Ama La Vida: Experiences in Baños, Ecuador

Reflections and fond memories from my travels to Baños, Ecuador. "Ama La Vida" is a very fitting slogan for Ecuador. It means "Love Life". This phrase is plastered in rainbow colors over every surface here, including buses, bridges, t-shirts, hats, street signs, bags, and building walls. But I've found that this slogan is more than …

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Mindo, Ecuador: My Volunteering Experience

My experience living and working in the Cloud Forest of Mindo, Ecuador. After two weeks of volunteering in and around Quito, two weeks in Mindo was exactly what I needed. I found this Mindo work exchange on Worldpackers, a website that allows you to find work exchanges around the world. I had messaged the host …

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Volunteering in Ecuador: My First Volunteer Experience!

Experiences during my first week of volunteering in Ecuador using Worldpackers. At Equator, "Mitad Del Mundo" outside Quito. After over two weeks in Ecuador, I feel like I've had a very authentic local experience. Getting to stay with local families has deepened my appreciation for the culture and improved my Spanish speaking skills.  Witnessing the …

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6 Reasons To Love New England, USA

Reasons to love New England, the charming northeast corner of the USA.  There's nothing quite as comforting as coming home. Whether it's coming home after a long day at work, or coming home after a year abroad; settling into a familiar place and letting your mind, body, and soul fall into a state of peace …

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A Colorful Week in Bermuda

Highlight from my travels in Bermuda. Bermuda is the land of parties and picturesque beaches, of bright colors and bold personalities, of flavorful reggae music and hidden treasures. I only stayed in Bermuda for five days, but I'm fortunate enough to have packed endless excitement into that short time frame. The most captivating part of …

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Losing My Road Race Virginity in Kittery, Maine

This past Sunday I ran my first road race and I FEEL SO ACCOMPLISHED. I've never been much of a runner so I never pictured myself signing up for any sort of event that centered around the agonizing act of running. Ok, I will admit running isn't always AGONIZING, otherwise I would never do it. …

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