I have a great love for Ecuador. I’m sure I will be posting more about this amazingly beautiful country since it has such a special place in my heart, even after all these years. I can attribute my wanderlust to the three exhausting, yet exhilarating months I lived in Quito in 2008. I spent most of my time volunteering in five different orphanages with an organization called OSSO, sometimes spending as many as 22 hours on shift and even sleeping in the upstairs of one of the orphanages. It was hard work, but I loved it. I have fond memories of the children with whom I worked, and the Ecuadorian people.
However, it wasn’t all work and no play. I was able to do some amazing things that I never in my wildest dreams thought I would do- things like swimming in the hot springs of Papallacta and visiting a medicine man in a small Amazonian village. But my favorite was the time I went zip lining in the Baños.
Confession time- I’m not a huge fan of heights. Let me rephrase that- I’m terrified of heights. Even looking down from a second floor balcony to the ground floor is enough to make my head spin. (I wish that was an exaggeration, but it’s not.) But flying through the air, the ground miles below me and the wind blowing in my face, was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had in my life. It was terrifying and exhilarating. This wasn’t just any old town close to home. I was in South America. A place I never imagined I would go. It was the perfect setting to conquer a fear. I know if I ever make it back to Ecuador (and you can bet I intend to!) this will be on my list of things to do again.
Have you ever conquered a fear?
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