The Latest from Ecuador

Mar 22 5:25pm
Quito

A Light in the Fog

Post by Madison Kelly

We were sitting on the bus when we got the news. I’m sure everyone is sick of this by now, sick of hearing only about one thing, and I know I’m tired of thinking about it. So this blog post won’t mention that-which-will-not-be-named. Let’s just say, for unspecified reasons, our program was canceled, Ecuador had declared a state of emergency, and we were given 24 hours to leave the country or risk being trapped for months. It was a dramatic bus ride.

Mar 21 10:42am
Galápagos Islands

How It All Went Wrong, Part 1

Post by Brendan Murtha

(Note** Due to the length of this story, this post will be divided into two parts. You probably gathered that from the title, but thought I’d reiterate.)

Gather around, children. I have a story for you.

Last we talked, if you recall, I told you of my idyllic everyday – the lullaby of tropical surf, a routine of birds, beach, and batidos. Life on the Galapagos was chugging along at a steady, comfortable pace, leaving deep footprints in dark sand.

Mar 11 11:22am
Quito

Getting Around in Quito: Some Tips for Public Transportation

Post by Madison Kelly

Recently, a group of professors and advisors in study abroad departments from various universities in the United States came to visit Quito. They were here to see what our program is really like, so they can advise students better in the future, and they were able to sit in on classes, take a tour, and eat dinner with some of us at our homes here.

Mar 3 8:07am
Galápagos Islands

24 Hours in the Galapagos (Hypothetical Monday)

Post by Brendan Murtha

We’ve been here in the Galapagos for over three weeks now, and some could say a routine has been established. Weekdays have a methodical rhythm, soothed by the omnipresent crashing of tropical surf, and so for this post, I thought I’d try and capture that rhythm through a series of everyday anecdotes. Enjoy.

Feb 27 1:39pm
Galápagos Islands

Short Stories from the Galápagos

It’s now been almost two weeks since I arrived in the Galápagos, and it really is paradise. I feel like I’ve been picked up and dropped into a BBC documentary, or between the pages of one of my biology textbooks.