Modern Pastries has been a bit of a ghost town lately, and I apologize for that. Ecuador, and my new high school, has been keeping me very very busy. Also, my opportunity to bake has diminished. This is mainly due to a lack of free time. My other problem though is that I don’t have my kitchen. Here, in the house that I’m staying in, the kitchen is very different from what I’m used to. There’s no oven, no KitchenAid, and a limited supply of baking ingredients on hand. I miss the luxuries of my kitchen at home more than anything. It’s been so hard not being able to create and post things regularly. I will be visiting the states in December though, and I have lots planned for that month.
Adjusting to my new life here has been challenging, but interesting. Going from a small college town, to know living in a city of 3.2 million people was not something I was completely prepared for. I no longer have my own car, and even if I did have a car here I wouldn’t be able to drive. Ecuadorian are notorious for their driving, and lack of rules/laws for the highway. Although there may be lines separating lanes, they are invisible to any and all drivers. Being a passenger is nerve wracking enough, so I know without a doubt that I never want to be behind the wheel here.
Going back to high school also came with its own set of challenges. Some days I wonder why I gave up my summer vacation to start school all over again. So while I could be tanning on the beach with my friends, I’m instead sitting at my desk completing homework for physics, and math. Don’t get me wrong, I truly love the school here and the experiences I’m having so far. The students were so welcoming and very nice. I’ve been able to go out and experience the culture of Ecuador and South America in new ways. My spanish has also been improving greatly, and I can’t believe how beneficial all this will be when it’s over.
Classes here are very relaxed here, which was something I wasn’t really expecting. There are many days when I don’t have a certain class because the teacher simply never shows up. Other days, all classes are cancelled so that students can prepare for upcoming events. For example we hardly had any classes for a whole week because that upcoming Saturday was the date for the “school olympics”. Instead of learning or being productive we made decorations and hung out all day. For this reason I’m very glad that I’ve already graduated and that this year, academically speaking, isn’t very important.
My time in Ecuador has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. I hope that soon I’ll have recipes and photos to share.