Ecuador. Ecuador. Ecuador. Oh, how I love thee. After spending some time in Colombia and Nicaragua, I knew I had to make my way through this beautiful, earthy and mountainous country. I’ve been longing to travel here for a few years now, so it feels unbelievable to finally say ‘I DID EET!’ I didn’t do it alone, though – I traveled with my lovely boyfriend Andrew, who I am so thankful for. We travel to foreign countries very well together, so I feel pretty lucky.
Every few months, I experience strong symptoms of wonderlust. It’s an ongoing cycle where I start to get VERY antsy – antsy to travel, to explore, to just book a plane ticket and go SOMEWHERE. It has been seven months since I last left the country, and I made a promise to myself in November of 2014 that I would do everything in my power to travel outside of the country at least twice a year. So far, I’ve held up my end of the bargain. Next stop: Ecuador!
Wanderlust…….I have no words! I am filled with so much joy and gratitude for having spent 4 beautiful days in the breathtaking mountains of Vermont with 2 of my closest friends. There is so much I experienced in this short amount of time that I wish I could verbalize, but internally I know it has impacted me. I wish to share with you just a snippet of what I learned, and I encourage you all to attend Wanderlust if you ever have the chance. It is worth it, truly. The Wanderlust team encouraged us to carry around a journal in case inspiration hit, and I am SO glad I did. Here is a reflection I wrote just after the “Freedom Riders: Hips and Hearts” class taught by the inspiring Kerri Kelly and Suzanne Sterling: