Ecuador 2014: Part One

Hey everyone! You’re probably wondering why I’ve been absent for about a month now, and this is why. I just returned from a humanitarian project graduation trip to Ecuador with 29 of my classmates. It was honestly the trip of a lifetime! Gone for 18 days, we did so much, from seeing the equator, to snorkelling with sea turtles, and of course helping the less fortunate in a small village. We spent a few days in Quito throughout the trip, the capital of Ecuador, then spent six days in Playa de Oro, a small village where we helped restore the community, and stayed with families as well. We ended the trip in the Galapagos Islands for six more days, visiting two islands and taking on a beach clean-up project.

I wanted to share with you all some of my amazing experiences, but seeing as how there are so many, I’m splitting it into three parts.

Quito

I absolutely loved all the colours in Quito. The buildings were always a different colour, from pink to orange, to white and then red. It was such a change from North America, although the “big” city was somewhat touristy. We visited the Virgen de El Panecillo monument, which was accompanied by an amazing panoramic view of the city. We also went to the equator, and stood on in the middle of the world. Pretty cool, huh?

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The entire group, out in the historical part of Quito.

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The Virgen de El Panecillo Monument

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My two roommates for most of the trip. These girls were so much fun, and I’m never going to forget all the sweet and hilarious moments we shared.

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Two of my best friends, Vicky and Jake, and our visit to the equator.

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Standing on the equator!

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