I Regret this Already

Today I found out that there is a downside to living with your teacher. Apparently Hipatia took it to heart when I told her that I enjoyed challenging myself and taking the more difficult subjects in school. Instead of having to complete only one or two homework assignments tonight I somehow ended up obligated to work through six of them. …

Nails on a Chalkboard

Oh boy do I feel bad for Hipatia. Not only does she have to put up with me at home but I am also her student for 4-hour Spanish lessons 5 days a week. I’m kidding of course. Although at times (pretty often) my Spanish might sound like nails scraping against a chalkboard she responds well and does a good …

Mariachi for Mom

Yesterday was mother’s day in the U.S. and I was surprised to find out that the holiday was celebrated in Ecuador as well. The day began with a cold shower, which I will need to get used to, followed by a warm breakfast made by my host mom, Hipatia. Then I had the opportunity to meet the other Vida Verde student …

I’m Not Embarrassed

After landing, I met my chauffeur who drove me about 45 minutes from the Airport into Quito. Edward was an extremely friendly guy who told me with pride that the only words of English he knew were “Hi, my name is Edward.” I told him that it was OK because I did not come to Ecuador to speak English. This …

Into the Fire

My Chemistry Professor, a multilingual Dutchman, spent his childhood Summers abroad immersing himself in new countries and languages. On our first day of class he asked an auditorium of nearly 300 students to identify themselves as either polyglots or monoglots. I could count the number of polyglots on my hands. Too few, and I was in the majority knowing only …

E.T. Phone Home

My plane departs from Atlanta around 5:30pm tomorrow evening. It’s a relatively short flight (only four and a half hours) to Quito. I am excited to start my new adventure! I am packed and ready for the trip, all that’s left is to decide how I’m going to communicate with everyone back home once I leave. Thanks to AT&T, my …