La Vida Ecuatoriana

The Ecuador Journals #5 Monday, June 19, 2017 L & C had invited friends over to their home for pizza, drinks, and dessert. As we ate, I tried to follow along with the conversation that eventually became so rapid and filled with novel words that I struggled a bit. Before I could translate a phrase […]

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Ecuador: The Country of Love

Sunday, June 11, 2017  The Ecuador Journals #4 I had just hit my toe on a rock while trying to say hello to some kids on the street. Note to Self: Look where you’re going. As I sat at the bus stop trying to stop the bleeding, an older man walked up to me find […]

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The Middle of the World?

What do you do when you find out everything you’ve ever known is wrong? Okay, I’m being a tad dramatic here. I had only known about this place for 2 weeks, and it’s hardly everything I’ve ever known. ∗∗∗ On a particularly sunny and clear Sunday afternoon, a few of us interns arrived at Ciudad Mitad […]

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The Kids Are Alright.

Sunday, June 4, 2017 The Ecuador Journals #3 It was time to clock out from one of my shifts at the Centro (center) where we work, when a little kid who wasn’t even as tall as the table walked up to me, stretched out his hands towards mine and said “ciao!”. He hadn’t spoken to […]

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The Stretch Zone 

The Ecuador Journals #2  Sunday May 28, 2017 C drew three circles on the white board.The innermost one represented the comfort zone, the next one was the stretch zone and for when you’ve gone too far, the outermost circle represented the danger zone. Okay I can’t remember if she called it the danger zone, but […]

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Under the Panamanian Sun

It’s Friday, It’s Friday! Gotta get down on Friday? No? I’ll stop. For our last few days in Panama [see here & here for previous posts], we spent two nights at Luna’s Castle hostel in Casco Viejo (Old town). This was not my first stay at a hostel (or in rooms with bunk beds crammed […]

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Beach Daze: Panamá

Thank God it’s Friday, Thank God it’s Friday! *Chants and does a hop, skip, and jump*  I’m particularly excited because this marks my penultimate week of classes as a graduate student. I’m almost delirious with happiness; which will probably only last till its time to find a job. Haha! In March of this year, I […]

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Wanderlust Wednesday #10

Hello everyone, Sending happy mid-week vibes to you wherever you are in the world. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer with an amazing organization and group of people -International Student Volunteers- in the Dominican Republic. These were honestly the best 5 weeks of my entire year, and I’d do it all […]

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Beach Daze : 7 Most Beautiful Beaches

Hello & Happy Friday! Quick update: For anyone who was expecting a post for the Chicago series, it will be back next Friday. Today, I have something different and I hope you all enjoy it. A couple of nights ago, I was scrolling through Instagram when I noticed I have a decent number of photos […]

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