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Alternative Spring Break in Ecuador Travel Journals And Articles

  • Chordeleg - Isolation

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    During our descent down the Andes Mountains, we stopped in a quaint town called Chordeleg. The people seemed isolated and had a very different dialect. I had a hard time comprehending the people in the shops, and frequently asked “como?” I really enjoyed one of the shop vendors playing Pink Floyd. John asked if it was the Spanish version of the wall. I suppose when …

  • Cuenca - Higher than thou

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    We drove to Cuenca today. The ride is best described as total providence. The Andes are absolutely incredible and beautiful. Although there was a little fear amongst a few of us about the potholes and mudslides, we generally stared in awe at the mountains. Along the road, animals such as chickens, pigs, goats, horses, and cows were scattered across the landscape. The mountains seemed to …

  • Ines Chambers - Soccer, Dancing, and God

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    I learned the three most important things in Ecuadorian culture this day. Those are soccer, dancing, and Catholicism. At Ines Chambers, we got to play soccer, paint, and watch a little bit of dancing. From the time I arrived, Carlos and Richard gave me thumbs up since I wore my soccer jersey to work. They called me Kaka since I share the same number as this …

  • Padre Pio and Poverty

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    By far the hardest and hottest day of the trip, my group bussed to Padre Pio. The paint and close quarters made people have a headache accompanied by a light headed sensation that was not pleasant. If the group is an entity or a single body, then we were certainly bipolar. Downstairs, Ray and Amanda sang children songs, and upstairs we cursed the smell and headache experienced. …

  • Es Justo y Necesario -- To relate and respect

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    We worked at Es Justo y Necesario today, and the men did masonry work for an AIDs clinic. The lady giving the presentation spoke English very well, and she gave a touching presentation about the foundation. With my Catholic background, I understood the foundations perspective on men and women, sexuality, and service. Again, I did not know what to expect, but I was graced with a ton …

  • Dominga Bocca

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    Today, I traveled to Dominga Boca. At first, our group was somewhat estranged and awkward, since we did not have any idea what to expect and we did not know what to do. The girls had to leave about 30 minutes after we arrived. With our group in one room and the girls in the other, a girl named Rita came up to me, grabbed my wrist, …

  • First Impression

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    I woke up this morning amazed by the Ecuadorian landscape. Buildings sprawled across rolling hills, and in the distance lay towering mountains and a few isolated cliffs. I considered what a unique place Ecuador is, realizing that there are various areas such as the Galapagos Islands, the coastal region, the Andes, and the Amazon. For one country, Ecuador has a diverse land mass, and I expected that …

  • Traveling to Guayaquil

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    As I walked off the departure ramp into the passport check, I noticed that Guayaquil’s airport seemed like a poor place with Latin, European, and American influences. Although there are no direct comparisons with other airports I’ve observed, Guayaquil’s airport resembled a rundown airport built in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. The only thing new about it was the multi-lingual welcome sign that featured semented pictures of …

  • Richard and Ines

    Caveman

    by: Caveman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    This morning the eggs were hot. I wandered downstairs early and had a Fiora Vanti at the corner Bodega. The guys down there like to say Fuego really loud when they see me after I told them that Fiora Vanti was the fire. The bus arrived slightly late as they often do in Latin American countries. Our concepts of time are extremely different. For instance there aren't too many people …

  • Friday March 21, 2008

    hnyman

    by: hnyman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Cuenca, Ecuador

    Woke up early this morning to try and get out to the city one last time and get last minute pictures in. The city was so quiet and everything was closed due to Good Friday but it was nice in a way to just be able to travel without having all the noise of traffic and scurrying of people. I bought some cookies for 50 cents and headed back to …