Fiestas, Fiestas, Fiestas!

Hello Everyone!

I knew that living in Quito would be slightly busier than Celica…

understatement

But these last 2 months have definitely been some of the busiest of my time in Peace Corps!

As I mentioned in my last post, I started working at a new organization, which is basically a before and after school program for children. We help them with their homework and also provide healthy activities for them to do in their free time.

I started working at my new counterpart at the beginning of December, right before the fiestas of Quito. My first week was basically watching various programs that the kids put on for the festivals, helping with recycled art project and moving groups of kids from one location to another which was basically like…

herding cats

After the festivals were over, it was time for all of the Christmas celebrations! During these weeks I helped take a group of kids to see the Nutcracker on ice which was pretty much like…

what just happened

And the kids were pretty much like…

stewie-running-o

We also had a Christmas program for the children that involved a soccer demonstration, baton twirlers/dancers and a magician! During the entire program I was pretty much like…

thats awesome

After the Christmas celebrations I took some time off of work because one of my friends from the States came to visit me for Christmas! It was pretty much as magical as this…

magical

Her first night here we hung out with several volunteers and some of our Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Brazilian friends. We spent the whole night dancing in our apartment and we had a BLAST! We were pretty much like…

whip nae nae

The next day we went to the historical center of Quito and magically got pickpocketed along the way to which we were like…

sad whatever

The next day we went to Mindo, which is a National Park in a transitional zone so it’s kind of like the jungle. While we were there, we went to a butterfly sanctuary and were pretty much like…

MindBlown

There were so many butterflies EVERYWHERE!!! It was amazing!

Then we went on a hike to see some waterfalls at the end of the hike it started raining and I was pretty much like…

No 2

So we went and hung out at a shelter and a nice couple gave us a ride back to town.

After Mindo we came back to Quito and spent Christmas Eve/Christmas Day with volunteers! We had a potluck and a white elephant gift exchange! On Christmas Day, we went to Chili’s (yes Ecuador has Chili’s) and then went to watch a movie. It was pretty much the epitome of…

usa

After Christmas we went to Otavalo, which is famous for it’s market. While we were there we did some Christmas shopping and also ran into some volunteers and got to hang out with them for a while!

The next day we went to hike around a crater lake called Cuicocha with a volunteer from my training class. We loved the hike and the scenery and I could not stop staying…

so beautiful

Seriously one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to!

After that we went back into Quito and just went around the city. We went to my favorite museum here and mostly just got to hang out and relax together. All in all it was an amazing and relaxing trip. I’m so blessed that I have friends that will come and visit me so far away during the holidays!

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Also a big shout out to Lesley who sent goodies down for me and my kiddos!

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You make me feel so loved!

After my friend left to go back to the States I ended up staying in Quito for New Year’s. I was going to go to the coast but by the time my friend and I went to buy tickets, they were all sold out…

tears

However, I was pretty tired (and broke) after my vacation so it actually wasn’t the worst thing that could’ve happened. So I ended up getting to hang out with some of my friends in Quito and we went out and watched people set of fireworks and burn things. Then we jumped over the burning things for good luck so hopefully 2016 is lucky!

luck

After all of the holidays and traveling I finally went back to my counterpart. Right now I’m currently helping kids with their English homework, helping my coworkers with whatever they need and mostly observing everything to see what projects I could potentially start.

In Peace Corps I am doing various training activities with volunteers and staff, working on organizing site visits and hopefully getting a substance abuse prevention training organized for the spring!

fingers crossed

Overall I have been pretty busy either with work or play so we will see what happens next! I’m hoping I can really take off with my projects at my new counterpart and Peace Corps over the next months. I’m still loving life and all of my visitors in Quito.

living the dream

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

Peace out!

Viviendo el Sueño!!!

Hello Everyone!

Life in Quito so far has pretty much been like…

yasssss

Shortly after the last time I wrote, my roommate (and fellow Volunteer Leader) came back from his visit to the States and a conference in El Salvador. When we FINALLY started living together we were pretty much like…

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I am so happy to be living with him and I’m excited about all of the adventures we’re going to have over the next year! I’m really hoping this happens soon…

tandem

… It’s only a matter of time.

