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Trip: Mi Lindo Ecuador

There are [11] stories from my trip: Mi Lindo Ecuador

back in the States! [along with random cultural observations]

USA | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | Views [674]

It is the evening before classes start, and I realized I had kind of left my emails up in the air regarding my return home from Ecuador. So here are the highlights: So, picking up from my last email...my last 12 days I spent in Quito, seeing ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

winding through the Andes

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | Views [788]

My adventures started at 9:30pm on Wednesday night (I had vacation from school for the rest of the week because of the Fiestas de Quito) and I took the 9 hour overnight bus from Quito to Cuenca. As we passed through different neighborhoods and areas ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Dreads, windex, and plastic gloves

ECUADOR | Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | Views [1102]

So my month-long hiatus from the catcalls, heckling, and general street-calling came to a screeching halt about 2 weeks ago. Because my hair decided it wanted to un-dread itself, I complied, and Daniela, and Lucy a little bit, spent the better part ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Surprise visit and more cultural observations

ECUADOR | Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | Views [1070]

So my last three weekends were spent 1) in Quito, 2) in Montañita…for the 3rd time! and 3) in Quito again, but with my mom this time. My mom bought her tickets 11 days before coming, and it was quite a surprise when I found out via chat with my sister ... Read more >

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survival and afterthoughts [and photos at the end!]

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | Views [676]

Ok, I'm just going to get these three things out of the way: 1) I almost died this weekend in the Pacific Ocean 2) I got dreads 3) I have a new-found invigorating appreciation for simply being alive So this weekend I headed back on the Guayaquil-... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Please leave all bad perceptions of Colombia at the door.

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 30 Sep 2007 | Views [888]

As many will be surprised to know, no doubt my parents, this weekend my friend Lindsay and I went to Colombia. The reactions of our friends varied from "I totally want to go with!" to looks of sheer terror, while others claimed it may be ... Read more >

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random early-morning thoughts

ECUADOR | Saturday, 22 Sep 2007 | Views [595]

As a female in Ecuador, one is subjected to the daily whistling and heckling of the men that have deemed this an appropriate form of flirting or getting one's attention. As a gringa in Ecuador, it is even worse. No less than twice a day, just in walking ... Read more >

Tags: Living Abroad

yes, I am STUDYing abroad

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | Views [625]

It seems that despite stories of me zooming around the country in bus, boating on active volcanoes, getting lost on 5 hour hikes, the topic many of you are asking the most about is "what about school?". I'm sure the padres will appreciate ... Read more >

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I exorcise the nastiness out of chicken hearts

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | Views [595]

So last night I sat down to dinner of some rice, potatoes and some sort of meat-looking pieces. I eagerly bit into a meat piece to find the consistency to be less than satisfying (consistency being EVERYTHING when I eat), nonetheless, I continued. ... Read more >

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Ecuador driving and photos

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | Views [532]

For a play by play with photos from this last weekend, go to http://www.facebook.com/al bum.php?aid=2277880&l=47f8 d&id=8628451 And for more Ecuador observations, I turn to the driving system. Like any large city, Quito is a crazy ... Read more >

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A Mi Lindo Ecuador

ECUADOR | Sunday, 26 Aug 2007 | Views [601]

The subject is actually the title to the unofficial national anthem of Ecuador. Every morning, my host mom is singing it as she´s preparing breakfast with the idea that I will know all the words by the time I leave. As for now, I just end up ... Read more >

Tags: Living Abroad