Tuesday, August 31, 2010
You know you have been in Ecuador for almost two weeks...
Lately I have been thinking about all the things that I have learned while in Ecuador these almost two weeks. Some of these things have even shaped my behavior! So here is my list...
You know that you have been in Ecuador for almost two weeks when...
1) You find yourself being very frugal. "No I don't want to pay a few centavos extra for food or for copies, or for anything... that 50 cent bus ride home is expensive! No way am I going to pay $3 for lunch... I can eat for $1.50."
2) You are becoming increasingly adept in your real life Frogger (car dodging) skills. In Ecuador, they just passed a law giving pedestrians the right of way... let's just say that many times it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
3) You are getting accustomed to having a stomach that is not fully able to take on any food.
4) You realize that you should never tell someone that you rode the most crowded Ecovia or Trole... inevitable your next ride will be even more crowded. The definition of full on an Ecovia or Trole is when faces are smashed up against the window and you can barely breathe. Think of it as a moving flesh pile or bearhug if you will.
5) You are learning a lot but "come se dice" are still your favorite words.
6) You are still doing the funny touristy things such as straddling the equator line at Mitad del Mundo and bragging that, at that moment, you are in two places at once. (do not take offense... these things must be done and pictures must be taken)
7) You are used to waking up and seeing the mountains of Quito all around you... for some, they never cease to take their breath away.
8) You are jingling because of all of the change that you now carry. (I am just thinking of all the pennies that I left in my car back home and all that I could buy with them)
9) You are still slightly miffed when people are late... but it is starting to faze you less and less. After all, you like the grace every once in a while when you are late.
10) You are used to the piropos (flirtacious comments, compliments, whistles,etc. ... in Latin America these are not offensive and are completely harmless) as you walk down the street. In fact, you are somewhat disappointed when you don't hear the whistles.
11) You are ready to settle in... ready to explore, see, experience... ready to do life here... be here...