1. Traveled solo
I’ve been to 32 countries. 31 were with my mom, dad and brother- most during our two year around the world trip and prior every summer.
The other one was to Nicaragua when I was 12 but I went with people from my church which practically felt like going with a huge family. So I don’t count that as solo.
Ecuador however was my first trip solo. And although I’m a veteran at going to airports, checking in, taking flights, I’d never actually done any of that by myself until Ecuador.
2. Became a farmer
Well sort of. All the times I went to visit a Bible school in the countryside of Cuenca, I became a sort of farmer. Being such a city person, I’d never actually seen carrots where they’re grown.
But for the first time, I picked a carrot out of the ground! And also brocolli, other vegetables and giant pumpkins!
I also fed chicken and brought some sheep out to graze.
It was a good experience but I think farming is not in my future…
3. Climbed a tree to pick avocados
On the same topic as farming and food, I also got to climb a tree to pick avocados. I really don’t think I’ve ever climbed a tree before either…
4. Rode a donkey
Back at the countryside, there are a bunch of animals including a pig (which they have scheduled to eat…), chicken, sheep, guinea pig and a donkey!
And I got to ride it. I also learned donkeys aren’t very smart.
5. Spoke only Spanish for 6 weeks
And of course this is most important. The reason for coming to Ecuador was to practice my Spanish. And I did speak Spanish for 6 weeks.
Though I will say I did speak English at times… because language learning is like that. Sometimes you have to speak your native language to stay sane.