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34 Awesome Things I've Done in Ecuador

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Language Learning, Living in Ecuador, Traveling Kids

Whenever you move somewhere new, you experience new things, good and bad. Here are my firsts from my move to Ecuador.

In Ecuador I have:

  1. seen cockroaches… lots of them (but they weren’t in my house 🙂 )
  2. seen a moth as big as a small bat… inside our apartment
  3. eaten a guinea pig (cuy)
  4. bought a watermelon bigger than my head for only $3.50
  5. picked up huge green bugs, as big as my hand, and not freaked out (I am a 13 year old girl remember!)
  6. seen a bunch of men walking around with machetes and with shirts tied over their faces (they had them over their faces for the dust)
  7. and not freaked out about number 6.
  8. seen my grandfather jump when a bag of chicken organs fell out of the chicken 🙂
  9. seen chicken organs in a little bag inside the chicken
  10. seen a goats head at the market
  11. been inside a house built entirely out of mud
  12. not flushed the toilet paper
  13. had to squat over a toilet because it was sooo dirty and didn’t have a seat
  14. seen men peeing on the street
  15. seen women nursing their babies… without being covered up
  16. seen a truck drive by with people stuffed (and I mean stuffed!!) in the back
  17. seen a little piglet all wrapped up in plastic for sale at the market for christmas (it was $99.99) 🙁

    chrismas pig for sale: $99.99

    christmas pig for sale: $99.99

  18. gone a whole year and not seen the seasons change
  19. seen a whole pig for sale on the side of the road on a spit
  20. ate chicken foot soup
  21. seen my father and mother eat cow stomach, and had it described to me as “tasting like a barn smells”
  22. speak Spanish
  23. taken a shower in a electric shower with only one tap
  24. seen geese being paraded down the center of the city
  25. washed dishes in cold water
  26. seen a little girl crouch down, open her mouth, and have goat milk squirted straight in 😀
  27. taken parasite medication
  28. started my own blog and made money
  29. had someone ask me to do a job for them because of my blog
  30. living above the clouds
  31. swimming with a sea lion
  32. learning to snorkel
  33. spend all day hiking a mountain
  34. hiked a volcano

Well, I think those are some pretty good firsts!!

What are some of your favorite firsts??? Please share them in the comments below! 🙂

Thats all for now! Until next time and Happy travels!!!

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Meet the Author

Drew Haines is an animal enthusiast, travel writer, and content marketer. She loves to share her passion through her writing. She is the founder and owner of EverywhereWild Media, EverywhereWild, and co-founder and owner of JustBirding. She also writes on GringosAbroad and Storyteller Travel. She lived in Ecuador for 6 years and explored the Galapagos Islands. Currently based in N.S., Canada.

9 comments… add one
  • Frances Zarnock Sep 19, 2015, 4:55 pm

    Does every toilet in every city in Ecuador require no paper be put in it? Even the high rise apartment houses?

  • Makayla Aug 7, 2014, 8:17 am

    Wow Drew, those are some pretty cool things you’ve done and seen! Hope we can do some together someday

  • Kim Matthews Mar 28, 2014, 4:35 pm

    I love your list. I envy you the swimming with Sea Lions!

  • Lou Lutz Dec 26, 2013, 11:25 am

    Hola Drew, 13 A..? Wow! growing into a young lady. Should see you soon. What are some of my first? One first thing is Drew, you have done some things that I haven’t done. I will list just a few of my first.These are some things I did until I reached 15.
    1.Had to share a bed with my sisters and brothers when I was little tike.
    2.Had to cut fire wood with an Axe and a pulp saw when I was 14.
    3.Would catch trout(fish) to pan fry for supper.
    4.Had to walk nearly a mile up hill to school in snow past our knees.
    5.Would ride my bicycle 18 miles to visit my cousin many times.
    6.Ate fried eel that I caught myself.
    7.Ate fried moose steak with gravy for supper.
    8.Had to hoe potatoes in my Dad’s garden after school.
    9.Worked in a lumber mill when I was 15 for .40 cents and hour for 10 hour days.
    10.Walked 10 miles return once get some baby rabbits for pets, carries them back home in a cardboard box.
    I will stop there Drew. I have been around the block more than once so I have a back load of experiences to tell. Some interesting some not so interesting. By for now Have a great day.

    • Drew Haines Mar 14, 2014, 2:24 pm

      Thats cool Erik, thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  • Ralph Sabean Dec 21, 2013, 1:40 pm

    I like your blog drew and I’m glad it is paying if only a little at a time. You have accomplished a lot. I have a couple firsts concerning Ecuador. First time on an airplane at 63 years young. First time go through even part of a winter in tropical weather. First time trying to sing in Spanish. I’m glad everyone couldn’t hear me. Since then I have taken a Spanish course so I can understand some words and write possibly a few more. First time to see a native Ecuadorian Bear, First time to climb a hill to visit a zoo. and many, many more. I really enjoyed it all and I am looking forward to another trip there next year. Ta, Ta for now Mi amiga and have a wonderful day.

  • Judy Passos Dec 4, 2013, 5:35 pm

    Drew, you are one very BRAVE girl!!

  • Nana Dec 4, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Life is full of a lot of firsts. You have had many wonderful ones, with lots more to come. Enjoy the experiences. 🙂

  • Becky Dec 4, 2013, 5:13 pm

    Hi Drew! Nice rounded out group of firsts! Glad you got that cockroach bit under your belt already… Oh, and I’m pretty sure we know who is responsible for the description you received for number 21. 🙂

    I think swimming with the sea lions sounds amazing. Sign me up. 🙂


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