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The Medicine Man

I cannot believe that it has already been 2 weeks that we have been here in Ecuador.  I thought it felt as though I had been here forever, then someone mentioned to me that today is 2 weeks, and I gasped with shock.  Time is flying here and our rigorous schedule always keeps me busy.  This past [...]

A Shower for the Soul.

I have recently discovered that there are some types of body cleansing that may require one to take a shower afterward. Sound like a confusing form of logic? Keep reading and you’ll understand. Recently, some of the Augie students here in Ecuador went on a weekend trip to Saraguro, a smaller town that has an [...]

First Days in Cuenca

So first of all, I would like to apologize to everyone for taking so long to write this and not having pictures again.  I just got settled into Cuenca (my home for the next 3 weeks) and do not think that the computers here like my camera.  So there will not be any pictures until [...]

Mi Hermoso Ecuador

We´ve just wrapped up our first week in Cuenca and I´m sorry it´s been so long since my last update! On our way from Riobamba we stopped at Ingapirca, the site of Inca ruins in the Cañar Province or Ecuador. Originally, Ingapirca was inhabited by the Cañaris until the Incas took over and blended their [...]

Uhhh…No hablo español.

It’s been, what, 8 days since arriving in Ecuador? It feels like it’s been much longer, but in a good way. We’ve been traveling to so many amazing places and having so many once in a lifetime experiences that it’s hard to believe that this really is my life right now!

La Comida y La Cultura

We arrived to Cuenca last night and today we had our first set of classes.  I am sitting at CEDEI (where we have classes) on a lovely patio with beautiful flowers.  Two little girls are watching me write this from the window, and every time I look at them they giggle.  So far, Ecuador has [...]

On the way to Cuenca

I´m writing to you all from a computer in a small room, in a converted hacienda, way before wake-up call.  I woke up a little early on my own this morning and decided that it would be a wonderful idea to explore the grounds at sunrise. I´ll have to upload some pictures soon because everything [...]

Ecuador, Day 1.

I wish I could give a full update on everything that’s happened in the last day, but that would be a lot to write and read about. The flight from Houston to Quito went along smoothly. I watched a couple of movies and played cards with the guys in the seats next to me, so [...]

Ecuador

Location: Ecuador Altitude: 2 miles above sea level So after a long busy summer of waiting, I´m finally here in beatiful, sunny Ecuador! After getting about 4 hours of sleep on Tuesday (2 more than I expected) most of Wednesday was spent in airports and on the planes.  We arrived in Quito´s international airport at [...]

Whirlwind …

A whirlwind.  That’s how I would describe these past couple days as I have been preparing to depart for Quito, Ecuador, the first stop on my Latin American adventure.  My head has been in some sort of foggy haze as I have been preparing for this trip for oh so many reasons. First of all, [...]