The worldwide Augustana College experience

ECUADOR! Summer 2010

Tomorrow morning at 7:45 am I will be getting on a plane for the first time in my life! My family has always driven everywhere, so I am nervous/excited to be flying for the first time! 3 hours later the plane will land in Miami. At 4:15 pm I will board another plane that will land in Quito, [...]

Where am I again?

As I was walking down the street the other day I was greeted by several signs advertising everything from restaurants to dentistry, but all of the ads had something in common: There were an unusual amount of European looking faces smiling back at me trying to entice me to buy into whatever they were selling. [...]

What I will miss most about Ecuador

I know this is very late, but I promise I’ll talk about Peru soon! For now, a quick update about leaving Ecuador… What I’ll miss most. 1.The language

Getting Sick in a Foreign Country.

Last spring Dr. Bertsche said that ALL of us were going to get sick at some point in time while on this trip—foreign travel has not only risks, but some inevitability. I didn’t believe him because I rarely get sick and was convinced that I have a super-human immune system. Whelp, with my foot in [...]

The Family Concept.

My Ecuadorian host family taught me a great deal about the meaning of family from the perspective of another culture. My experience not only altered my view of Ecuadorian culture, but it also gave me a new perspective on what family is to people of the United States.

A Taste of Ecuador…Second Try

Hello again. Sorry to everyone that tried to read this the first time and could not. I have been having quite a few problems with my blogging account (including not being able to upload pictures), but hopefully there will be no more major problems with it. I am going to try and write this post [...]

The Hike

Another week has past, yet my tapestry for art class has only grown about half an inch… When are those due again?  Last weekend I had planned on getting at least half way done on the way to Saraguro, however, sleep, of course, overcame me.  I had my first mountain hiking experience in Saraguro and wow [...]

I’m still here!!

My last couple days in Ecuador are filled with mixed feelings. Initially I feel like I can’t wait to leave, but I know when we finally go I will wish to have a bit more time. I want to leave Ecuador not because of the country itself, because this is a great country, but because [...]

Top 10.

Top 10 Things I Miss About Living in the United States 10.  American football: Some of my friends went to a sports bar to try and watch the Bears play the Packers, but the game wasn’t on any of the channels. I’m sort of glad I didn’t see it, though, because it sounded painful for [...]

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 [...]