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A Week of Birthday Celebrations!

I would like to start off by thanking everyone SO MUCH for all of the wonderful birthday wishes!! They made my day extra special and helped me to feel like I was still celebrating with everyone at home even though I’m a hemisphere away! I started my birthday celebrations a day early by going to […]


I spent last weekend in the coast at Montañita Beach which is one of the craziest places I have ever been! we left on Friday at noon and getting there was an adventure. we took a taxi service called a fuganeta from Las Pencas in Cuenca to Guayaquil which is 3 and a half hours […]

My Spirit Has Been Cleansed

Last week Wednesday after blogging, I had our second of two cooking classes. We made ceviche which is a typical Ecuadorian dish of shrimp marinated in orange and lime juice. It was delicious but had a very strong, slightly overpowering flavor to it. In our Indigenous Literature and Culture class lately we have been doing […]

I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This!

After blogging last Monday the rest of the day wasn’t very out of the ordinary. Although, my host mom presented her thesis that night, so there were some nerves and excitement in the family. Everything went really well, she was really excited afterwords, and she graduates the day after my birthday! So hopefully next week […]

Welcome to the Jungle!

On Wednesday morning I got up early to meet the group at school to go to the jungle!! As I was leaving, my host mom gave me the biggest hug goodbye! She filled the mom role perfectly by stressing multiple times to stay safe and have fun while being really, really safe. The bus rides […]

I Survived La Selva (The Jungle)!!

i survived 5 days in the ecuadorian jungle! it was seriously the most intense experience but also one of the most incredible and amazing experiences of my life! i hope you enjoy reading all about my crazy adventure! 🙂 WEDNESDAY July 7 Today we embarked on our journey to la selva! Forget about caring about […]

How Many Mountains Did You Climb This Weekend?

Hello! I hope everyone that’s following my blog is doing well and had a great Fourth of July!! I’m sitting here between my two midterms faced with two choices… study or blog. Well that’s an obvious decision! I need to update you all on my busy, busy life before I leave for the jungle tomorrow! […]

Toy Story 3, 50th Anniversary Parties, and Incan Ruins– Oh My!

Last week was a fairly subdued week with mostly routine activities and a little bit of unscheduled fun here and there. On Wednesday I finally called my parents. (Sorry that it only took me a month, guys!) It was so great to hear their voices and just chat about the little things that won’t fit […]


on sunday we went to Ingapirca which was really cool. we first went to this beautiful chapel and we got to climb up to the top of the outside of the chapel where there was a gorgeous view. this chapel has a legend that all the animals and crops in the area were dying so […]

Photo Blog!

I’ve had lots of requests for more pictures so I figured today I would post some of the highlights of the trip so far! I hope you enjoy! (You can click on each picture to scrutinize them more, if you’d like!)