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Canyoning in Ecuador

After the descent of the 133 FOOT waterfall

Ok.  I thought I put a description in, so if this appears twice, I’m sorry.

This was probably the most terrifying thing I have ever done in my entire life.  I signed up for it almost on a whim, I had heard other people speaking positively about it, so I decided to give it a go.  When the time actually came, I was freaking out, practically in tears.  Why did I sign up for this?  Couldn’t I turn around?  Finally, I took a deep breath and leaned out, backwards, over the unknown abyss.  It was one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done.

This description could apply to my decision to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador, or my decision to go canyoning in Banos… only in one scenario the abyss was all too real, and in the other all too figurative!

This is a photo of me with my best friend from Ecuador, Raquel, after we conquered our 133 foot fears.

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