For this adventure I will get to wear many hats (figuratively- and quite possibly literally). Among them the gringo-trying-not-to-look-like-too-much-of-a tourist hat and most importantly the exchange student hat. I will be spending a semester at La Universidad San Fransisco de Quito taking classes, exploring the city, and seeing as much of Ecuador as possible!
After I was FINALLY packed and ready to go, I spent one last day running around with my family before they gave me the send off of the century.
We all learned a bit from this experience. For example, always bring an extra duffle bag in case your luggage is overweight (also great for souvenirs!), coffee does not cure slap-happiness, and always double check when the check-in kiosks open at the airport.
After a layover, a delay, some technical difficulties, and an interesting conversation with Ecuadorian customs- I finally made it! My host family was waiting at the gates with embrazos (hugs) to take me to my home for the next four months.
It’s official: I have four months to study, speak better Spanish, meet people from around the world, and get a taste of the Ecuadorian life.
To say I am excited, is a definite understatement.