*people give me a kiss on the cheek when they greet me or say goodbye to me.
*when I am walking down the street, I often hear loud music coming from an assortment of stores.
*it is always an adventure when I go running. Sidewalks have obstacles such as:
metal posts, deep holes, rocks, mud, dog poop, and trash.
*Ecuadorians take such pride in their family relationships that they often live with their parents until they get married.
*I can eat foods like habas and choclo anytime I want.
*most days, I can see beautiful views of Chimborazo and other surrounding mountains.
*I teach English to students from 8 – 45 years old (in different classes, of course).
*I can wear a t-shirt and sandals in February.
*my students love to learn English – on most days.
*a taxi ride is still $1.00.
*sometimes people treat me like a celebrity because I look different (I have a love/hate relationship with this one).
*tea seems to solve all illnesses – or at least many people think so.
*my students have such pride in their country that when a student was taking her oral exam and said that there
were no disadvantages to living in Ecuador, the rest of the class applauded.
*there are parades about once a week and no one seems to clearly know the meaning behind any of them.
*I can walk everywhere.
*the trash truck plays the music we know as the ice cream truck music. This makes me laugh.
*it is not unusual for me to see horses, sheep, alpacas, pigs, dogs, and cows – in the same day.
*it is not uncommon to see people jump in church when they are singing.
*I can buy a bottle of Coke Zero for 64 cents.
*people strike up conversation with me often, just to be friendly.
*Ecuadorians love to eat ice cream – so it’s for sale everywhere.
*I can travel to the beach in about 4 hours.
*I have started to relax about being on time for things and am beginning to feel comfortable with
being 5 minutes late – even for class because my students aren’t there anyway!
*everyone comes home from work to eat lunch together – and then return to work in the afternoon.
So . . . what do you love about the city where you are living right now? 🙂
Post a comment and tell us two things you love about your city!