Highs, Lows, and the Ecuadorian Weight Loss Plan

Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
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Trip End Aug 15, 2013


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Flag of Ecuador  , Pastaza,
Thursday, January 17, 2013

I’m going to make this one short and sweet, just the point blank, quick and easy read.  Also, it’s
been a couple weeks since I’ve done my homework (I’m having too much fun) and I need to get caught up.

 

High Lights

     
The kids at the school.  25 ish of the happiest cutest kids ever.  They are an example of what every kid in North America should see.  Some of them have to walk 45 minutes to school everyday. Their school barely has electricity, no internet, old books, no flush toilets, and a dirt soccer pitch, yet, they love it.  On top of that they walk home after school to do chores. Not chores like our kids do (clean your room, load the dishwasher, take the dog for a walk) but real chores (feed the donkey, look after the chickens, work the fields, prepare meals, look after younger siblings, etc) Their life is tough, but they have the warmest smiles ever.

     
All the kids at the school meeting Caleb and Aiden on day two with big hugs.  This continued until we left on the last day when it was hard to get out of there.  The kids just kept on hugging the boys, wanting them to stay.

     
Playing soccer with the kids on their morning break on their dirt patch.  Little 11-year old buggers schooled me a little bit there.

     
Getting them back after giving them mini-hockey sticks and schooling them at the finer points of mini-sticks.

     
Riding in the back of trucks (Ecuadorian taxi cabs)

     
Taking a four-hour bus ride across half the country for only 3 dollars per person.

     
The volunteers. 
Great people from all over the world, even though I felt a wee bit old compared to them, it was great to get to know them.  And Robert the organizer of the school with his stories was a very entertaining man with an incredible amount of energy for an 80-year old guy.

Low Lights

     
The living conditions.  The volunteer house was not such a sanitary place.

     
My bed.  I doubled up two old mattresses (kind of dirty ones at that) to increase the amount of cushion, kind of like the princess and the pea, but my bed still sagged like a hammock in the middle.  Not the greatest sleeping conditions.

     
The Great Ecuadorian Weight Loss Program.  It was “shitty”!!!  Three days of being in bed, with a sweaty fever followed by chills and several (felt like hundreds) of trips to the toilet.  It was a good thing we bought our own toilet paper on our first trip to city center.

 

All-in-all, this was a very memorable experience.  It definitely was an experience I will never forget.  The big reason for our trip here was to provide the boys with an opportunity to see how some kids around this world live and give them an opportunity to volunteer.  They did an amazing job of this and were sad to leave.  Mission accomplished.
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