I have to say that my time there wasn't just about me lecturing and teaching, but I also learned a lot from the people there. I obviously learned about the current state of mental health and counseling services, but I learned about relationships too. I think in many ways, Ecuadorians have a much better view of relationships then we do here. I think I learned a little more about pausing in my busy schedule to talk to those around me, and to really be in a community with them. I value this so much, and it definitely made me feel more appreciated there.
Ecuador was an absolutely wonderful experience, and I definitely want to go back as soon as I can to continue having conversations and sharing what I know about increasing wellness. I feel so blessed to get to see the things I saw, experience the food and the culture, and meet all the wonderful people I did over the course of the week.
As promised, here are some other pictures (a few are here in my first post about Ecuador):
Cajas National Park in the Andes Mountains
Outside the Trout Restaurant in the Andes Mountains
The New Cathedral in Cuenca. It's so beautiful!
This is the "school bus" that Ecuadorian children take to school.
At the open air market. I love all the bright colors!
Cute old Ecuadorian women walking in Cuenca.
Sunset above the clouds. It's hard to see in this small picture, but the black gaps are the tops of the Andes mountains.
Older woman in Turi
More Inca ruins in Cuenca with the Andes Mountains in the background