Relocating to a foreign country brings with it a long list of firsts. Here are a few of mine.
31 Firsts During Our First 1.5 Years in Ecuador
Since moving to Ecuador, we’ve experienced many exciting new things.
This has been the first time I have . . .
- Stepped on a tarantula
- Not been able to understand a single word being spoken to me
- Google translated out of necessity
- Run dry of known words half way through a sentence
- Been able to understand and communicate in a foreign language
- Marveled as I listened to my daughter speaking Spanish like a local
- Litter trained a puppy
- Seen parasites
- Hosted parasites
- Eaten Guinea Pig (Cuy)
- Hidden money in my socks, and my top
- Made income from freelance writing
- Been the minority
- Not owned a car
- Feared death by electric shock in the shower
- Overcome my fear of cooking with gas
- Almost overcome my irrational fear of crossing busy streets
- Fallen in love with the Andes
- Hand fed monkeys (!! :))
- Liked a City
- Washed dishes in cold water, with hard dish soap
- Been water bombed by strangers
- Found the head, feet, liver and heart of a chicken in a plastic bag, stuffed inside the chicken before roasting it
- Seen cockroaches
- Bought unrefrigerated eggs
- Frozen in the shower because the propane tank went empty
- Only spent $10 and could hardly carry home all my groceries because they were so heavy
- Not freaked over the absence of seat belts
- Had a sunburn on the top of my head, and feet
- Not flushed used toilet paper
- Felt closer than ever to my best friend in Canada
It’s been a very interesting year and a half for our family, and we look forward to many other firsts as we continue to explore this country and hopefully others.
What firsts have you experienced traveling or living abroad? I would love to hear about them if you want to share by commenting on this post.