9 hour training days, traveling, and Peace Corps volunteer visits have eaten up all my time. However, we were let out early today which means I am able to update you on a few things.
- A video is going to be coming out soon of our trip to Banos (outdoor adventure sport and gringo central).
- This weekend we are going on an Afro-Ecuadorian trip to an indigenous community for three days (look out for a video from that trip as well).
- We are going to know our sites next Thursday which is exciting but also equally nerve-wracking.
That is all in terms of the Peace Corps update though I do have a couple observations for those who are making plans to visit, (which by the way I am thrilled about).
- Ecuadorians eat everything with spoons so good luck for those who eat meat. All I can tell you is it takes a lot of practice (or so I have heard from my meat-lover friends).
- Guinea pig is a food not a pet and yes, we will be trying some whilst you are here.
- Outdoor adventure sports are cheap so be prepared to bungee jump for 10 dollars and go zip-lining for 5 dollars. Its a cheap to risk your life here.
- Beers are 1 dollar. Anything more than that and its considered expensive.
- Full meals are 1,50 (at most 2 dollars).
- Despite Ecuador being coffee bean central, most shops and restaurants sell instant. Please bring a french press and I will be eternally grateful.
- I will not have my own place until October which means if you stay with me you will be staying with an Ecuadorian family. How good is your English?
- The cheapest way to travel within the country is on a bus which means minimum 10 hours cramped with one bathroom (if any).
- People do not queue up for anything here and have no transportation etiquette. (Brits, do not be offended).
- Nearly no one speaks English. ¿Hablas español?
- Most places do not have toilet paper so, make sure you carry around a toilet roll with you.
- Despacito by Luis Fonsi is the national anthem here.
- Barter. Barter. Barter.
- American products cost 3 times more here.
- Rice. Potatoes. Yuca.
- A pound of sugar is added to everything you drink.
Just a few thoughts, now go home and pack mosquito repellent, a french press, and a camera. I have my calendar marked down with days for when all of you arrive!