The group spent this past weekend– our second full weekend here– in Montañita, a small town on the coast of Ecuador. We left Thursday night around 8:30 pm, and after four bus rides, finally made it to the coast at 10:30 am on Friday! The streets are surrounded by food and souvenir vendors, hostels, clubs and small stores. After choosing a hostel which claimed to have wifi, private bathrooms with hot water, lock boxes and fans, we settled in and went straight to lunch. Our days Friday and Saturday were filled with exploring the town and relaxing on the beach. Nights were spent at local restaurants and clubs. Even though waking up for our 4:45 am bus on Sunday morning was tough for us, the streets looked exactly how they did at 11 pm the night before– still busy with people, food and music. Between all of the traveling and figuring out which buses to get on, practicing our Spanish and spending many meals together, it was a nice weekend of bonding for our group. And even though the hostel only had cold running water for about 40% of our stay…I would say it was a weekend in Montañita well spent!
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<div><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Alexandra Kohn and I am a junior at Bryn Mawr College. I am a psychology major with minors in child and family studies and Spanish. Outside of academics, I enjoy making art and spending time outside. I am particularly passionate about traveling and I am very excited to spend this semester in Ecuador!</span></div>