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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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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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Favorite Memories

I don’t really know ho two start this post, because I can’t believe I’m actually at the end of my four months in Ecuador. It is completely bittersweet and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. I leave Saturday night close to midnight. Then, I get into Minneapolis around 10:30 a.m. and will be on a flight at 3:30pm to go to Europe! The amount of “oh my god you’re insane” comments I have gotten when people hear about my quick turnaround doesn’t even phase me. I […]

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Last Week in San Pablo

Because I really don’t want to transfer my field journal from this week to my computer, I’m attempting to make it a fun activity and turn it into a blog post. Luckily, this past week was actually super interesting, so sharing it with the world makes sense! Monday, May 5- Today, the Técnicos de Atención Primaria de Salud (TAPS- I’m doing my monografía on their community health worker program) had a quiz, so none of the doctors or nurses wanted to go to the community. Home visits only happen with […]

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Riding in the Car with Strangers

On January 6th of this year, I made a list of fourteen potential goals for Ecuador. “Learn to trust others/ believe people are good.” — That was number three. I came to the right place. Ecuador is one big trust exercise, and it is no place for old anxieties. Living in a country where you know no one and cannot drive pretty much guarantees riding in the car with strangers, for example, and that involves a lot of trust. That they are safe drivers and that they are not going […]

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A Mini Update

This isn’t the blog post I would like it to be, but it is all I have the energy for. Every morning I wake up at 6:30 and get to the subcentro by 8. From about 9 to 12 or 1 every day, we do rural community visits- this could be anything from visiting people with disabilities to vaccinating dogs against rabies. It usually involves a lot of walking, sometimes on steep dirt paths. I really like it, especially going way out to the communities that are further away from […]

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Just My Luck

Today, after our guides decided weather conditions were too bad for the planned parasailing adventure of the morning, I thought to myself, “I guess it is just not in the cards for me this weekend…” And then I promptly mentally slapped myself back to reality. It seems in this country you have developed an overly high standard for an excellent weekend. Dude, you had ice cream yesterday. Twice. In the United States would be like the best weekend of the month! You are in a truck, on a mountain, with […]

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Un Día en San Pablo

Sooo maybe some of you, like my mother, are wondering what I’m actually doing all day at this mysterious internship of mine. So in order to show you, and to not have to complete a different field journal tonight, I am going to take you through today (not a typical day, just today) living in Otavalo and working in San Pablo. 6:00am- Some mysterious neighbor’s roosters start crowing. I haven’t enough sleep, or maybe I’m used to them, so I don’t hear them. 6:15am- My alarm goes off-I hit snooze, […]

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