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I Was Pickpocketed… And Why That Shouldn’t Stop You From Traveling

It's taken quite some time for me to write this post.  Ten months ago, I was pickpocketed on a busy bus in Quito, Ecuador.  At first I refrained from writing about the situation because I was still processing what had happened.  In my experience, there was a certain amount of self-inflicted shame involved in being a victim of a theft. 

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How Hiking In The Andes Changed Me

The travellers were talking about their prior time in Quito and the adventures on which they embarked, such as hiking up Rucu Pichincha.  They recounted that they had hiked with a large international group, and the only person who hadn't made it to the top was an American.  Everyone looked pointedly at me, as I was the only one from the U.S. at the table.  Well, that's not going to be me, I thought to myself, I know how to hike.  Little did I know how wrong I was.

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Ecuador To Perú: Crossing South American Borders

Upon arriving in Cuenca I began talking to fellow travellers and my hostel owners in earnest about how to best cross into Perú.  I had already decided I wanted to cross at the Huaquillas crossing, as I had read some not-so-great things about border crossings in general, and this seemed to be the safest bet.  I would have loved to leisurely made my way through Riobamba, Vilcabamba, and Loja, but I after spending five nights in Cuenca I was already at my 86th day.  Time to ska-doodle out of the country!

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Galápagos Islands On A Budget: How I Spent Half The Money And Double The Time

The Galápagos Islands are known for being one of the more expensive places to visit, especially when compared to the price of traveling through mainland Ecuador.  I knew I couldn't pass up a trip to the islands made famous by Charles Darwin.  I visited the islands on a budget that ultimately equalled $79 a day.

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Free Lodging In the Galápagos: Volunteering on an Island Farm

So how was my first Workaway experience?  Well, it commenced with a somewhat rocky start.  After arriving at the entrance road to the farm I finally figured out that everyone on the farm was intently talking about something in Spanish.  It turned out one of the power lines was down, which meant no electricity at the farm.

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South America Prep: Cost Breakdown

In just a week I leave on a one-way ticket to Quito, Ecuador.  While this trip is one I have been planning for quite some time, I don't believe the magnitude has yet hit me.  Instead, I have busied myself with all of the preparation required for temporarily moving to another continent.