Living in Ecuador is an adventure every day. This is one of the days that we have recently had:
I woke up on my day off with a swollen eye. The day before, the landlady had told us that our water tank is broken, so we had to turn the pump on when we needed water and turn it off when we were done.
We ate “brunch”.
1 PM – 2:30 PM
I worked online.
Mom and I went to the grocery store. A lot of the people we know were shopping at the same time. One friend wasn’t given the correct change at the register. To ensure that she was telling the truth, the manager reviewed both the register and camera footage before they gave her the change they owed, one whole dollar.
We finally made it home from the store only to discover that our house had no power and no water.
Our neighbor started fixing our water tank, and the power came back on.
The power went off again.
We made dinner with no electricity and no water.
We discussed which movie to watch on the laptops with remaining battery power (thank goodness for DVD’s and the movies we have downloaded).
The power came back on again.
The power turned back off.
Our neighbor told us that we won’t have water for the night because they need a missing piece to fix the water tank.
The power turned back on, and we started watching a movie.
The movie ended, and so we started bringing in buckets of water.
We washed dishes with buckets of water.
I took a sponge bath.
And finally, I went to bed.
As you can see you need to be prepared for anything and learn to laugh instead of cry. This is just part of the adventure of living in a developing country. You might even find that moving back to your home country is boring after living abroad.
Written by Ashley