The Latest from Ecuador

Apr 24 3:01pm
Galápagos Islands

Three Days of Chaos

As everyone is more than aware, the whole world is on lockdown right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants are closed, social gatherings canceled, and study abroad students sent home. One of my parents’ favorite new stories to tell to their friends and coworkers over zoom is how exactly that last part happened because getting home from studying abroad was anything but easy.

Apr 10 3:24pm
Galápagos Islands

How It All Went Wrong, Part 2

Post by Brendan Murtha

Note: This is a follow up to my last post, How It All Went Wrong, Part 1. For context, you should read it before you read this.

Apr 5 12:46pm
Galápagos Islands

What it's like being a woman studying abroad in Ecuador

March marks the halfway point of my time here in Ecuador, as well as the start of women’s history month back in the US. It’s hard to believe I’ve already been living in Ecuador for two months, and that I have that same amount of time left. It’s been 8 weeks of exploration, learning, and cultural immersion.

Mar 22 5:25pm

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.