So, more than we even expected, we were VERY thankful to have safely arrived in Ecuador! It was 10:45, much later than our planned 10 p.m. arrival and we hadn't gotten our bags or gone through customs yet. We were slightly worried that our driver the hotel was sending for us at 10 would have given up - and we really didn't want to learn the ropes of navigating Ecuador's largest city late at night. Customs was uneventful, our favorite kind, and we walked out into the receiving hall and were met with hundreds of Ecuadorian family members anxiously awaiting their loved ones...not us...but they had beautiful smiles anyway. We scanned signs quickly looking desperately for one with our names and found a friendly man in slacks and a half tucked in button up smiling holding a sign for "Geoff Carroll." He motioned for us to follow, helped us load our bags in his car, and we headed for the hotel. Now, we had been warned by several about the driving in Ecuador, and having traveled in Bangkok I was pretty sure I'd seen the worst. Bangkok may keep the "worst" title, but any present moment when in which you find yourself accelerating toward pedestrians and stopped traffic, weaving through spaces you know for a fact the car won't fit through, and narrowly escaping others driving in the same fashion is always the most threatening experience you've ever had because you're still having it! On an up note, we made good time to the hotel! The owner was very kind in receiving us, we got a great room, old, but clean, with unique century old architecture. They even provided bottled water which was a relief since the tape water isn't suitable for drinking, brushing teeth, etc.
We are off to explore Guayaquil today! We have to hang out here till tomorrow to wait for the office to open that will validate our visas. Thank you for your continued prayers, love and support! The LORD has blessed our arrival and we can't wait to see where HE leads!