As far as work is concerned, I’m really loving being a Volunteer Leader. So far I have been able to visit several volunteers and help some of them get apartments approved so they can live on their own. I also had my first cluster meeting which made me feel like…

freak out

But was a great chance to meet all of the volunteers I’ll be supporting over my next year here!

Over the last month I also had a change in counterparts. I was originally working with the Red Cross, but after further evaluation I realized that unfortunately, I would not be working directly with youth and families which made me feel like…

sad michael

So after helping them with a substance abuse prevention manual I talked to my Program Manager and we agreed that it would probably be best to find a new counterpart that fits my interests.

Unfortunately, finding a new counterpart is HARD! I spent several weeks looking online and just being like…

npln

But fortunately for me, a new volunteer knew of an organization that works with at risk children and families and he was like…

do this thing

After going to meet with them a couple times, I was worried that it wasn’t going to work out because of all of the paperwork we were going to have to do and I was feeling like…

now what

But my Program Manager called them and they were so excited to work with me that they said I could go ahead and start working before the paperwork is finished! After receiving that news I was pretty much like…

excited2

So now I will be working with a local government organization called Casa de la Niñez #1, I’m starting in a few weeks so I’ll give you more details on what I’m doing there next month.

This last month a few of my volunteer friends and I celebrated Halloween in Quito! The Independence Day of Cuenca was right around the same time so we also had a 4 day weekend!

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I dressed as Frida Khalo which surprising to me, most people didn’t recognize…

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We went out to the clubs and my friend told me that I became a “whirlwind of dance” which I’m pretty sure means I looked like this…

happy dance

I had a lot of fun and enjoyed the rest of the weekend hanging out with a fellow Volunteer Leader and all of the volunteers that passed through Quito for the holidays!

After Halloween I was asked to attend another cluster meeting and present information about the Monitoring and Evaluation workshop I attended back in September. This cluster meeting was on the coast and I was very excited to see the beach again. Unfortunately, it’s rainy season for the coast so it was overcast and windy…

realizations tantrum

But I really enjoyed seeing my coastal volunteer friends and getting to hang out, dance and get to know other volunteers even better! All in all I was pretty much like…

funnnnn

Next week is the Reconnect training for the newest Omnibus and as a Volunteer Leader I will be helping out the entire time with training and support. I am excited to see the new volunteers again and see how everything is in their sites! I’m also happy to be involved in several training sessions so I pretty much feel like…

ron-burgandy-very-important

After Reconnect, it’s Thanksgiving and the fiestas of Quito so I’m sure I will have A LOT to share with you next time I write!

Time sure is flying by and I’m LOVING living in Quito, overall I pretty much feel like…

I deserve this

Life is good.

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

Peace out!

“Sigo Siendo el Rey!”

Hello Everyone!

Sorry it’s taken a while for me to write again, as usual, since the last time I posted a blog soooo much has happened!

I had my last going away parties in Celica and had to say goodbye…

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I then successfully moved all of my stuff up to Quito! Which was pretty much like…

tupper

I unpacked and was here a week before going to the States for a month!

Being back home was AMAZING!!!

I was pretty much like…

shark week

And this…

i just wanna eat

I got to go to Colorado with my family, spend a week my best friend, float the Comal river, visit my family in Houston and spend time catching up with everyone in Fort Worth! All in all it made my heart feel like…

excited chris p

I want to say thank you to everyone who offered me a place to stay during my visit home. At one point I had keys to 5 of my friend’s houses in my purse! I also want to thank my friend for letting me borrow his car and for all of the people who drove me around town! You all reminded me how lucky I am, I don’t know what I’d do without you guys! It just makes me feel like…

right-here-bro

You’re all welcome to come visit me in Ecuador!!! I promise to take care of you and repay your kindness with all of the fun!

So after I left the States I came back right in time for Midservice training for Omnibus 112. It was great seeing my friends and getting to train them on different topics throughout the week! I also got to see some of my friends from my Omnibus that were there for training and all in all it was pretty much like…

dance party

Then after that training we had a week long training about Monitoring and Evaluation at the office which I thought was going to be like…

bored

But ended up being like…

fascinating

After that I had a week to kind of relax and get myself organized in Quito and then I went BACK to the States again for the 1st annual Global Leadership Summit with the Peace Corps!

