiving their honor.

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The ceremony is a “crossing over” and at the end of it, they become Boy Scouts.

Here is Vikram “crossing over” and his new troop members welcoming him to the troop. Note the new hat and bandana!

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Here is a picture of their whole cub scout pack that graduated to the new Troop 1518 at Pioneer Middle School. You can read more about the activities they will do in the coming years. In two weeks, we will be going on a camping trip to the desert and try our hand at sandboarding. More on that later.

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Finally, here is their proud mom with Vikram!

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