Hashtag Blessed

Hello Everyone!

So, the last time I posted, I was getting ready to go to a Cheese Festival in another volunteer’s community. Let me tell you it was…


I got to hang out with a lot of my favorite people and eat ALL of the cheese!!! At one point, we were pretty much like…


The festival included not only cheese, chocolate and friends but also, a cheese relay race where teams had to run around town with a 40 pound block of cheese (the volunteers got 3rd place), a best dressed cuy competition (look it up, it’s great), llama races and much much more! It was pretty amazing!

After the festival, I got back to work and wrapped up the HIV/AIDS prevention group and my two substance abuse prevention groups. We had official graduations with snacks and certificates for all the groups and it was so adorable! My little kids were pretty much like…


During this time, I also had a friend visiting me from China! We didn’t get to do too much touristy stuff but he did get an authentic experience and got to meet and hang out with my Quito community! The entire time we were pretty much like…


After a week in Quito, my friend and I then boarded separate planes, heading for the same place…



We both headed back to the homeland to spend some time with friends and family and to attend my big brother’s wedding!

I arrived the day before Thanksgiving and my sister-in-law and I cooked Thanksgiving dinner together! I was pretty much like…


It was great to spend Thanksgiving with my family and then afterwards I got to go hang out with some of my friends! We were pretty much like…


I spent the rest of my time back home eating everything I could get my hands on and drinking ALL of the Dr. Pepper I could find! I got to catch up with friends, hang out with family and relax. It was amazing! Then I got to see my brother get married!


It was a beautiful ceremony and reception and I couldn’t be happier that I now have a new sister! My heart is like…


I am so glad that I could make it back and spend that time with family and friends.


So, after all of the celebrations I returned to my Quito family. I had a Christmas party with my co-workers and was getting ready to celebrate the holidays. Then a week after my return, I was dancing with a friend and I dislocated my knee! When it happened we were pretty much like….


My friend had to put it back into place and I was pretty much just freaking out the entire time. I then called the Peace Corps doctors and was taken to the hospital the next morning. They did x-rays, an MRI and put me in a brace that immobilized my knee and then sent me on my way. I now feel like this when I’m walking around…


The next week I went to see a specialist and they said that I needed to keep my knee immobilized for 3 more weeks. After that we’ll check everything again and if it’s OK, then I will need to do 2 months of physical therapy. While being immobile makes me feel like…


The fact that I don’t need surgery makes me feel like…


So right now, I’m working from home. I still have around 2 more weeks of immobilization time but I’m doing alright. I can walk for a couple hours a day so I can run small errands and also, I was able to go to my friend’s Christmas dinner and celebrate with them!


I have also now had some time to start looking at Master’s programs and to start studying for the GRE so at least I’m being productive!


This weekend I am also planning on having a dinner with friends for New Year’s Eve and then going to watch people burn effigies at a safe distance! Not my original plan, but I’m glad I’ll get to be with friends and participate in some of the celebration!

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace out!



2 thoughts on “Hashtag Blessed

  1. cute!! i did some research and found out that the color of your underwear New Year’s Eve is HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT!! so are you opting for yellow or red?

    and if you can, burn an effigy of death for me? and a knee for yourself…..thanks!!!

  2. Hello Courtney I’m Gabriel a PCV from Albania who is actually ecuadorian and happy you are enjoying my country. I am writing this because my service here in Albania is ending and as a next step I want to go back to Ecuador to do some development work and visit my family. I was wondering if you or anyone of the other volunteers know of any NGOs or projects that I could help in? It’s like I want to do peace corp, but in my own country.

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