When I got DC I went to my hotel room where I had a room all to myself with a KING SIZED BED!!!! When I walked in I was pretty much like…

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I then got to see two of my Returned Peace Corps Volunteer friends from Ecuador!!! Needless to say we had an adventure and I was pretty much like…

its all happening

The next day I went to the Summit in West Virginia where I had the honor of being 1 of the 6 Volunteer Leaders selected out of the entire agency to participate. It was an EXTREMELY humbling experience and I was pretty much like…

one boob at a time

It was truly incredible to be able to participate alongside almost every Country Director, the selected Host Country National employees and Headquarters staff. To be honest, no one warned me how big of a deal this was and when I walked into dinner the first night I was pretty much like…

confused run

Fortunately, I adjusted quickly (like us volunteers know how to do) and was able to network, advocate and appreciate this incredible opportunity.

During the week, we had A LOT of focus groups and I was able to be like…

tell you everything

Also, part of the week was dedicated to figuring out…

what do you do here

Because they’re trying to make the Volunteer Leader position more defined across the agency.

During the summit we had various speakers and workshops and I was able to think of new ways to improve our post in Ecuador and the agency as a whole.  It was a lot to take in and at the end of every day I was exhausted and pretty much like…

sweatpants

I hope I represented Ecuador and my fellow volunteers well and I can definitely say it was an amazing experience!

After the Summit I got back to DC and I got to see my best friend who is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Togo! I got to hang out with her and her fiancé and it was pretty much like….

rofling

She is also coming to visit me for Christmas this year so I’m obviously EXTREMELY excited about that!

So I finally returned to my sweet, sweet Ecuador Saturday night and I immediately went out to see some of my friends here. It is so nice to have that friend community to welcome you back and to go on adventures together with you. Once I went to bed I was pretty much like…

love my life

And then on Sunday I was like…

day long nap

This next month will be busy as I transition fully into my new role and try to find a Counterpart Agency to work with for my next year. I am so grateful for everything and everyone in my life and these last few months have definitely reminded me of how lucky I am.

I hope this next year can live up to the expectations I’m putting on it!

Either way I’ll be keeping you posted!

Thanks again for all of your love and support! I couldn’t do any of this without you!

the best

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

Peace out!

Closing Time…

Hello Everyone!

So since the last time I wrote you I have been all over Ecuador and back again!

I had my last cluster meeting down south where I was able to see some of my Loja and Cuenca friends and then I made my way back up to Quito for our LGBTQ volunteer support group! The Friday I arrived I took a nap and then was awakened by my friend jumping on me screaming that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality!!! Needless to say we were all like…

excited happy

So we had our meetings/celebrated and then the next afternoon happened to be Quito Pride! I had so much fun watching the parade and performances and dancing the night away! All in all we were pretty much like…

machine

Also one of my friends from college happened to be traveling through Quito at the same time I was there so I was able to see him and catch up a bit which was like…

such a good friend

After cluster meeting and pride, I then went back to Celica and had my last party with my Kid’s Club.

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I taught them about how we celebrate the 4th of July, we watched a video, colored some patriotic pictures and we even got to play with sparklers! It was a lot of fun and the kids were all like…

freak out 2

And because there was fire, I had to be like…

crazy pedal

But we had a blast and nobody caught on fire! It was definitely a great way to say goodbye to my kiddos!

For the real 4th of July I went up to visit the most northern volunteers from me since I hadn’t gone to visit them for the entire 2 years I’ve been here. I had fun spending time with them and seeing some volunteers that are now finished with their service. For the 4th we grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and were all like…

all of the food

We also swam in a pool, played with the extra sparklers and listened to the National Anthem about a million times…

usa

After the 4th I went back to Celica and started packing up my room. It’s crazy how quickly time has passed by and how much stuff one accumulates after living somewhere for 2 years! If I wasn’t moving to Quito I would definitely be leaving all of this stuff behind and only taking my backpack but since that is not the case I’m pretty much like…

packing

After getting most of my stuff ready to go, I had to go back up to Quito again for Volunteer Leader training. That was a lot of fun because I got to learn about all of the fun things I’ll be doing this next year and I got to hang out with my friends who are also staying! During that week I got to drive a car around Quito, eat sushi, go to a dinner party and have a movie night! Living in Quito is definitely going to be…

totally awesome

So after Volunteer Leader training I finally got to come back to my sweet celestial Celica! I will be here for about another week and then I’ll be moving my stuff all the way to Quito. Before I go though, a friend is coming to visit me so I’ll get to have a final visitor!

excited

After that I will have my last going away parties and then I will close this chapter of my life!

