It is 12am and I am sitting in Bogotá international airport. My flight for Ecuador, Quito leaves in five hours. A flight that normally would take an hour and half but will take me fifteen hours via Panama City. A flight that was booked exactly twenty four hours ago, after a decision made twenty five hours ago and after a conversation had twenty five hours and fifteen minutes ago. I have only just moved in to my apartment in Bogotá two days ago, my Spanish lessons start tomorrow, I was settling in nicely making many new friends getting to know my house mates and now I am gone for ten days. So what the hell am I doing? The truth, I have no freaking idea I guess I’ll have ten days to figure it out…
Ecuador was incredible, what a country! Beautiful mountains, rivers, forests, the Amazon basin and off course volcanos I went with no plans and came back with a list of things I need to do when I return. I started my journey in Baños with a reunion with the friends I had left in Medellín, the friends whose conversation, about the erupting volcano in Baños, just over a day ago had ended in me spontaneously going to Ecuador. Baños was great, we did everything from jump of a 100m bridge on a rope to hiking up to see an erupting volcano and swing at the end of the world.
After Baños it was time to return to the beach, to the Pacific, where I would finally be able to swim on the other side of the ocean I had crossed almost two months ago. We started in Canoa with plans of chilling out for a while and surfing but when we arrived we found that the waves were completely flat. Because I only had five days left and could not surf in Canoa we all made a spur-of-the-moment decision and jumped on the “two hour bus” (of which there were 4 separate buses for a total of 6 ½ hours) to Montañita where we were promised a beautiful beach, beautiful girls and a non-stop party.
Everything we were told about Montañita was correct the beach, the girls and definitely the party. The town is essentially one giant night club with a beach. Every hostel is simply a restaurant by day, bar by night with beds above it. When you do finally get to bed the party still echoes throughout the town until 6am in the morning. At first we loved it cheap beer and cocktails, Marijuana brownies, ceviche and that was just on the beach. In town there were extremely talented street performers juggling machetes and breathing fire, cool bars, live music everywhere and our favourite food Rastapan (essentially a pizza made into a boat type shape, created by dudes listening to Reggae).
So what was the problem? It was too crazy, do not get me wrong I still love Montañita but after four nights and three days of partying I was burnt out, my friends felt the same way. I was losing money (despite how cheap it was) and years of my life every second I was there I needed a break. So we headed to Quito where my friends and I would split up for the final time. Quito was lovely, a quiet town, for a capital city and good place to relax surrounded by mountains I spent my last day relaxing seeing the city and dreaming about the mountains I wanted to climb and the rainforests I wanted to visit when I returned. Ecuador was an incredible adventure.
I am back in Bogotá now. It is good to be back, it is starting to feel like a home (at least for now) and I think I finally have the answer to my question. There is never a good time to do anything. While I was waiting for the perfect time to visit Ecuador I was missing out on seeing my friends. On seeing exploding volcanos. On doing what I really wanted to do, I wanted to go to Ecuador from the beginning and I had spent so much time in Bogotá trying to figure out when would be the perfect time to go. Life does not stand still for you, you need to move with life and sometimes it might be scary to drop everything and do what you really want, well maybe. But what is even scarier is a life not lived. Of finding so many excuses to not do what you want that your goals and ambitions become unattainable. I had the time of my life over the last ten days and I did not have a clue what I was doing, or going to do next. Happiness is a choice; and if you just put a little bit of trust in life, then things have a way of working themselves out for the better.
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” – Hugh Laurie
p.s. sorry for the delay in the post (I’ve been busy living)
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2 thoughts on “Ecuador in a Heartbeat”
Montañita has made it on the to-do list. Please continue living so that I can live vicariously through you! Brisbane is same old and Molly got king hit on Straya day resulting in a fucked ankle and a dead season before it even began haha. Fuck yeah Shere Khans!
That quote is da best!!!!! Your trip sounds soo bloody amazing!