An Unforgettable Summer

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When I was 16 years old, I spent the summer in Ecuador as an exchange student. I took slide photos, and just recently made them digital by scanning. This is a special story for me, and this summer is extra special, because it's the 40th anniversary of this life-changing event.

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  • 1. It was the summer of1969. I was 16 years old. I spent the summerin Ecuador as an exchange student.

2. I lived in the city of Riobamba, in theof the Andes mountains. 3. I stayed with theGrandafamily. 4. I became very close to my Ecuatorian family. Oswaldo Roberto Lilin Diego Fabin Mami Papi 5. This was our house and the street where we lived. 6. More pictures of ourcasa . 7. From the top of our roof, there was a beautiful view of Chimborazo. Carmen, Lilis best friend. 8. I loved the breathtaking landscape around Riobamba! 9. Riobamba in 1969. 10. What did I do that summer...? ....shopped at the local market with Oswaldo, Lili, and Carmen... 11. ....played tennis, went to the park,visited with two other exchange students, got together with friends.... 12. ...laughed... ...went to parties... 13. ....visited the quinta , took walks, had picnics, bought handicrafts.... 14. ...and watched as the poor and indigenous worked hard. 15. One week-end we went to the town of Baos to bathe in the warm, volcano-warmed, mineral waters. On the way home, we stopped at a waterfall.... 16. We always had a lotof fun together.... 17. I traveled to Guayaquil to visit the family of a boy I knew. 18. I also spent time in Quito, at Carmens house. Carmens friends took me to the Equatorial line, just north of Quito. 19. One foot in the northern hemisphere, one in the southern. 20. I do not believe that I could have had a more perfect experience than I did. 40 years later, I still remember that summer very vividly and with great affection. 21. Luckily, in my line of work, Im not likely to ever forget. September 2006: Roberto visiting me in the classroom where I teach Spanish. 22. Made withand in honor of all of the wonderful people of Latin America, but especially my dear Ecuatorian family who will forever remain mi familia . Music: Quireme mucho from the album Latino Americano by Franck Pourcel.(This music was frequently heard in the Granda household that summer.) 23.