todo es posible en ecuador

We are back in Arutam (after a weekend spent in Banos) and it surprisingly gave me a sense of home when we stepped off the bus. Traveling is nice, but it's also such a great feeling to sleep in the same bed two nights in a row, to unpack your bags, and to not feel so displaced. So here we are, back in Arutam for the week. Lisa leaves on Friday, and it is at this point that I am on my own for 7 weeks...from then on, I'll be traveling alone, with no one to depend on but myself for getting around. I'm actually excited for the challenge, because my Spanish will vastly improve. I don't have any plans. Originally, I was going to stay in Arutam all summer, but I feel as if a couple weeks here is substantial. I also feel called towards a place that could use my help more than here. No tengo ningunos planes. Eso es lo mejor plan. Time will tell where  I end up and how I get there, but inevitably, with whatever I end up doing, I will be happy. Come Friday I will have a better idea of my plans.


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    Adrienne Hearne

    These are excerpts taken from my summer travel journal. While telling the story of my summer, they also express my different experiences of culture shock, being an individual  living in a collective culture.