I think we were near Calacalí??

On November 2nd, Ecuador celebrated Día de los Fieles Difuntos which roughly translates to the Day of the Dead. It is tradition for many indigenous people to visit the graves of family members who have passed and have a little visit. They usually bring food and eat with their dearly departed. They even leave a helping of food behind in case someone plans to come back from the grave and have a little nosh. Everyone else drinks colada morada and eats guagua de pan. My host mom, Marcia, is really proud of her recipe for colada morada and she should be. It took her about 5 hours to make the delicious drink made from Continue reading

It’s been a long time coming!

Today I realized that it’s been a looong time since I’ve updated my blog. My life has settled into a nice routine and Ecuador is becoming less of a strange vacation and more like my life.

About one month ago, I moved in with a different family – The Huaca’s. They are fabulous people and it’s an incredibly different experience than my last family. I love being here. Henry and Marcia are my host mom and dad. They are lovely and devout people who put Continue reading

Mi Familia Ecuatoriana

I have an adorable family. My host mom’s name is Yenny – that’s pronounced Jenny. She’s actually Colombian and she came to Ecuador about nine years ago. Guido is her husband but right now he is in the US working. He’s actually a US citizen since he was born in Chicago but was raised by his aunt in Ecuador. I don’t think I will get the chance to meet him but the kids and Jenny are always talking about him and to him. They Skype almost nightly.

The three boys are Nicolas (8 yrs), Martin (5 yrs), and Miguel (2 yrs) and they are NEVER Continue reading

Time is FLYING!

I can’t believe that I have been here for 6 days. It feels like I’ve been here forever! I am ridiculously busy. Each day from 9 until 6, I am attending WorldTeach seminars about everything from TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) to Culture Shock to Continue reading