1. Learning a second language
Before I arrived in Ecuador, the only Spanish I’d learned was ‘uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, cinco seis’ from The Offspring song.
Upon arriving and realizing that the vast majority of the Ecuadorians do not speak much (if any) English, I decided to enroll in a Spanish course at the local University.
Now I speak Spanish well, a little Korean and am starting to learn Chinese! Living in Ecuador really gave me a new hobby: foreign languages
This is Ecuador’s national dish. It seems every culture has a ‘hangover cure’ and this is Ecuador’s. Encebollado is tuna soup served with onion, tomato and spices and with a side of banana chips or bread to soak up the flavor. The description of ‘fish stew’ mightn't make your mouth water, but you really have to try it. It’s only costs around $2.50 and it’s so good.
Arroz con menestra y carne
Montañita is the party capital of the country. Once every other month or so, I’d head there with a group of friends and have an amazing time. On the weekends the town is packed with many foreigners and young Ecuadorians from around the country who have come to let their hair down and have a good time.
Although it is getting more and more commercialized every year (the roads weren't even paved back when I started going there), it has still managed to retain most of it’s charm. If you want a wild night of fun, nothing beats Montañita.
4. Outdoor Activities
While many associate the Amazon with Brazil, a sizable portion of Ecuador is covered by the Amazon rainforest. For a very affordable price you can hire a tour guide and go through the jungle seeing different animals . You’ll also have the chance to be guided by a local shaman and experience a spiritual side to the trip.
Swing at the edge of the world
There are miniature soccer fields set up, seemingly in every neighborhood. You can also hire small miniature indoor pitches, with a group of friends, for a couple of dollars per person. I really miss these weekly soccer games I’d play with friends.
I don’t follow soccer too much these days, but I really loved being part of the culture there where it felt almost less like a sport and more like a religion.
8. Cost of Living
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