My name is Tim Sproule, and I am a plastic surgeon from Toronto, Canada who specializes in burns. I am going to Loja, Ecuador on an Interplast visiting educator workshop to teach Ecuadorian doctors and nurses about burn care. I teach laser physics and surgery at the University of Toronto, and I feel very lucky that I have the opportunity to come to Ecuador with Interplast to help empower the local doctors.
Right now I am sitting in my hotel room in Quito, Ecuador. The trip down was uneventful except just as we were landing last night. Apparently there was too much fog over the airport and the pilot decided at the last minute to pull up and fly around again for another approach. Many people on the plane got terrified and were chanting prayers, etc. I was vaguely aware of how close the mountains are around Quito from the last time I was here, and how mad I would be if we hit one!
Anyways, it obviously didn’t happen and we landed without any problems at all. My bags were X-rayed as we were going through immigration and an officer was interested in what I was bringing down, but passed me through without any problems. The hotel had a bus at the airport to pick me up and whisk me here - I don’t feel like I am out of North America yet.