Best New Years Eve ever!!!
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January 1st, 2008 – by: finchley
After surfing I walked home, had some breakfast then we went to our spanish class - 4 hour session - one to one!
It was brilliant!
I must admit though, 2 hours in I was loving it, 3 hours in, still doing ok, 3.5 hours in and I plateau'd - my brain couldn't take any more and shut down and I became a mute. Despite a dismal end to the lesson, I noticed for the rest of the day I could understand a little more of what people said and I at least know how to read a bit better now.
After spanish we went back home and chilled out in our host families pool before having a sleep 7-9pm.
at 10am We went out with Camilla to her traditional Ecuadorian family meal. She had relatives come down from Quito and so there were about 20 of us all celebrating new year with a big meal at midnight!! New Year in Ecuador, and Manta particular, is amazing - people throng the streets for hours and whole families are out and about from babies and infants through to grandparents. There is also a tradition where you make effigies of people or situations from the past - some time celebrities and sometimes family members. Ecuadorians spend days making these effigies and there is a prize for the best. However, no matter how good they are they all get burned at new year as a symbol of forgetting the past and moving on.
After the celebrations and the meal we stayed and talked to Camilla's family for a bit - I understood way more than I did the previous night so felt like the lesson must have gone well! - and then we went out in Manta to the bars and clubs. We ended up having a drink in one which was made into the shape of a boat and, so it turned out, run by rock fan - all sorts of classic tunes playing on the sound system - metallica, ac dc, led zeppelin. we talked to him for a time and also a very drunk but happy Venezualan living in Manta. They both thought lou was beautiful and the bar man asked if she had a sister! We went home at 4am and people were still out in the street throwing fireworks, dancing, singing, laughing, it was just such a good night.
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