In Ecuador, the most eye-opening experience I had was when we stayed in a hostel on a beach in a place called Playa Ayampe. The wifi went out, and instead of wasting a night complaining, everyone staying there gathered on the front porch to share stories and a couple of beers–despite being from a plethora of different countries. We stood up to go to the little bar on the beach. I had on an OU t-shirt. We arrived at the bar, and sure enough, in the smallest corner of the country, I found an OU alum.
Something I completely did not expect was how masculine the society was. I was not accustomed to being cat-called in the streets, nor was I accustomed to needing to be on constant guard of my cell phone and personal items in the streets–especially from the kids.
The best meal I consumed was black marlin while I was on the coast with sticky rice and a fresh salad, followed by fresh squeezed juice.