The Latest from Ecuador

Jun 2 5:59pm
Galápagos Islands

Proximity: A Poem

Post by Anna Sverclova

Between my friends and I, there is, at any given moment, a never-ending stream of diarrhea. Things I learned over study abroad: wear sunscreen, be wary of the water. In Spanish, I can recall the word for “kidneys” faster than “finches.” The hospital is the most reliable source of AC. I watch my girlfriend shit water. First kiss with a parasite. Chinchorros climb the line of the IV. They say the water at Puerta Ayora will give you a fever.

Jun 2 5:55pm
Galápagos Islands

On Island Time & Space

Post by Anna Sverclova

On the island, there are no directions. All the things which used to guide me: the river, the highway, are gone. The land here peaks up in one high point, surrounded by sea on all sides. Back home, the river pulls South. There is a movement to follow. Even if you are stuck there, the movement implies that there is somewhere beyond. Here, the ocean, like a river all around me, licks back at my feet instead.

May 1 11:05pm
Galápagos Islands

Letter to My Host Mother // Galápagos Islands

Post by Anna Sverclova

Dear Glenda,

For our last day together, I’ve been looking back on the last three months we’ve shared. In this letter, I want to tell you all the things I haven’t had the Spanish to say.

Mar 28 3:44pm
Galápagos Islands

Making Kin // Galápagos Islands

Post by Anna Sverclova

Being queer, the concept of “found family” is not new to me.

Mar 27 6:27pm
Galápagos Islands

The Legend of the Guava // Galápagos Islands

Post by Anna Sverclova

I first heard the legend of the guayaba (guava) recounted during a hike through the forest at Hacienda Guadalupe, a farm up in the Highlands of San Cristóbal island. Our tour guide began the legend in a hushed whisper, about a mile into our hike. It was the first we had ever heard of Manuel Julián Cobos, the infamous first settler and founder of the torturous Hacienda El Progresso.