Day 11: Surf's Up, Dude!

Day 11: Surf’s Up, Dude!

Hola mis Amigos! It is just the craziest thing to think that we only have about 3 more full days left here in Ecuador, sad face. Waking up to the sound of the ocean here in Olon was a perfect start to our long awaited free day at the beach! That’s right folks; today’s agenda involved a whole lot of nothing and whatever else we wanted to do! After working so hard the past week, it really is nice just to step back and appreciate where we are, what we’ve done, and what this trip has left to offer.

We had the most delicious breakfast of fresh baked buns, fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice, delicious coffee, and scrumptious egg omelette. Are you jealous yet? After breakfast most of us went along for a walk on the beach. Even though the sun wasn’t out today, we could still feel the heat and enjoy our time with the sand beneath our toes. We walked to the far end of the beach where the sand stretches into high cliffs. It really was a beautiful sight. Most of us just hung out in each other’s company, goofed off, and took a ton of pictures! It wasn’t long before a group of us left the beach to jump in the ocean! I love the ocean; I swear I was born to live right next to one as opposed to Alberta, the land of no oceans. It was definitely a great morning of lounging in or around the great body of water!

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After another delicious meal at lunch we were unsure of how to spend our time. A couple ideas were being thrown around, including horseback riding along the water, but the one that stood out most to the group was definitely surfing!! Since most of us are full time Alberta residents, surfing is a rare opportunity for us. For most of the group, this was their first time. When I was younger I spent quite a bit of time in Australia, so surfing is something that I have done before and something that I’m absolutely crazy about! It’s been a few years since I’ve been on a surf board, so to say I was a little rusty was an understatement. It was so much fun being out on that board and getting tossed around by the waves. It was also great to see people who have never done anything like this before get up and ride the wave like a champ. I think all in all there were 9 or 10 of us who chose to surf and everyone had a blast doing it!

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After yet another delicious meal at dinner, Cynthia planned to take those of us who wanted to, to go to Montañita, a small coastal town about 5 minutes from where we are staying. Montañita is a very touristy location with many small shops surrounding the coastal line. It’s a large attraction at night where many of the tourists go to socialize, eat & drink, and dance. If I had to compare it to someplace back home, I would compare it to Edmonton’s own Whyte Ave. We did a bit of light shopping (I am officially maxed out on the amount of bracelets I can fit on one wrist) and then stopped at a little pizza place that had a Canadian flag hanging up in it. Turns out the guy that owns the shop was born in Ecuador, raised in Canada, and then returned to Ecuador, where obviously he opened up a pizza shop in Montañita. It was just really cool to hear about his life, and what he thought of both being a Canadian and an Ecuadorian citizen. Plus, who doesn’t like a good fresh pizza! What a day!

Thanks for reading!!!

Xx Erica