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Steamboat Mountain School Ecuador 2017

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 24, 2017 8:02:06 PM
Ashley Simon '19
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Steamboat Mountain School Ecuador 2017

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 21, 2017 1:42:04 PM
Hello people of the world! It is me, Maya.  Anyways, about today . . .  I learned a lot about how to go with the flow and see where that takes you. 

They have a saying here in Ecuador: "Ya mismo." This is what they say when you ask what time to expect someone or something similar. This means they could be here  in 5 minutes or maybe 5 hours. I hate this! I like my schedule, my plans, my timelines. Yet, I don't know how, but I ended up in Ecuador. 
 
Today, we woke up thinking that we would leave the hotel in Quito at  8:30, drive to a laguna, hike around the laguna, go to a market, and drive to the next hotel. Things change. Estelle's feet were really hurting so we took necessary precautions, and we changed our plans. When I asked the leaders what the plan was, they would just shrug and say something like, "to be determined." What the heck? Not to mention, I'm leader of the day, but how am I supposed to lead with no plan?  Today we woke up thinking that we would leave the hotel in Quito at  8:30, drive to a Laguna, hike around the Laguna, go to a market, and drive to the next hotel. Things change. " Ya mismo." Go with the flow. Rather than the laguna, we decided we'd explore Quito, and it worked out perfectly. 
 
Time is something I never realized I was so dependent on. My whole life is a schedule of places I'm supposed to be. Being the American that I am, I'm not used to not having a plan. It's hard. Ashley loves it here, though. She's one of those people that makes a ton of plans and then realizes she can't do them all. She's a super last-minute planner. She is almost never on time for our Q-doba dates. Don't get me wrong; I love her to death. But I hate having to make plans with her. It gives me such anxiety. I like my schedule, thank you very much. However, being in Ecuador has changed my perspective on time. It's not necessary. It lessens my options. And being without a time schedule is just more fun sometimes. 
 
When you just decide to get out of the house and see where things take you, you realize that life is much better lived this way. Everyday is an adventure. My brain isn't constantly thinking of what I have to do next, but rather what I can do now. And let me tell you, that's the way to live. So, next time Ash asks me to hang out, I'm going yo say "Yamismo." Karma. 
 
-maya
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Topics: Colorado high school, Student travelers, boarding school with international travel program, Service learning, life beyond college, college prep, Ecuador, biking in Ecuador, student voices