Ama la Vida: Loving life in Ecuador

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Walking around the tourist areas of Ecuador, it’s not hard to find bracelets, keychains and other merchandise adorned with the phrase “Ecuador: Ama La Vida”, next to a spiral prism of colors that has become their logo. Ama La Vida means Love Life, and traveling around Ecuador, it’s hard not to. From the busy sloping hills of Quito to the still-indigineous corners of the rainforest, Ecuadorian life provides as many unique atmospheres and experiences as are represented in it’s trademark prism. This past weekend, Anna and I checked a couple tourist attractions off our last-minute Quito to-do list, and now…

Message from the Hart – Emily’s Leap

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Our lovely Leaper, Emily, has managed to find some spare time between galavanting with all the wildlife in the Galapagos to send us an email on how she has found being part of the the Ecuador Summer Team. I think it’ fair to say she has been enjoying herself: “So far I’ve been having a fantastic time and one of the biggest surprises has been how good the accommodation is. I loved the hostel in Quito so much! The couple who ran it were so friendly, the woman didn´t stop smiling! And their little dog was the best part of…

Ecuador 2009: Alan’s Blog (The Final Countdown)

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(To the tune of “The Final Countdown” by Europe) Ba ba ba baaa, ba ba bup ba baaaa. I guess that it´s just about time that this blog starts to wind itself down. I don´t think that this will be the last post, but we´re getting close. Unfortunatly, I will be home on Tuesday night (well, not 100% unfortunatly). I am excited to see my family and my friends, but it will be a bummer leaving Ecuador. I feel significantly different now than I did when I wrote my first blog post. I feel more cultured, stronger, and slightly more…