Today is the very day that I leave Europe and fly to Ecuador to become an assistant professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. It’s not the most common choice for someone having received a PhD in Western Europe to move to a developing country. The main reasons for going there, though, were related to the possibility for both my husband and I to find academic jobs without having to live thousands of miles away from eachother – and it helps that he is originally from there.
Having lived in a number of countries prior to this adventure, I know that it doesn’t really matter to me where I am. As long as I like what I do, get enough sleep, my veggies, music and some sports, my basic needs are covered.
But Ecuador is beautiful, and I will show you five of the things that I most looking forward to enjoy in my new environment.
1. The Andean highs
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Quito is located right in the middle of the Andes mountains, so hiking should be among my new hobbies.
2. Pacific ocean
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Although I’ll be 4 hours away from the beach, there should be an opportunity every now and then to go to the beach and warm my bones.
3. Visiting the Galapagos
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On a previous trip, I didn’t get the chance to visit the Galapagos islands, and it’s still very high on my wishlist.
4. Fruit overload
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One of the things that struck me most of all during my previous visit to Ecuador, is the cornucopia of fruits. There’s a juicer in our container – we’ll be using it!
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Even though roses are associated with English gardens, the roses from Ecuador are famous worldwide (my wedding bouquet contained nothing but Ecuadorian roses).