It's about 8am. All twenty of us arrived last night, and we were put up in a hostel by the airport in Guayaquil. We'll be leaving in about an hour for Cuenca, where we'll be spending our first two weeks doing Spanish tutoring and curriculum preparation. It's hotter and more humid in Guayaquil than it'll be in the rest of our trip, so keeping that in mind helped when we were (happily) sweating through our sheets last night.
Sights: It was almost midnight here when we arrived last night, but on our way to the hostel I saw some scooters and closed storefronts through the condensation on the bus window. There are high, pastel colored walls with locking gates around almost all of the buildings on the streets, presumably for safety during the night.
Sounds: Snappy bird calls. The parakeets outside our window started around 6am, and are a tad harsher (more harsh?) than our birds back home. Thankfully, the window was right by the head of my bunk bed, so I didn't miss a second of it.
Smells: Faint whiffs of human sweat. 100% of us traveled for at least nine hours yesterday and about 30% of us have showered.