You Know You’re in Ecuador When…

You Know You’re in Ecuador when…

  1. All your roommates have terrible flea bites (except for you) and there is nothing they can do about it
  2. You literally have rice and potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  3. As a special guest, you are generously given the head of a guinea pig for lunch which still had its eyes, ears, teeth, and some fur
  4. Your group plants on average 300 trees a day
  5. You make guacamole in your spare time and since there’s no tortilla chips you use Lays chips instead (It honestly tasted amazing!)
  6. You get a huge bowl of potato soup one night with a side of 15 potatoes (I could only eat 2)
  7. Your leaders get served a cup of warm, unconcealed jello each night
  8. Getting food that’s not rice and potatoes feels like an early birthday present!
  9. You watch Lord of the Rings after seminar and make a count for the amount of times Frodo falls down 
  10. You learn how to play guitar (sort of). Thanks Sophie and Becca!
  11. Getting drinkable water is a process and you realize how grateful you are to drink it straight from the tap at home
  12. Due to a knee injury, your roommate Becca and you no longer have to hike up a huge 15 minute hill each day to get home
  13. You now live 1 minute away from seminar space with 3 roommates and a warm shower
  14. For just .30c you can hop on a bus and go to the closest “city”
  15. You are 10 minutes away from the Ingapirca Ruins (The biggest Inca/Canari city built in Ecuador) 
  16. You know way less Spanish than you thought you did but it’s enough to get by
  17. The first thing your host-dad gives you is a spanish/english version of the New Testment (Dios es Amor)
  18. The altitude difference makes going up the stairs our daily workout
  19. You see a supermarket and buy 2 full bags of granola, granola bars, chia seeds, nuts, and fruit
  20. It’s surprisingly very cold here and instead of wearing a t-shirt and shorts like you thought, you’re wearing all the layers you own
  21. When the fog comes in at night and you feel like you’re walking in a horror movie
  22. When you can’t say the name of village correctly after 2 weeks (Caguanapamba)
  23. You realize how much you love avocados and take every opportunity to have more
  24. You buy animal crackers for the first time since you were 5
  25. You have the loudest/squeakiest door possible and you can’t go to bathroom at night without waking everybody up
  26. Walking past pigs and sheep on the road isn’t even a little strange anymore
  27. Your family takes you trout fishing the last day and you accidentally slap your friend with a fish while reeling it in
  28. You go to a club soccer game in Quito!!!
  29. You discover that alpaca sweaters are the warmest thing and buy a lot of them
  30. Going to the coast for independent student travel was one of the best decisions you’ve made (I missed the water)
  31. You visit La Isla del Plata (AKA Poor Mans Galapagos) and see enough Blue-Footed Boobies to last a lifetime
  32. You go surfing!!!

Ecuador has been an awesome last core country. It definitely had it’s struggles but overall I wouldn’t want it any other way. My knee injury caused me to spend most of my time in the host village laying in bed and sadly missing the work project. I’m happy to announce that I will still be able to hike Machu Picchu next week! 

Today, we leave for Cuzco and we begin the 4 day trail in just a few days. After that, we return to the USA! Crazy to think that in just one week I’ll be seeing my family! 

Sorry that my blog was so late, I hope everyone is doing well! 

Patty Dougherty

8 thoughts on “You Know You’re in Ecuador When…

  1. Sandy Peterson says:

    Patty–thank you so much for allowing the rest of us to enjoy your adventures! It sounds like you have had life-changing experiences and I’m sure you have made lasting friendships in every place you have lived and traveled. Godspeed you safely in the next weeks until you are back home again! You are in our prayers! And thanks again 🙋


  2. Mom says:

    Have an incredible experience hiking Machu Picchu. Count down has begun 7 days until we see you. I can’t wait to hear your voice and hug you! 💟


  3. Norma Speer says:

    Hi Patty, What a fabulous experience you have had this past year. You have shared so beautifully your experiences. I will miss your commentary. Welcome back to the U.S.


  4. Natalie says:

    Awwww Patty! Your entire trip sounds amazing!!! Can’t wait to hear more about all your adventures! Congrats on (almost) finishing such an amazing journey!! ❤❤❤


  5. Jo Ann Prange says:

    Patty, good to hear from you! Hope you are enjoying & stay well! You are in our prayers and enjoy your updates!
    You can always help plant trees at the Tree Farm in MN! Take care, love & hugs! Loren & Jo Ann


  6. Vicki Sutton-Beattie says:

    Thanks for sharing, Patty! Enjoy your Machu Picchu hike and travel home safely! I know your parents can’t wait to see you! ❤


  7. Raana Mohyee says:

    It has been so much fun reading about your adventures abroad. I look forward to hearing about your trip to Machu Picchu and your trip to La Isla del Plata, especially. I’m sorry to hear about your knee; I wish you a speedy recovery. I look forward to seeing you and listening to more stories from your travels upon your return!


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