09 February 2010

Universidad San Francisco

8/2. Throughout the night, after visiting the Cotopaxi yesterday, I heard the full concert of the frogs in the nearby swamps from 10 in the evening till 5 o'clock in the morning. Then the birds took over, a sign that it would soon be light. Apparently, one has to get used to sleeping at a hight of 3200 m. In the morning the Colombian coffee and the fried eggs made us soon feel better.

Sebastian came to bring us to the Universidad San Francisco near Quito. Now the sun was shining and we hardly recognized this road we had driven two days ago in the rain: it was a beautiful road through a Switzerland-like landscape.

The campus with nice gardens and buildings and the many students reminded me of that of Be'er-Sheva, also with respect to (and Hilbert agrees) the many elegant students.

The beautiful campus of the Universidad San Francisco

This would be the "science-part" of our trip: Telling an interested audience how we think that the cells in a bacterial population keep their average size constant, I had to breath deeply between the slides. 

Between the slides I had to breath heavily....
At right our host Sebastian Robalino Espinosa, former student at Molecular Cytology

After the talk we had lunch with Gabriel Trueba, the director of the Instituto de Microbiologia and with Sebastian. As Gabriel was not only interested in the bacterial cell cycle but also in our trip, he kindly introduced me to the geographer Carlos Mena. He explained to me that my new touch screen google-telephone did not have a GPS. He then offered me a real GPS for our trip. We should come tomorrow again to fetch it.

Sebastion Robalino, myself, Gabriel Trueba and Hilbert 

Sebastian brought us to Hotel Antinea, an old villa close to an area in Quito with small pubs and restaurants.

An impression of Hotel Antinea

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