It’s been a month since I’ve update my blog, but I promise I have been extremely busy. So much happens all the time it’s so hard to keep up. So where to start…
I was unfortunately able to experience the lovely Taxi Express while here in Guayaquil. But I knew the risk I was taking when I got in the car. I took the Taxi with a girl friend of mine and we were cautious about which one we got into, we were late for a birthday party so we decided to take a taxi from the street, and yep, we got in a yellow Taxi. Long story short, another taxi pulls up with a man yelling out the window with a gun telling our taxi to pull over. Two men got in our taxi with guns and robs us of everything we had, including my rings :(…then they left us with our sim card from our phones and 5 dollars and dropped us off in a dark road in the middle of nowhere. We got a ride to the bus terminal from some random people who were closing up there shop, and we took the city bus back home. Not the best experience, definitely don’t want to re live it… so lesson learnt, I call taxi’s all the time now, even when I’m late for birthdays.
About three days later after the taxi indecent I noticed my head was extremely itchy, I had to get my friend to look and yep, I had lice. I have never had lice in my life, and it’s safe to say I freaked out. Now I realized that lice isn’t the end of the world, but I have LONG hair. I went to the pharmacy and bought two different kinds of lice shampoo, I went a little over board…My friend stayed up until 4:30am picking out my hair.
Now that I was lice free, I had a week were things were alright. Then about a week later my stomach started to really hurt every time I ate something. I found out that it’s common here for everyone to take Parasite medication about every 6 months because they all get Parasites from poor water and such. So I went and bought Parasite medications and my stomach was feeling much better the next day :)
Yesterday was my last day of exams and papers. I’m officially finished my University Degree. Feels good! I am now on my way to work in a small beach town for a week. Then coming back to Guayaquil for a day, then going to the Galapagos for a week, after that I am starting my real travels all around the rest of South America.
Start in Colombia, I have lots of friends who are going to be there, so I don’t have to worry about traveling alone. Then I am going to fly to Peru, then Bolivia, then Chile, Argentina, and then Brazil :) I’ve been doing my research trying to find how I can get my Visa for Brazil since they really don’t make it very easy for Canadians, but I’ve found a loop hole I think ;) Guess we will find out if it works.
I don’t know how much access I will have to the internet on my trips, I know some places of course, but so far in Ecuador…It has not been that easy to find if I’m not at my own house.
Can’t wait for the Adventure I have ahead of me. :) I’ll try to write as much as I can while I’m traveling. As for now, I’m off to a going away party.