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Winter at the middle of the earth
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:57 AM

By Kylee Baumle

As I write this, I’m in Ecuador, with my mother, visiting Karina, the exchange student we had in 1993-94. Some of you might remember her and what a delight she was to our family. She’s all grown up now, married, and expecting her first baby.

We’re here in this stunningly beautiful country for two weeks and so far we’ve gone bird watching in the cloud forest, looked into a volcanic crater, stood on the equator, and visited a flower farm, just to name a few things. And not to rub it in as we read about the crazy cold weather in Ohio, but the climate here is pretty close to ideal.

This is my third trip to Ecuador, having gone in 1994 and then again in 2003, when Karina was married. Each time has brought new adventures, though the purpose of each visit was to spend time with her, as she is a much loved member of our extended family.