I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted but things have been pretty crazy! I made it safe and sound to Ecuador a week ago but already it seems like it’s been MONTHS! When we first arrived we grabbed our stuff, got through customs and we were all like:
Then we all got on a bus and went to the Peace Corps Training Center in Tumbaco. Apparently it used to be a school that was renovated for Peace Corps use. We slept in bunk beds and had around 9 people in each room. We stayed there for the first 3 days in the country. During that time we had various training activities, signed paperwork and got some extra vaccines! It was great spending time getting to know the other volunteers and I felt like I was right in the middle of everything because I brought UNO! One of the volunteers taught us a cut-throat version and we were like:
On Saturday afternoon we went to our host family’s houses and just so you know… my family is AWESOME! It is a family of four, my Ecuadorian Mom, Dad and 2 sisters (both teenagers). I was pretty exhausted by the time we got all of my stuff to their house but Sunday was their daughter’s Confirmation so we had to prepare for the party. I was dragging my feet about going anywhere but one of the volunteers they hosted in the past came into town and she helped me get through the first night. We ran errands ALL OVER the place and by the end of it I was like:
That night another volunteer arrived but I was already asleep… In the morning we woke up and went to the market which was a mixture between:
After that we spent the whole afternoon preparing food for the Confirmation party…. And then we went to the Confirmation which was in Spanish, of course, and I was kind of like:
Afterwards we came back to the house and had dinner. I didn’t know this but apparently it is normal for there to be dancing at almost EVERY Ecuadorian party so after dinner we moved all of the living room furniture around, cranked up the stereo and stood around doing this:
But the whole time I was just thinking about the cake we were about to eat….
Monday started our 11 week training here in Tumbaco and so far we have learned a lot about crimes committed against volunteers/tourists and also about all of the worms/parasites we will probably get while we’re here… At the end of Tuesday we were all like:
Yesterday was also hard because one of the volunteers had to go back to the States for a surgery and won’t be able to come back, we were all like:
But we had a going away party for her and someone serenaded her with a Flight of the Conchords song and then we were all like:
Well, that’s pretty much it for this week… I’m going to try to write updates weekly but we will see how that works!
I will also try to post a mailing address because I want to be the first person to get a letter so I can be all like:
I miss you all and I hope you are all doing well, please send me your updates too and get on the Skypes because my host family has Wi-Fi! WOOT!
Hope to hear from you soon!