I will never forget Ecuador for this very simple reason. It is a country that has played one of the most singularly important roles in my cultural, academic, and spiritual development. Why, you ask? By successfully answering "Quito" in response to a breakfast-let-in trivia question at Covenant Pines Bible Camp in the eighth grade, it forever changed my life. You see, I never win anything....like games and sports and such...unless they are trivia based (which is why I'm good at test-taking and Disney's Scene-It...urg, dont' be jealous ;).
I remembered watching "End of the Spear" in the later years of high school and I recalled the plane that Elliot flew to the small sandbar in the Amazon. Even thought I knew the story, a feeling of incredulity swept over me as each man was slaughtered. A sort of music swelled inside of me when their wives returned to minister to the people that killed them - I knew I would never be as brave as them, I knew that their lives weren't romantic like the movie, but I'd rather give my life trying than sit in a cubicle everday storing up wealth and wasting my life in front of a television. In my dreams I'd finish my degree and fly to some distant land with ease and courage; but I sit here at my little corporate desk, 8 months after graduation, and the freedom of Ecuador seems so far away - the air here is so stagnant, I have to get up and walk around to stave off a headache. Now, the people around me are lovely, the company worthwhile; but every long drive home from work reminds me that I'm a woman of the earth, not of the coin.
image credit: Carl W. Heindl, Ecuador