The volume and variety of noise was astounding. We had spent an amazing night listening to the sounds of the forest and absorbing our first clear view of the Milky Way, and awoke the next morning before the sun rose in order to be out in our canoe as the Amazon Rainforest woke up. In [...]
This picture is of the Old Town district in Quito, Ecuador. In this area of Quito one can see clearly the remnants of Spanish colonial rule. One of the main lessons I took away with my from Ecuador is the fact that big cities are not as different around the world as I had [...]
Quilotoa, Ecuador: 13,000 feet above sea level. Apart from the bitter cold (who knew it could be cold on the equator?), the town consisted of 100 residents, a couple of hostels, and one of the most spectacular views on the planet. When I first climbed the crest and peered down into the crater, all I saw was a dense cover of clouds. Within minutes, the clouds evaporated to expose a 2-mile wide crater lake, as if it appeared out of the sky. I felt so isolated and at one with the world, in the Andes mountains 4,000 miles from home.
This is only one of the multitude of mental images from Ecuador that I will always keep with me. Everywhere I turned, from cloud forests to the Galapagos to the Amazon rainforest, I was surrounded by a natural beauty unsurpassed by anything I’ve ever seen. These experiences will always remind me of the diversity of beauty in this world, and will never allow me to settle and stop exploring this rich planet.
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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. [...]
One of my favorite parts about my semester in Ecuador was the bus rides.
Everyone there rode the bus: teenagers, old people, pregnant women,
business people, farmers, families, shoppers, schoolkids, everyone. The
buses were crowded and busy, and the
drivers weren’t afraid of anything. They played the radio loud on the
overhead speakers, and they sped around corners and swerved [...]