We spent our first week in Quito staying in a hostel that overlooked the city.
We met and hung out with so many awesome people from all over the world who have crazy stories:
I must say, I learned stuff from all of these people, and they definatly all inspired me to want to travel a lot like this in my life!
We travelled around Quito and saw some cool stuff: mitad del mundo, gringolandia (as the natives call it: where all the foreigners hang out), volcan pichincha, la ronda street (where the natives hang out), besilica iglesia, and some more. It´s been fun. (see some of the pictures below) My dad would be proud of me: I haven´t been scared to speak Spanish, and have talked and understood it decently enough for now.! whoo.
The Ecuadorian government took our passports for like a week now, and we were supposed to get them back today, but they said our registration wasn´t ready…which is frustrating…so hopefully we can get them back next week, and then get our ¨Ecuadorian citizen¨ card so that we are able to leave the country…odale.
Next up to work on the farm at Hacienda Picalqui, and aprendo español buenisimo.
The view of Quito from the Terrance of the Hostel, that I am obsessed with.
But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” — Francis Chan —
I thought this quote was perfect to start of my GLT. Living my life in comfort - the comfort of the suburbs, the comfort of the known, the comfort of routine - is the very thing I don’t want to do with my life. I want to live life on the edge - in not knowing what the next step is going to be, and not being scared to do what He says, but trust God fully and completely that He will lead me, take care of all my needs, and will reveal His will for my life as the journey continues. Ultimatly, all I want to do - that I have found to be the only REAL meaningful thing in life - is work for God and glorify His name.
I anticipate my Global Term in Ecuador to really break me and mold me for His Glory. It won’t be comfortable, routine, planned, or known. But just the opposite.
And so it begins…PRAY for me!!