I’m sad to leave Celica, since it has been my home for the last two years but I know good things await me in Quito. I’m excited to continue this journey and I will make sure I keep you posted during my next year of service!

I will be back in the states next month so don’t expect an update until September!

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

Peace out!

The End is Nigh!

Hello Everyone!

Well since I’ve been back in site not too much has happened.

Shortly after arriving, I found out that the closest volunteer to me had to return back to the States for medical reasons. This made me feel like…

troy emotions

But I was able to see her before she left and say goodbye. Plus I know I’ll see her either back in the States or here so after saying goodbye I was pretty much like…

you get out of here

Once I was back in Celica I tried to start teaching at the schools again but our schedules didn’t work out. Instead I decided to just tell the kids that they could come to my kid’s club activities if they wanted. When I told the kids I was leaving at the end of July, they were mostly just like…

shrug

Which I thought was hilarious and definitely made it much easier to share the news.

So I started my kid’s club again and my regular kids are still attending which makes my heart feel like…

yaay

I told them that we’re going to have a 4th of July party at the end of the month and that will also be my going away party. They were a lot more upset to hear that I was leaving but they understood and were excited about having one last party.

I was also originally going to hold kid’s club once a week since I will be leaving soon but the kids begged me to have activities twice a week so I was just like…

ill allow it

Since there’s only a little time left I figured I should give the kids what they want. Also since I’m leaving soon whenever they act like this…

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I’m just like…

Phil-Thumbs-Up

During this last month I was also able to go up to Quito to meet the new trainees and do a couple training activities with them! It was great to get to know the newest group that I will be supporting throughout their service. I also got to hang out with other current volunteers while I was there and all in all the entire experience made me feel like…

dance party

After the training activities in Quito I went all the way back to Loja for my friend’s wedding!!!! After traveling for over 14 hours, I arrived and then was told that we were immediately going out to a club! So I went to the club in my traveling clothes and everyone I was with was like…

party

And I was just like…

sleep

I still had a blast though and woke up the next day, ready to go to the wedding and dance some more!

The wedding was so beautiful and I was so happy that a lot of current and former volunteers were there! We had a blast celebrating our friend’s marriage! The reception had a “vaca loca”, photo booth, open bar and a pool which the bride, groom and several volunteers ended up in by the end of the night. All in all we were pretty much like…

freak out

Definitely an amazing wedding! So much fun!

So now I’m back in Celica and next week I will be traveling again for cluster meetings and support groups! This last month and a half is going to be busy!

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

Peace out!

“The Hard is What Makes it Great.”

Hello Everyone!

Well the last time I left you I was finishing my first week of vacation classes which consisted of many fun activities, my favorite being the battle presentations between Virginia and North Carolina. Which were pretty much like…

cute-fight

North Carolina won that round but I have a feeling it’s not over yet.

Well the second week of camp was definitely a little more exciting than the first. I had two different volunteers come to help and since it also happened to be rainy season here in Celica, my classroom flooded! Twice! The first time it happened we were like…

point and run

And then when it happened again we were pretty much like…

shrug

So after that we had to cancel our afternoon classes and only hold them in the morning since it usually rains in the afternoon/evening. Flooding and landslides continued to happen all around, it was much worse than last year and at times the roads going in and out of Celica were totally blocked off. When I traveled during this time I was pretty much like…

shocked

However, they’re used to this weather and they usually had a bulldozer quickly at the scene to clear off the road (or at least one lane) so traffic could come through. I must say, this was a unique experience for me but it became the norm for that month or so.

life

Regardless of the flooding and landslides we still were able to have a very successful last week of camp. That week I had three different volunteers come to help! We did kindness activities and our last activity (and my personal favorite) was an Easter party! I taught the kids about how we celebrate Easter in the States. Then we made bunny ears for the kids to wear and Easter egg baskets and then we had our own Easter egg hunt!!! It was sooooo much fun! All of the kids were like…

fangirl

And the adults were like…

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It was a perfect way to end the classes and I am so happy that I was able to hold this final vacation class with my fellow volunteers!

