Fifth post on blogger when I studied abroad in Ecuador. I’m fairly certain I was joking when I claimed to have steadfast picture viewers…
Sorry to all of my steadfast picture viewers, this post will have no pictures. Don't fret, I'll get to it next week after I get back from Tiputini Research Center in the jungle. You read correctly, tomorrow at 5am I get up and go to the airport to take a plane, then a bus, then a boat, then a bus... and then a boat. And then walk to the beautiful (after those 8 hours of travel it better be) ecological research center.
However, that is not the real reason for this post. We were all told from the day we arrived to be careful of thieves, and you know what? They were right. I have a new experience to put down in the books - I was robbed at gunpoint! How crazy is that? Anyway, before any of you worry - 'cause for some reason the first thing everyone asks when I tell them is, 'are you OK?' and it gets a little annoying - everything is fine. I guess if you count my cell phone they got away with 40-50 dollars of my stuff, which for them will equal probably more like 20-30 because what would they ever gain from an Andean Anthropology book? Yes they also took my wallet, but I canceled my cards within 20 minutes (don't worry Sharon, yours is safe in the drawer next to my bed). The most inconvenient bit is that they stole my Censo - my Ecuadorian ID. So I went to the Office of Migration and asked how to get a new one, as mine was stolen. The woman at the desk slured something really quickly about the desk in the back where I got it the first time. So I asked a quick question to make sure I was right and she said, 'Si, pero ahora no hay sistema.'' So I asked, 'Cuando?' and she shrugged y me dijo, 'Mas tarde.' Gotta love Ecuadorian government.