There is a certain type of person who measures self-worth and life experience in the places they’ve been; the bumpy roads traveled, the greasy street food eaten, the smudged passport stamps. When labeling oneself in words, the self-defined traveler/adventurer/vagabond feels this title triumphs over any daytime professional one.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador, a country sandwiched between two more well-known Andean countries: Colombia and Peru. I happened to spend 3 months there doing an internship for my college degree. While here, I acquired a love-hate relationship with the place, and I still have some mixed emotions about it.
A city with the best of both worlds. Latin American vibrancy and chaos, mixed with European refinement and class. Argentina is an enchanting mixture of its own, and this characteristic is what made me fall in love with it.
It only took me 5 months, 15+ pages of applications, recommendation letters, essays, background checks, securing university documents, 2 trips to L.A., many trips to the San Diego County office, dealing with the FBI and the IRS, getting a visa, lots of stress and a lot of waiting….to finally get accepted to teach in a public […]