an Ecuadorian introduction.

I’m sitting on a rooftop in Quito wondering what the hell I want to do in this place.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been on what some call the gringo trail – hopping around somewhat touristy areas in Ecuador with other North Americans and Europeans and doing what one would do in South America.
Such as this:

Canyoning in Banos

But, now it’s time to wander off that trail and do my own thing for a little bit.

Tomorrow, I will start my work stay on an organic farm in the countryside. Here I will spend my time working (obviously), learning Spanish, and attempting to integrate myself into this culture.

And here’s what I have to say to everyone about this. It’s not going to be easy.

Before I left, most people made these statements:

  1. Don’t get raped, please.
  2. Ugh, I wish I could travel too. You’re so lucky.
  3. How do you have the money for that?

Those are the most common reactions I got, and let me tell you, it was a little disheartening. What very few realize that when you travel you are forcing yourself into a different culture, a different language, and a whole new world of surroundings. What people also don’t realize is I don’t have much money. At all. Traveling is about intense budgeting – more than I’ve ever had to do before. Just to get by day-to-day as well as continue to think about my bills from home (to hell with you, student loans).

And in the midst of all of this, I will be by myself. Sure, I will meet plenty of people, but those people will know nothing about my past or who I am as a person. Everything about my life is going to change entirely.

It’s not a vacation. It’s work, it’s school, it’s a learning environment in a whole new way. And yes, at points it will be really fucking fun too.

Why am I writing this? Because I want to be selfish this one time and let you all know what’s up. From here on out, I plan to challenge myself to do something new and out of my comfort zone each week in my travels. I also plan to create at least one photograph or work that I consider thoughtful/artful/kinda neat each week which I hope to share with you in this blog.

So there you have it folks. My introductory post for this new segway in my life – South America.

Secret Garden Cotopaxi


6 thoughts on “an Ecuadorian introduction.

  1. I am crying the happiest tears reading these words. I love you and your journey so much, sister.
    -peace, brandis


  2. Super excited to see your photographs and works. I hope you really enjoy the spanish.


  3. So Awesome! So Proud! So Cool!
    Love you!


  4. You are a smart and brave person! Be proud and have fun!


  5. Beautiful! Yes, be selfish and take in everything! And let others know what this experience really brings to you and your soul! I love your photos! Keep it up! I LOVED Cotopaxi Secret Garden as well Enjoy!


    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement. 🙂 can’t wait to see what the next few months has to offer for my mind, body and soul.


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