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. 

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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
Tacoma, WA
Hispanic Studies
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