I’m not going to lie, the idea of “EcuaTweets” monthly blog posts was not my own. Before coming to Ecuador, I did my research and read countless Peace Corps and WorldTeach blogs. One of my absolute favorites was a PCV blog by a Cal alum in Zambia (fishinginzambia.wordpress.com). I loved reading his insights and anecdotes about life as a Zambia volunteer and I highly recommend checking out his blog. Anyhow, I shamelessly lifted his idea of ZamTwitter and will be making monthly EcuaTweets posts with random happenings of my day-to-day life here in Ecuador. Here is my first entry of EcuaTweets: month one of service in 140 characters or less. Enjoy!
9/27: Played cuarenta with the host family and won; shortly after, I watched my first lunar eclipse on their roof.
9/29: Drank my first guanabana batido (smoothie). It was tepid. Why is it so hard to find cold beverages here?
9/30: Cracked and ate my first all-american meals: (crappy) pizza for lunch and burger and fries for dinner. A welcome break from pollo y arroz.
10/2: Partied and danced on my first Ecuadorian chiva and received my first Ecuadorian serenade.
10/4: Watched Hotel Transylvania 2 in Spanish with my host family. Understood basically everything. Felt like a boss.
10/5: Got locked INTO our room at CEC today for a solid hour or so. Fire hazards be damned!
10/9: Saw and petted my favorite animal, a tapir. Zoo regulations are a bit different here…
10/11: How many people can say they swam in a waterfall? As of today, I can.
10/14: Discovered upon bringing in my damaged laptop that it takes about 2 weeks to import the parts to fix it. We’re definitelty not in the States anymore.
10/15: Won a Romeo Santos concert shirt at a salsoteca last night for knowing he was born in the 80’s. Pretty sure that’s a sign I should buy tickets for his November concert.