Quito here I come!

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!

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My sister came to drive me to the airport while patiently waiting for me to finish packing……

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Which was clearly quite the task

 

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Zazu was ready to come with! He would have been a pretty hard sell to customs and my host family

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.

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Sadly we are talking a.m. not p.m.

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.

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Almost there!

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Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. Not bad for a country slightly bigger than Wyoming state!

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First time I lost luggage- WOO!

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First steps in Ecuador

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.

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