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Week 2 — Rishikesh

Namaste my wonderful people! This week has been another whirlwind adventure for this gal! On Monday morning I woke up, ate breakfast, said goodbye to the sweetest host family a girl could ask for, and headed off to a Rishikesh! Rishikesh is about an hour and a half away from Dehradun, the city in which I spent week 1 for those of you just joining us. My coordinator, Mayank, and I chatted the whole way. We enjoyed some oranges from a fruit vendor and some really great conversation. Rishikesh is […]

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Week 1 — Dehradun

This week in India has been nothing short of AMAZING! Once the jet-lag cleared, the homesickness faded (slightly), and the food finally settled, I realized India is exactly where I am supposed to be right now. One thing I am already appreciating about India is that everything seems to get going a little slower. Not that people wake up any later, but they enjoy their mornings. They take their time and enjoy each other’s company. I just really love everything about it. I didn’t have to be at clinic in […]

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A small update on my Indian adventures!

Now that I have more than one day under my India belt, I just wanted to check in with you all and update you on this crazy life! **DISCLAIMER: I don’t know why, but my medium account has been seriously malfunctioning when I have tried to add pictures to my blogs. For now, I am choosing to leave them off to avoid losing progress and what not. If you want to look at my photos, please go to Facebook :)** I am still very homesick. This experience of traveling has been […]

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Off on the next adventure!

This is a long one people… two days of travel so bear with me! As we drove to the airport on 11/3, I said goodbye to one last Minnesota sunset for another month. I said goodbye to the colorful, autumn leaves that will be long gone when I return, and probably replaced by snow. I said goodbye to my family and friends once again and hopped on a plane praying for the best. They handed me some weird, warm moist towelette that smelled good on the plane. I thought it […]

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The final countdown…

I’ve always liked countdowns. Counting down till my birthday, Halloween, Christmas, the end of finals, things like that. I’ve never liked counting down my days here. Ecuador is home just like Minnesota and Nicaragua are home to me. I feel like a small part of me is missing and I’ll only find it when I return to this wonderful country. Our final clinical placement was in a private dermatology clinic named Centro de la Piel or CEPI for short. It was a very beautiful clinic, the most like the US […]

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El fin de los fin de semanas…

This last full weekend in Ecuador was definitely one to remember. As I mentioned in my precious blog, we spent the weekend in Baños. Our sweet, sweet hostel was called La Casa del Molino Blanco and it was magnificent! When we arrived on Thursday night, we spent some time relaxing on the hammocks outside and taking a HOT (praise Jesus) shower. Friday, Madeline and I spent the day doing something we haven’t really done since we’ve been here — relaxing. We ate our delicious complimentary breakfast and headed out to the terrace […]

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The end of week 3… Time, please slow down.

You know when you start to get to the end of something, like a semester, sports season, vacation, etc., and you start realizing when you start doing “last’s?” Like the last team dinner, the last sunset on the beach, the last term paper (okay that’s not a bad one). Yeah, that’s where I am right now and I’m not liking it. This week we were in a small, government run clinic in the Northern region of Quito called Carcelen Bajo. This clinic offers basic and family oriented care to its […]

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¡Bienvenidos a Mindo! — Weekend 2

This weekend Madeline and I decided to venture north of Quito to the beautiful city of Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo is kind of like the jungle without actually being the jungle (is what we have been told). The bus ride here was impeccably green. All of the mountains were covered with dense forests and it was hard to see through the brush on the side of the road. Truly unlike anything I’ve seen so far in Ecuador and absolutely beautiful! The bus ride from Quito to Mindo was supposed to take […]

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Week two down — two to go!

  Can I stop the time from going so fast please? No? Okay fine. I am having the best time here in Ecuador. I can’t believe I’ve already stumbled upon the end of my second week of clinic. It’s been a whirlwind but I have had so much fun and I have learned more than I ever thought possible. This week, Madeline and I were again in the Hospital Eugenio Espejo with Dr. Patricio Hidalgo. I got to see some amazing things while in this hospital. I met a lot […]

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Weekend 1 — Otavalo

On Friday, Madeline and I had the AMAZING opportunity to travel to Otavalo and shadow in an indigenous medical clinic called, Jambi Huasi. We woke up early and took a 2 hour bus ride to Otavalo to be at the clinic by 9:30. Otavalo is known for its indigenous people and also its Saturday market — the biggest in South America! When we arrived at the clinic we met our Yatcha, Maria. Yatcha is the name given to those who practice the indigenous medicine. We got to see quite a few espantas, […]

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Week one in the books!

I have officially survived my first week here in Ecuador. Thank you to all at home who have been thinking of and praying for me! This week feels like a whirlwind. Monday and Tuesday I had a combined 13 hours of Spanish class. Yes, feel free to gasp. It was long but wonderful! Our teacher’s name is Daniel and he is from Ecuador. He is young and relatable and speaks French and English, too! We spend a lot of time just talking to each other which has helped my speaking […]

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Hola A Ecuador!

**Disclaimer — I wrote this blog post on Sunday morning. Since then, I have met my new host family and roomie and they ROCK! I will post more about that later. In the meantime, I have been trying to figure out wifi and blogging and all that fun jazz. Thanks for being patient!** I arrived safely in Quito late Saturday night. After a very long day of traveling, I was happy to be “home.” My flight from Dallas to Quito was the longest I have ever been on. I got dinner and […]

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