My experience in the United States is divided in two periods of my life: the first one as a child; the second one as an adult. Spending two years of my life in a small town in Kentucky, learning English and learning to adapt to a whole different place was no easy task. I learned […]
By studying a year abroad, I did not imagine how much food would affect my homesickness. Just like Popeye´s song claims, in the film version with Robin Williams, “Everything is food”, food is an important factor that concerns our daily habits. What I miss the most about food at home is the role it plays […]
Giggling nervously over films where naked people are shown is common in high school classrooms in Ecuador, as well as in some college level classrooms. Ecuador is a Catholic country as a result of the Spanish tradition. From colonial times up until Ecuador became a republic, Catholic religion was imposed as the only and true […]
About twelve years ago, it was pretty common to hear that someone´s parents, siblings, cousins or children had moved to Spain. Yes, Ecuadorian families were moving like little ants to Europe-Italy and the United States. But Spain became the main target for Ecuadorian immigration, especially due to the fact that the official language is Spanish. […]
Usually when I tell people what I study, I get a similar reaction: wide eyes and inquisitive eyebrows. I study Art History. Art History? What´s that about? How does that work after you graduate? What types of jobs can you get with a degree on Art History? These are the types of questions I usually […]
Hello Willamette Community! My name is Emmanuela Ulchur-Rota and I am an exchange student from Quito, Ecuador, a tiny but beautiful country in South America! I study Art History and plan to do a Minor on Translation once I go back home. Ecuador, as its name suggests, sits on the equator, and therefore, right in […]
When it comes to movies, books and music, I think that there is a movie, that pictures Ecuador better than any other production before.
Although Ecuador is a really beautiful country and I am proud to be an Ecuadorian, Ecuador is very behind in Women’s Rights. Most of Ecuadorian women are housewives that dedicate their whole life to the wellness of their husbands and kids.
“When you are poor, environmental conservation is a luxury that you cannot afford,” David Woollcombe – Peace Child International
Since we are talking in this issue about the different ways that countries celebrate LOVE, I would like to talk about the unconditional and unconventional love that can exist between people of the same sex and the unfair acts that they are subject to. Genetic or Psychological? That really does not matter. The fact is […]
My first time in the U.S. was a long time ago. I was 5 years old and I honestly don’t remember a lot. I know that I went to Orlando, FL and my family and I went to Disney World, and other different theme parks in the Orlando area in Florida. It was a magic […]
With 90% of the population being Catholic, Christmas is one of the most important holidays for the country. Families get together, go to mass and pray “novenas” to celebrate “Jesus’ Birthday.” Even though this season has been changing with time, Ecuador still maintains its own traditions, especially if you go to small towns in the […]
Across Hispanic America, people are celebrating the election of Barack Obama. Even though this region will probably not be one of Obama’s top-tier priorities—given the U.S. economic crisis and the challenges he will face in the Middle East and Asia—there are different ways he could demonstrate his commitment to the region.
Ecuadorians did not used to celebrate Halloween, until a couple of years ago when consumerism brought this foreign holiday to our cities. Now it is common to see that young people go out to go to parties for Halloween, but this is really just another excuse to get together and drink. No trick or treat!
Ecuador, a small, oil-producing country in the Andean region of South America, has experienced ten years of political and economic instability. On January 15, 2007, Rafael Correa, a left-leaning, U.S.-trained economist, was inaugurated to a four-year presidential term, becoming the country’s eighth president in ten years.
Hi everybody! Mi name is Luis Mancheno, but you can just call me Luis. A lot of people probably have seen me already walking on campus because I am the mail man!!. I know.. it is not really cool.. but well… it pays the bills.
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In this edition I would like to talk about the latest events in Ecuador and a final note will be on its implications to personal security. These last couple of weeks have been pretty intense for Ecuador. On Saturday March 1rst, the Colombian air force dropped bombs on a “Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia” (FARC) […]
After weeks of rain President Rafael Correa has declared Ecuador in a state of emergency. A third of the population has been affected by the floods. According to the United Nations, 125.000 people need immediate help because 50% of the country is flooded.
Valentine’s Day is definitely one that has become more celebrated in Ecuador. I’ve celebrated it since childhood as a day dedicated to friendship and love. I remember things like women selling beautiful roses for$0.50 each during my elementary school years.
It is surprising for me to be so close to a Carnival and hardly hear anything about it. In Ecuador, we get ready for Carnival a month beforehand. We have a whole holiday specifically for Carnival; this year the carnival will be from the 1st to the 5th of February. We don’t celebrate our Carnival […]
These words mean: “I am freaking cold, I burned myself, and ouch” in Quechua, the Incas language that some people still speak in the Andean countries. My name is Lucia Norris and this is my introduction.
President Rafael Correa signed an executive decree in which he establishes that 99% of the excess profits from oil will remain with the State and only 1% will be for oil companies.
On September 30, 2007 Ecuador elected a Constituent Assembly to draft the new country’s Constitution. Movimiento Alianza Pais, Rafael Correas political movement, won more than 75 seats of the 130 seats in the Assembly. Is this the end of traditional political parties in Ecuador? Is the new Constitution going to establish a different framework for […]
I am Rafael Cocios from Ecuador. I am a lawyer and I recently arrived to Willamette University College of Law in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Transnational Law. In 2000, while I was attending eleventh grade at American School of Quito, I was chosen to represent my country, Ecuador, in the Global Young Leadership […]