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South America » Ecuador » North » Otavalo August 6th 2006

So let's see. where did i leave off. can't make the question mark work on this keyboard, so you'll have to use your imagination. i made one final trip to Tena to get some clean clothes. feels like a miracle after having soggy wet clothes that never dry in the jungle. Said my goodbyes to my volunteer station and caught a bus to Baeza, to revisit my girl Mia and my favorite place in Ecuador, the Magic Roundabout hostal. Kendall, a fellow volunteer came with me for some R and R, and we caught the bus with 2 other volunteers who were going onward. so it was nice to leave with some company. Made it to the Magic Roundabout and welcomed the cooler air and the gorgeous view. had a great meal, took a great waterfall ... read more
Magic Roundabout-view from a hammock on the deck!

South America July 26th 2006

Hello all, here's another update from Amazonia. I did try the local hallucenagenic, hayawasca, but so afraid of barfing, i took it in small little doses, so i didn't throw up, but i also didn't have any efffects from it. oh well. Last sunday our volunteer coordinator arranged a local visit to a community living right across the river. We entertained the kids while the locals prepared lunch for us. The kids were so sweet. one little boy adopted me. he came and sat on my lap, holding my hand. he loved my bracelet that i'd been wearing, so i put it around his ankle. he was tickled. the kids all loved to see themselves on the digital camera. lunch was amazing, and all in all, it was a really fun day. We also went on ... read more
Don Gabriel
Lunch on Bosque
Rooms eats lemon ants

South America » Ecuador » East » Tena July 11th 2006

I made it to my volunteer station safely. No bus issues. Getting accustomed to life in Ecuador. It is so nice to be able to stay put for a while. My home base is an hour bus ride from Tena, where you can get an omlette for $.50!! (the bus has to cross a stream sans bridge on the way here). I live in a wood cabin with one other girl from the US. Most of the people here, not surpisingly, are in college. Yes, I am twice as old as some of them. (sigh). I feel it too, when we go hiking through the jungle, sinking into mud piles, crossing streams by delicately traversing fallen logs, (lost my balance and fell in once), ascending and descending earthen stairs formed by tree roots and ducking under ... read more
Laundry hanging outside the cabins
Lunch Room

South America » Ecuador July 8th 2006

Well since i´ve been here almost 3 weeks, i thought i´d share some of my reflections on South America, namely Ecuador. Quite a different world down here, so i thought i´d give everyone back home a little taste of it: -TP and hot showers are like gold here. They have one dispenser for toilet paper for all the stalls, or none at all. Showers are mostly electric with no controls for the water. Hot water is a luxury, not a usual occurance. -They have super cool keys on the computer keyboard like, ñ, ¿, Ç , and all the punctuation marks are in different places (took me a week to find the ?) To make the @, you have to type alt and 64 -No one has heard of wheat products or vegetables here. We tried ... read more
Street vendor at the bus stop
Kid selling candy on the bus
Bus operator hanging out the door

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito July 5th 2006

Now where did i leave off? It's been an adventurous week! I arrived in Quito on the 25th of June. landed at the Secret Garden hostal, more of a 4 floor concrete jungle, but cool vibe and GREAT food. spent more on the food than the accomodations. Quito is a city built into the side of a mountain. gorgeous setting, and perfect weather. But man, Quito sprawl gives Los Angeles a serious run for it's money!!! Except for a few plazas, not one tree or any grass in the entire city. And the many buses that traverse the city conk out a huge puff of black soot as they go by. I wouldn't be suprised to find it one of the most polluted cities in the world. After 2 days, I decided to get the heck ... read more
Me sitting on the Equator

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos June 26th 2006

Hey all, I made it to South America!!! (note-photos are very large and will load slowly-gotta work on that) I flew into Guayaquil, Ecuador on June 17th. Doing pretty well on my spanish pretty far and am adjusting to the backpacker lifestyle, altho i haven´t yet mastered the art of taking one thing out of my pak without exploding the entire contents onto my bed. Guayaquil was a bit scary i must admit, but the hostal was wonderful, except for the enourmous roach who greeted me in my room (see pic below). After freaking out in a decidedly girl way, i went to the receptionist.... "um...yeah... there´s a bug the size of texas in my room". she responds apathetically " yeah, there´s one in the pool too." "well, if this one wants to stay in my ... read more
Lake Hike-San Cristobal

North America » United States » Florida » Miami Beach June 16th 2006

Hi folks, Miami greeted me with 90 degree temps, and i feel like i am in HEAVEN. i've spent 2 nights, happily sitting by the ocean in shorts! Californians, eat your heart out. my shorts barely recognize me!!! yesterday i swam with 2 wonderful dolphins called Bella and Tracy on Key Largo... the stuff of dreams i say. did manage to make it down to key west for a brief stop. really cute little place that reminds me of province town, RI. my hostel in south beach is a dump, but otherwise, scored on an upgrade on my rental car- convertible, whoo hooo. and yesterday's hotel upgraded on marathon, keys too. sorry about the lack of pics. will upload them later. i'm off to Guayaquil Ecuador tomorrow for a week long Galapagos tour! thanks for all ... read more
Dolphins Plus, Key Largo
Trainer W Dolphin
Dolphin Shake

North America June 14th 2006

"I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still, or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at the start of a long journey who's conclusion is uncertain..." - Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption 12 hours and i'm off to Miami to start my whirlind adventure!!! A few days of very welcome sunny, warm beaches and then i'm off to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. it's finally here. A year and a half of scrimpin' and savin' and findin' creative ways to raise money. I got a very sweet send off from the Sierra Club at Saturday's beach party, complete with a 'bon voyage' cake! I'm soo gonna miss my baby (see pics!!!). See you on the flipside! ... read more
Sunset on the beach
Bon Voyage Cake

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles February 3rd 2006

A few months and counting until I leave. So much more to do. money to save, items to sell, shots to get, days of work to survive without killing my coworkers. I've been corresponding with an australian girl I met through this site. Following her South American adventures has been a great souce of inspiration and encouragement for me as a lone woman traveler. So my journey started off this week with a visit from her and her australian friend, who are now traveling through the US. I was fortunate enough to get a lesson on backpacking- what to pack, gear to buy, and picking out the right pack. and I also learned the aussie term for 'cheers', which is "up your bum!". great fun!!... read more
Backpacking 101

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