Reverse Culture Shock

It is amazing how easily we, as human beings, adapt.  Most people, mental illnesses aside, can and do adjust to their surroundings very quickly.  After living in Ecuador for two years, I had all but forgotten about the conveniences in the United States that I missed when I first arrived.  Things like getting a hot cup of gourmet coffee just about anywhere, super stores that carry everything from artichokes to zinc, and fast food restaurants open until the wee hours of the morning were quickly forgotten as I adjusted to…

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In Ecuador, You Never Know When a Parade is Going to Break Out

It is Sunday and I am leaving Ecuador in six days.  I have been here for almost 2 ½ years with two trips back to the US for short periods of time.  I have not been back to the US since April of last year and part of me is not looking forward to going back.  Ecuador is a very special place, especially Cuenca, nestled in the Andes Mountains at about 8,500 ft.  It is difficult not to think of the people that lived here hundreds of years ago because…

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