Well after my vacation classes I got to go help some volunteers that live close to me with their summer activities. I had so much fun hanging out in their community, getting to know their kiddos and harmonizing all day and all night! (Ba da dummmm…)

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I was very happy that I got to participate and hang out with those volunteers in their element! Many memories were made!

Then after that camp my parents came down to visit!!!!

We conquered Quito in a day and then moved on to Peru! After spending a few days in Cusco, taking day tours to various Inca ruins and exploring the city, I took off on my own adventure to hike the Inca Trail!

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The Inca trail is usually a 4 day hike but because of raining and landslides (sound familiar?) they made it into a 3 day hike so we had to walk even more each day than normal to which I was like…

what have i done 2

The first day was the easiest day and by the end of it I did NOT want to know what the hard days were going to be like. The weather was sunny and hot, I was sweating like crazy and trying hard to stay hydrated and not get sunburned. We passed by two Inca ruins and walked a good hour or so uphill before getting to camp. When we were done I stretched, changed out of my sweaty clothes, ate and then was pretty much like…

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Just so you know, when you hike the Inca trail you’re required to go with a company and that company hires porters to carry all of the food, tents etc. These porters also cook all of the food, set up the tents etc. (the food is amazing by the way). Sooooo these local Peruvian men carry these HUGE packs that are about the same size as they are and they literally RUN past us on the trail. It’s truly impressive and whenever they passed us I was just like…

seriously

Well we got up early the next day with room service. They brought us tea to our tents which I promptly spilled and had to clean up with some of my clothes…

ug

I was carrying all of my stuff on the first day but our guide recommended that we hire a porter for the second day so I took his advice and I’m glad I did. On the second day the climate was more transitional and a lot colder than the day before. We hiked 3 straight hours uphill up to an altitude of around 14,000 ft. at Dead Woman’s pass. Needless to say, I was pretty much like…

breathe

While we had some quick hikers in our group, I was definitely of the mindset, slow and steady wins the race. I wouldn’t stop and instead would just slow my pace to about like this…

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Because I knew if I stopped, it would be much harder for me to get started again. After we finished with Dead Woman’s pass, we then had to hike 1 ½ hours downhill to eat lunch then 2 more hours uphill again. During the 2 hour hike up, it started pouring down rain and OF COURSE my rain gear was in my bag with the porter.

bang head

So for the second half of the hike I was just soaking wet and freezing. When we finally got to camp I changed out of my cold wet clothes, ate and was like…

fall over fail

That night was soooo cold that I actually used the mummy part of my sleeping bag and tucked myself in only to wake up later in the night and have a panic attack because I couldn’t get myself out of there!

Once I made it out of my sleeping bag alive I was definitely like…

laughing

The third day was pretty much all downhill…

Can_i_get_a_hallelujah

I was back to carrying my pack again and since everything was soaking wet from the day before, it felt like it weighed twice as much as the first day. I was definitely pleased that it was all downhill until the pressure from going down all of the stairs for so long started to hurt my knee. The views were spectacular and I was kind of sad that we were almost finished but my knee was ready. For the last 2 hours of the hike I had to go very slowly which made me feel like I was doing this to everyone…

bean-old-people-o

At the very end of the hike, before you make it to the Sun Gate (where you first see Machu Picchu) there are steps nicknamed “The Gringo Killers”. While there aren’t that many of these steps, they are definitely a little terrifying. They are extremely steep and you almost have to climb them like a ladder. I felt like I was going to fall backwards a few times with my pack. But once we were over those final steps we were like…

fist pump

We got to the Sun Gate and it was over! We were finally there! It was definitely an amazing, once in a lifetime, experience and I’m glad that I did it.

After we arrived, we hung out at the Sun Gate for a little bit and then made it down closer to Machu Picchu where we took some group pictures. We looked around for a minute and then headed down to Aguas Calientes where we spent the night in a hostel! We got showers but unfortunately most of us had to put back on dirty clothes to which we were all like…

gross

The next day we went back up to Machu Picchu, had a tour and I said goodbye to my group. My parents (who were playing around in Cusco this entire time) then met up with me at the entrance and I took another tour with them!

Fortunately, my parents brought me clean clothes and dry shoes so after our tours I was able to shower and change!

The next day we went back up to Machu Picchu and even though I had hurt my knee, I climbed back up to the Sun Gate with my Dad.

regret-nothing

Once we were done with the hike we walked around a little more and then headed back to Cusco.

