Wanderlust Wednesday #18

I was watching Insecure on HBO the other day and a character said: “…that’s why they’re called dreams, you’re not supposed to achieve them…”. It was funny in a strange kind of way. That’s definitely one way to look at it, but the only way to make your dreams reality is to achieve them. So this […]

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6 Memorable Travel Firsts

Hey, Y’all! You know those memories that stick with you? The ones where you don’t need photos to recall the moments because they were so profound? Sometimes, of course, certain memories fade, but some seem like they’ll last forever – like these events that make up my memorable travel firsts. Most of these are good memories. Some […]

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A Hard Goodbye

Sunday, July 9, 2017  The Ecuador Journals: #7 Final Part  “No, I haven’t tried quimbolito, but I want to,” I said to C in Spanish. “You haven’t tried it because you haven’t come to my house”, she replied in more fluent Spanish. What followed was an invitation to her house which we regretfully turned down […]

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A Forest of Clouds

Another week, another part of this country ticked off a list I never had. If you had told me in May that I’d get to see this much of Ecuador, I would have asked you where the time would come from.  Between our often busy weekly schedules and my graduate research project, I didn’t expect […]

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6 Misconceptions about Travel

The other day, my friend and I were talking about common travel misconceptions; a.k.a untrue thoughts about travel and its aspects. We chatted about our thoughts for a while so I’ll be including hers -and mine, of course- as part of this list. Some of these I’ve always known to be misbeliefs, while the rest […]

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Clear Blue Skies

Sunday, June 25, 2017  The Ecuador Journals #6 On some mornings, very rarely, the skies up here in the mountains are an almost crystal clear shade of blue. On days like this, if you’re in the right spot, you can see the peaks of mountains and snow-capped volcanoes. But every day isn’t like this; on […]

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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 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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