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 to stop me from doing…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
I’ve recently received a message asking if I have ever felt like a “foreigner in my own country.” Yes I do, often… Honestly, I don’t think I will ever lose my roots. That’s where I come from, my first language, where the holidays make more sense, the place I know how to behave in every…Read more When you become a foreigner in your own country
It is normal to experience a ‘reverse’ cultural shock, where you miss the old culture, the old habits, the old food... The sense of nostalgia of being in what became your comfort zone, where you have friends, a routine and a daily life. Some people will take a while to readjust even to their…Read more Don’t Compare! New place, new everything
This has been [very] hard for me. There is always a book you are attached to, a picture you bought in a village in Myanmar, the pretty dress you never wore… and you want to hang on to them-- after all they are part of your history. But, unfortunately, you will have to learn…Read more Disconnect from your things
First of all, there is a huge difference between moving to a country where the first language is also your first language. Or to a place where the culture is similar to yours. Or moving to a super developed country where you have an app for the bus schedule. You should always take this into…Read more Things you learn by moving to a country with a completely different culture