What We Already Miss The Most:
- The kids – This should be obvious. Our hearts physically ache.
- Our beach house - unexpected blessing and the perfect oasis for healing, rest, study and inspiration.
- Community - We cherished the opportunity to come together with so many different people; fellow expats, the orphanage, locals, travellers, etc.
- Beach – walks, treasure hunts, people watching, and just admiring the beauty from its sand.
- Ocean – swimming, kayaking in the surf, and feeling the power of the waves. Listening to its waves crash on the beach as we fell asleep...and any other time of day....wasn't bad either.
- Our Roof – We loved our roof. It hosted many ocean view meals, great conversation, and more than anything it was our top spot for worship and prayer both together and separately.
- Food – Jamie loved the ceviches on the coast; and though they were a rare treat, it was always nice to know it was an option. Geoff loved the bakery bread, and took full advantage of it's affordable goodness. Our general food was limited by availability and budget. Rice, Quinoa, eggs, beans, lentils, yogurt, granola, bakery bread (Geoff) and available fruits comprised our normal diet. Though our spoiled palates craved more, we were thankful for the simplicity these sustaining foods offered and for the reminder not to take food for granted.
- Public Transportation – this could go on both lists, but it's here because we loved the opportunity this allowed to engage the culture in a way that we would have completely missed.
- Pace – the pace is much slower in Ecuador that in the States. It’s been nice to catch our breath.
- Culture – Ecuador provides the best cultural experience with multiple indigenous groups, European descendants, and others all calling this tiny country home. Beautiful people. Everywhere.
- Landscape - Ecuador boasts of being one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. We observed that, and agree. We like it.
What We Aren't As Likely To Miss (but are thankful to have experienced):
- Cold showers - some things you just never get used to, but we are thankful for the opportunity to recognize hot water as a blessing instead of taking it for granted.
- Dirty Water - We can't wait to brush our teeth using water from a faucet instead of a bottle; to eat fresh vegetables without fear of needing to cook everything consumed; to take a shower and feel genuinely clean!
- Water Pressure - it's the little things, like flushing toilet paper instead of putting it in a bin.
- Food Poisoning – ‘nuf said.
- Violent Movies on Buses – part of the culture we do NOT like are the horrible movies (courtesy Hollywood) that play on almost every bus. Dislike.
- Public Transportation - the flip-side of community transport is the waiting...waiting...waiting. We are looking forward to getting in a car and being able to drive as soon as we want to go somewhere, without being at the mercy of when (or if) a bus will come.
We'll keep posting our adventures and reflections no matter where on earth we happen to land!