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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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No Seas Boludo

It’s November… Scroll back, what? I have hit three months in Argentina. I am nearing a hundred days. What? One of my classes finished this week, another finishes next week, and finally, by the 16th of November, all of my classes will be finished (besides the final I have on the 24th). I have eleven days until I start my summer vacation and three weeks until I begin my travels around Latin America. That’s insane. Time is a magnificent contradiction. Besides the fact that school is almost over, the last […]

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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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Half the World Away

Do you ever feel like time is just moving forward so quickly like a train that has lost control on its tracks? Well, that would be an accurate description of how my life has been proceeding. It is like I am living this weird paradigm of a tranqui Argentine life but also bustling forward at high speed. I am so busy; I am taking trips, meeting with friends, studying (not really, oops), essentially I am in constant motion. But on the other side of this, a lot of what I am busy […]

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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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Re Quemada

I have been a bad blogger… In my defense, I am doing homework instead of writing blogs. The last post that had content about my life was almost a month ago, oops. Anyways, here is an update about my Argentinean September. I finally have a schedule and have decided on classes! It is great to finally have this figured out. What isn’t great is that I wasn’t connected to the online modules for my classes for a while and I missed over three hundred pages of reading. Lets just say […]

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The God of Small Things

I have recently started reading The God of Small Things and was inspired by Roy’s style of writing (and my lack of crazy, wild stories for this week) to make a blogpost dedicated to the small things I have come to love in Mendoza. When the streetlights flicker on even though there is no use for them yet. Having to duck my head to avoid the branches of palm trees during my runs. The way the cool air clings to the back of your throat as dusk settles in. The wide […]

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What a Wonderful Weekend

Another week flew by right before my eyes! It doesn’t help that now I have schedule and things to do everyday, making time go faster. The weekdays this week were spent in class, eating ice cream, and running around town. I had a bit of an emotional tank this week but the highs of my weekend pulled me out of the funk. I decided that next time I find myself on one of these lows, I am going to write a list of all of the wonderful things I love […]

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Categories

Well, I am reaching a point in my year where I am feeling kind of settled and finding topics to blog about is getting harder and harder. I think I am just going to walk you through the random thoughts I have about a variety of things. Classes: They have started but not really; they were supposed to all start by this week but I have only had one actual class. The class, Portuguese, was a ton of fun and I walked out with a huge grin across my face. […]

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