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A day of living in Ecuador

By March 22, 2017 Living Abroad, Our Story

Living in Ecuador is an adventure every day. This is one of the days that we have recently had:

9:30 AM

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.

12 AM

We ate  “brunch”.

1 PM – 2:30 PM

I worked online.

2:45 PM

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.

4:05 PM

We finally made it home from the store only to discover that our house had no power and no water.

 5:00 PM

Our neighbor started fixing our water tank, and the power came back on.

5:01 PM

The power went off again.

 6:00 PM

We made dinner with no electricity and no water.

 6:20 PM

We discussed which movie to watch on the laptops with remaining battery power (thank goodness for DVD’s and the movies we have downloaded).

 6:30 PM

The power came back on again.

 6:31 PM

The power turned back off.

 6:50 PM

Our neighbor told us that we won’t have water for the night because they need a missing piece to fix the water tank.

 7:00 PM

The power turned back on, and we started watching a movie.

 9:00 PM

The movie ended, and so we started bringing in buckets of water.

 9:30 PM

We washed dishes with buckets of water.

 10:00 PM

I took a sponge bath.

 11:00 PM

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

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Woody’s trip to the mechanic (February 21)

By February 23, 2017 Car Diary

February 21, 2017

As of Monday, Dad had to return to the States for some work. So three girls are left to take care of the car, which we know is high maintenance.

Dad left some instructions: “Make sure to check to the fluids (oil, power steering fluid, etc)”, “Don’t forget to fill it with gas regularly since the gas gauge is broken”, “Be careful about driving it here”, “Check the tires air pressure”, “Keep the radiator filled with water”, etc.

As you can see, there is much to do to keep our car running in good shape. So, after 14 hours of dad being gone, we heard from the car an already existing noise worsen, and of course, ran it to our mechanic, Roberto, to be safe. The mechanic got to work on the drive-shaft and replaced the u-joint bearings.

After all this, we took a drive around the block, but the noise was still there. After telling him that we were very concerned about the noise, he continued to work on finding what it was. He had one of his workers get under the car while he got in the driver’s seat. The worker would yell out “adelante” and Roberto would drive forward as the worker scooted up the asphalt on his back under the car. Then he would yell “atras” and Roberto would drive backward and the worker would scoot on his back. What a way to fix a car! My mom stared at it, stunned, and so, she forgot that this would make a great video.

Now, a day later, the car is still at the mechanics being worked on. We hope we get it back soon!

Written by Ashley

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Hot and Wet “Winter”

By February 7, 2017 Our Story

As the cool evenings of winter (if you can call it winter when the coldest it gets is 68 degrees Fahrenheit) slip away you know you have entered into the hot season. This is the current season here, in Ecuador.
Since we are on the other side of the equator the seasons are a little confusing for me. Worse yet, the locals follow the rule of rainy season and dry season. Let me explain, rainy season here in Ecuador is during their summer season, and the summers are HOT here on the coast. The dry season is during our winter season, and it is the cooler time of the year. However, the locals associate rain with winter, dry with summer. This means it is summer when it is winter, winter when it is summer. Hot in the winter and cool in the summer. Are you as confused as I am? Read More

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Our 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser

By February 1, 2017 Car Diary, Our Story

They say Toyotas never die. And I believe it’s true. Our 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser hasn’t died on us yet.

Its name is Woody Land-crapper, and, although, it is so rusty that the water pours in when it rains, it has taken us on dirt roads, through rivers, through mud, to places far and to places near.

We bought our Land Cruiser in July of 2013 from friends living in Ecuador. Our friend gave us an excellent price because in his words he “couldn’t sell such a crappy car at a high price.” We decidedly agreed to buy it sight unseen as we were in desperate need of a car. Read More

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