Chao for Now

Danielle Twichel
December 15, 2017
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Less than a week left in Ecuador, and I keep getting the question "are you excited to go home?"

In all honesty, I can´t say that I am. In fact,  I will be boarding this plane kicking and screaming. Having experienced such a beautiful semester here, it is easy for me to feel devestated in anticipation of my return home. 

Still, just as I knew I could adapt to a foreign culture, I am confident that I will promply adjust to life as normal. Which has me thinking... What is my "normal" life? I am one semester away from graduating, one semester away from having to make a real choice about my future. 

I thought that maybe Ecuador would provide me with the answer. In the least, I thought that I would discover what I wanted for my future career. Truth is, though, I still have no clue. Does this mean that I failed?

No, not in the slightest. I did learn something even more important from my time here. I gained a specific confidence, one that tells me that I will never allow my life to become something boring. This time abroad has showed me to knock open doors to opportunities that I thought never existed, and I cannot wait to see what I am going to do with them.

As for now, una despedida agridulce (a bitterweet goodbye), and lots of love to this diverse country that has never failed to captivate me. 

Danielle Twichel

<p>I'm Dani - a leftie, a henna artist, and a wannabe world-traveler. My passion for exploring began when I was 10: taking inspiration from Indiana Jones, I fancied myself "Indiana Dani." Ecuador will be my second time studying abroad, as I spent a semester last year in Granada, Spain. I'm hooked, and hope to one day work in this industry!</p>

Home university:
Pacific Lutheran University
Hometown:
Tacoma, WA
Major:
Art
Hispanic Studies
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