Category: Ecuador

  • Final Blog Post: El Fin

    Almost two months back home and I’m already losing some of my Spanish! Yikes! However, I’ve created a list of realistic goals for the next few years, which I think Ecuador had a BIG impact on.   1. ACTUALLY practice Spanish more! You didn’t learn it just to lose it! 2. Visit Australia and Mexico. Projected date:…

  • Where am I, really?

    My transition back home was a LOT smoother than I thought it’d be. Especially because they kept telling us how strange it would feel. But for me, it was like I never left. Sure, getting off the plane and being in New York was surreal, I felt numb the first night and the first day I said…

  • Flashback Friday: Quito Edition

    Although the program in Ecuador takes place in Guayaquil, hey had us fly in to Quito for the first week of orientation and we travelled around from there. Looking back, I wish I had paid more attention to all of the names, dates and historical facts the many guides shared with us. At least I still have…

  • Was it all just a dream?

    My first day back home and it all just seems a far away dream. Coming off the plane the customs guy messed with me ’cause he saw how excited I was. I ran into my family’s arms and tears escaped from our eyes. Everyone stared. I was back with my family. Rewind to a week…

  • Sadness. Acceptance. Joy.

    WOW! Today was the biggest jumble of experiences and emotions! What a long day! I woke up productive this morning. I grabbed my laptop and began homework straight away. I have a lot to get done since next week is finals week and the week after I leave for home! It’s so cliche and I…

  • Adventures en la Sierra

    It started out ’cause I didn’t have plans for the weekend. I hit up my friend Jonny on Whatsapp to ask if he had anything in mind. I figured since he’s from Ecuador (and not from Guayaquil, the city I’m staying in), he would probably have a good idea of something cool to see. He…

  • Food, Food, Food!

    Alright, so if any of you know me at all, you know I LOVE food. ESPECIALLY sweets. So, this blog will be dedicated to food here in Ecuador. And best believe North American, Middle-Eastern and Asian food can be found all around Samborondón.  Here are tons of pictures of food I’ve eaten and food I’ve…

  • Flashback Friday: Orientation Edition

    Flashback Friday to Hacienda Ciénaga. Hacienda means plantation and Cienaga means swamp. But (if I understood correctly), we were told that the “cien” of Cienaga also means that there are at least 100 meters of land. Here we stopped to hear some live music, drink some hot chocolate, and see the beautiful church, garden, and…

  • Welcome to my blog!

    Wow! I’m so excited to begin blogging! First I want to tell you all thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! I hope you enjoy it and come back for more! First off, my name is Danielle Roberts, I’m a Junior, a Music major with a concentration in Vocal Jazz, and a Black Studies…

  • Arrived.

    June 12, 2013 The idea of arriving Ecuador seemed unexplainable, but once I saw the Andes Mountains out of the window of the airplane, it felt like I had already been to this country (due to my past experiences studying in Peru and Bolivia). I was happy that the surroundings were not so unfamiliar, I…