The concept of home is like a relationship... The country you were born is your family. You love them, you want to spend time with them, but you didn’t really choose them. But you can choose someone to spend your life with, your husband/wife/partner, just like you can pick the country you want to spend…Read more Where is home?
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?
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