Taita Ilalo a This is a view from an extinct volcano that sits in the heart of a valley bellow Quito. I live in a neighborhood called Rumihuaico in a valley about thirty minutes outside of Quito, Ecuador. This story is about change. Itas about the mixture of past, present, and future. Not so long ago, this valley, which sits right bellow Quito, was just vast farmland. In recent years there has been a population explosion, leading to super highways and shopping malls. Despite the exponential growth and the rise of fast-food joints and global pop culture, parts of this area maintain the qualities of a small Ecuadorian pueblo. Rumihuaico, Tumbaco, and the rest of the neighborhoods in this valley are the perfect example of the old vs. new, chicha (a Pre-Columbian corn drink) vs. Coca-Cola Zero, or cockfights vs. movie theaters. It is a fusion of the old generation and the new generation, a chaotic mixture, which I am a part of.