Some time ago I decided to change my life. Not in a change my hair, or redecorate my apartment kinda of way. I wanted to change everything.
While I love to travel, I wasn’t really looking to run around the world checking boxes off a list. My goal was to really live differently. The first idea, like many recently graduated American 20-somethings, was the PeaceCorps. After a few months of research, info sessions, and filling out forms, I realized that I could be in the just the application process for a year and still not get in. I didn’t have a year to wait around. I scrapped that plan and and began thinking through other options.
So why exactly did I want to join the PeaceCorps? A long-term stay in a developing country… Living with locals and like locals… Doing something beneficial for the community, like teaching… Not just seeing, but living and learning something different. It became pretty clear to me that I didn’t need the PeaceCorps to do those things. I could do that on my own. So I filled up a backpack, bought a ticket to Ecuador and left, without speaking any Spanish, with no job lined up, and just a starting point and a general goal.
This is a place for my personal stories and adventures, which will hopefully be entertaining for some, and maybe something inspirational or informative for anyone else looking to come to Ecuador or ex-patriate themselves on this crazy continent.