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CARNAVAL!

I’m back on it again! 🙂

I’ve been planning on writing a blog post about cultural aspects in Ecuador like food, people, living e.t.c. But as soon as I have time to do it, I forget it. I’m really sorry about that. For today I will just write an update about what I’ve done in the past few weeks.

So, our 3 months holiday started at the end of january. YFU obligates us to do voluntary work for one month in our holidays. At first it was supposed to be in a hospital, but now we work in a crèche with kids from 1 to 4 years.

I work there 5 days a week from 8.30 – 12.30 AM. I like it a lot. I play with the kiddies, feed them when it’s food time and wash them when it’s necessairy. I’m in a group of 10 kids and help leading it with a woman that works there. She’s very nice too 🙂 .

It’s a good thing to spend my free time on. It’s in the centro, so Mia, Vincent and I often do something together after work. Usually we go eating.

I still do Crossfit in the evening. It has gotten a bit easier with time, but I’m still totally done after every workout.

The rest of the time I spend reading, watching TV or playing games with my host sisters.

My host brother (he’s 11) had his graduation from school. After the holidays he’s going to start college. So we went on a little graduation party from his class.

Of course we took selfies

Of course we took selfies

Paúl and me

Paúl and me

With all of my host siblings

With all of my host siblings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday to thursday (07. – 09-02.) it was Carnaval. In Ecuador this is celebrateda little differently than in Europe. People don’t put on costumes. But just like at home people drink, put on loud music, dance, sing and celebrate until late. The difference is that here they all go to the beach (Well the people living in the Andes don’t all go of course) and people have lots of fun throwing eggs, water, flour at each other and spraying around with a bottle filled with foam. They told me back in time it was crazier but now the government has forbidden some things.

I still found it a lot of fun even though it took me a while to get the eggs out of my hair 😉

We went to the beach 3 days in a row, because no one works at Carnaval.

On monday we went to Crucita (the beach belonging to Portoviejo). There were many people there and it was a lot of fun. We danced through the whole night. There were many drunk people though.

I sadly don’t have photos of Carnaval itself because I didn’t bring my phone (I didn’t want it to get wet or stolen).

But I have some photos from the beach days. We didn’t go swimming though. My host family isn’t very used to go swimming. Also they say it’s dangerous to swim in the sea because of the rain and the strong sea current.

enjoying the beach

enjoying the beach

Gema, Shirley and me

Gema, Shirley and me

With my host sister

With my host sister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll try to write a new post soon

Much love, Annette