If you have ever attended any culture shock/ live abroad orientation you’ve heard about the “3-month period” or "the U curve." This is the time when the honeymoon is over, and you become hostile to the new environment. What was fun before, is now painful, and it almost feels unbearable. That’s when people question their decision…Read more The 3-month period
Another culture shock in Ecuador: they are always late - they make fun of themselves for that - and they will ask personal questions (and don’t try to avoid them). It doesn’t matter if you are in the professional setting or personal, 15 minutes late is the bare minimum for everything. In meetings, you will…Read more Where did my personal space go?
When you live abroad on your own – without family or friends, you are completely on your own. If you get sick you will have to find your way to the hospital, if you are robbed you will have to find a way to solve it. That’s why we – foreigners - form communities with…Read more When finding a support system abroad is hard
Today it’s been two months since I moved to Ecuador and I have to say it’s been a pleasant surprise. The people are incredibly warm and nice, and everywhere there are beautiful things to be seen. So far I’ve been to the south, east and the center of Ecuador, and I am living in the…Read more Ecuador: beauties and cultural shock
After a long talk with a friend of mine, an American who is living in Ecuador, I realized I was not the only person struggling with some habits of the country... the culture of sí (yes) being one of them. I just arrived to Ecuador, and it is a very easy country to fall in…Read more Culture shock in Ecuador… the culture of yes
I have no idea how many times I’ve heard: “you are so brave to go to all these places alone.” It is not a matter of courage, it is a matter of doing what I love and not let anyone or anything stop me. It is about not letting fear stop me from doing what…Read more Go solo! And do it now… even if you are a woman!
I just spend the past two weeks on the Ecuadorian amazon organizing medical brigades. I have to say it’s been an incredible adventure. From staying in wood cabins in the jungle, to seeing monkey wandering around the city’s main square. In the city of Tena you are surrounded by mountains and a forest, which gives…Read more Working inside the Ecuadorian Amazon