On the train back, we got to see a fashion show of Peru Rail’s clothing line. It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip because it was an entire production with music and everything. The female employee was definitely model material and confidently walked down the aisle. Then the poor awkward male employee walked briskly down the aisle ready to be out of the spotlight and it was obvious that he was like…

uncomfortable

I felt bad for the guy but it was hilarious and he was such a good sport about it.

Shortly after my parents went back to the States after our grand adventure, my Omnibus (training group) had our Close of Service conference. It was great to see everyone all in one place again but it was crazy to think about how quickly two years passed by! I now only have about 2 more months left in Celica and then I will be moving to Quito. On the one side I’m like…

feelings

And on the other I’m like…

change

Well during our week long conference together, we definitely made a lot more memories involving a lot of karaoke and dancing! Then afterwards a few of us stayed for medical exams which aren’t so fun but the company was great! I ended up staying a few extra days and then got sick so then I was forced to stay a few more and then I finally made it back to Celica and was like…

dead

Honestly, it’s hard to imagine continuing for another year without the rest of my Omnibus here to support me through it. It’s definitely going to be hard but in the famous words of Tom Hanks…

hard makes it great

So I am looking forward to wrapping up my current adventure and moving on to the next one in Quito. I am also looking forward to coming back home for a month BEFORE starting my adventure in Quito. I will be keeping you posted on the official dates!

So for now I am meeting with community members and letting them know that I will be leaving soon and I am planning a going away party for my kiddos that will hopefully be…

amazing

Don’t worry the adventure is not over yet and I will keep you posted on what’s to come!

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

Peace out!

The Colombian Experience!

Hello Everyone!

The last time I left you, the schools in Celica were about to go on their summer breaks and I was about to go take a trip to Colombia! I had successfully set up a Red Cross youth group with my counterpart and I was feeling like…

happy dance

But as I had expected, once I left for vacation and summer break started everything was like…

crash

To which I was like…

I told you so

Apparently they haven’t had any meetings since I was gone and we’re going to just try to pick it back up in May once school has started and everyone is back from traveling!

But enough about that! I’m sure you’re more interested in hearing about my trip to Colombia! Well, one of my friends came down from the States and we got to travel to Bogota and Cartagena! We were able to do a lot of sightseeing and touristy things which I learned I am not very good at! Most of the time I’m pretty much like…

I want to do nothing

I am definitely more of a fan of exploring the culture and seeing daily life, I am also apparently a huge fan of beaches and guinea pig races!

woo hoo

During our time there, we stayed in hostels with backpackers from around the world. I must admit I am used to traveling with other volunteers and after talking and hanging out with some of them I was pretty much like…

amateur hour

While I did enjoy seeing this side of traveling, I definitely think I prefer to travel with more experienced travelers.  Fortunately we did end up running into some which was definitely a breath of fresh air and made me feel like…

bare necessities

It would take forever to tell you EVERYTHING we did so some of the highlights of our trip included, taking a cable car to Montserrat to see a beautiful view of Bogota, the Botero museum, cuy races, accidentally going to the biggest gay bar in Colombia, playa blanca, riding in a speed boat on the ocean, street food, performance art and making Colombian friends. After looking back at everything I’m kinda shocked at how much we got to do!

i can have it all

Some of the less than enjoyable experiences but memorable ones were, getting told to leave a neighborhood, someone in our group getting pick pocketed, witnessing a bribe, unwanted massages, interesting chat sessions and getting lost on the bus! All in all those experiences kinda made me feel like…

frustrated

In the end, this trip definitely made me appreciate Ecuador a little more and made me a bit more excited to move to Quito to see what my life will be like there. The possibility of actually having friends is kind of amazing to me since all of my friends in Celica are in elementary school and my social life pretty much consists of this…

lalalala

Speaking of my Celica friends! Once I arrived back in Celica, I immediately got started with vacation classes with my kids group! I currently have around 15 kids participating which isn’t shocking since most families travel during vacations and it’s also rainy season so apparently parents don’t send their kids out when it’s raining…

office-karen-shrug

I’m still excited with the turnout though and I really enjoy working with the kids, plus I have other volunteers coming to help me with the classes so I get to have company which makes me all like…

excited goat

I still have 2 more weeks of classes and several visitors coming to help so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

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

Peace out!