One year ago I was celebrating my birthday with an extra deal of excitement: in a bar one-block-away from the White House, wearing a “Nasty Women” t-shirt, surrounded by friends anxiously and happily waiting for the first women to be elected President of the United States. Just like me, there were other foreigners who had…Read more A lot can change in one year, and still not change at all
Hello world! Sorry for my absence, things have been complicated around here. I have news: I quit my job- say hello to unemployment, I left Ecuador- where am I going to work next?, and recently, I lost an amazing person to suicide, which has been a real shock. First, I quit my job. Among many…Read more Let’s get personal: Adiós Ecuador, goodbye my friend
I don’t want to get into politics, but as a person who has lived in several countries, had to deal with immigration, and has a normal sense of what is right, I can’t afford to stay quiet. Throughout my journey in the developing world, I’ve met lots of self-called ‘expats’. Very good heartened people, mostly…Read more Privilege, the expat-syndrome and DACA
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