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La Madrina

ECUADOR | Saturday, 16 Aug 2008 | Views [4285] | Comments [1]

If I have one strategy about living in Ecuador, it is to accept all invitations I receive (that is, with the exception of the invitations offered to me from men on the street between their wet smootching noises and hisses). But in terms of ... Read more >

Gallery: Ambato y Baños de Ambato

ECUADOR | Saturday, 16 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

The second week of my first vacation
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Gallery: Julian (and the rest of the fam)

ECUADOR | Saturday, 16 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

We joke Julian, who is 1, is my novio. All I know is that he is really cute!
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Gallery: La Vida del SECAP

ECUADOR | Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

paseos, students, madrinas
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Gallery: Vilcabamba

ECUADOR | Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

tranquidad to the max
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Gallery: Hanging with the N and J

ECUADOR | Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

Natty and Jake visit!
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Eating Pets in the Pueblito

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | Views [2524] | Comments [3]

My mother always says that she did not eat cuy when my parents were in Ecuador because my father wouldn’t let her.   Since my father isn’t anyone to allow my mother to do anything, this was always said in jest.   I do not know the real extent ... Read more >

Canned Peaches, Flora and an Old Tire

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | Views [909]

Kat had an unexpected four day weekend.   That is to say, her expected three day weekend turned into one of four days when she discovered that Thursday was an exclusive holiday for the employees of the University where she teaches – meaning it not ... Read more >

Solitude in Company

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | Views [696]

Friday May 2, 2008 I practiced my lie on the way home tonight.   Walking the three blocks up the winding Lorezo Piedra, around the piles of crumbled stone from construction projects I never see being worked on, and past the green graffiti ... Read more >

Gallery: Mi ciudad

ECUADOR | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

Cuenca, in all its glory
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Gallery: Guayaquil for a night

ECUADOR | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

I went to Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city for one night, in order to celebrate fellow vol Shelby's b-day. Much dancing ensued.
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Gallery: Jima, and eating pets

ECUADOR | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

My weekend trip to the pueblocito of Jima, and my first experience eating Cuy (guinea pig, yum yum!)
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Gallery: The Amazon, for real

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Perros Calientes

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | Views [1585] | Comments [1]

Shock may be too strong of a word, (I think amusement is more appropriate), but I have found one cultural difference which stands out to me – if only in its frequency. Indeed, I generally think of hot dogs as one of the few typical North American ... Read more >

La Familia

ECUADOR | Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | Views [710] | Comments [1]

    We were all waiting in the conference room of the Hotel Embassy, immediately after our session about some classically Ecuadorian cultural quarks. In addition to the warning that men would be pressured to drink a lot, and that there are many Quichaua ... Read more >

A Bubble Indeed

ECUADOR | Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | Views [865] | Comments [1]

A bubble orientation was, for sure. We had classes all day every day, commencing with Spanish classes at 7 in the morning, and eventually ending at the conclusion of our practice teaching at SECAP Sur in Quito at 8 in the evening. Besides ... Read more >

Gallery: Orientation, Quito

ECUADOR | Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Words I Will Likely Eat Later

ECUADOR | Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Views [554]

I received numerous materials before my departure about the difficult process of adjusting to a new culture – “this is different, that is really different, you’ll probably make this mistake, you’ll definitely interpret that wrong . . ... Read more >

A Future Upon Me

ECUADOR | Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Views [766]

For something that had been a plan for 10 months, the fact that I was actually leaving for Ecuador was a surprise, something that sort of snuck up on me. So the night before my flight to Quito, I found myself confused ... Read more >