This could not have been more true for my mini vacation in the tiny town of Banos. Tourist flock to this tiny town for adventure, experience highland culture and thriving nightlife. I had not been before yet before we left people told me "please come back!" which only deepened by excitement for the weekend.
We flew to quito and spent the night with my cousins. They were super excited to meet my new friends from school and brought up to a plaza with live music. I had a rough day at school so I wasn't in the best space but as the realisation set in that I was on vacation, my mood lightened and started to lighten up. Quito has a lively night life where as guayaquil is isolated and frail, not to stay I haven't had fun:)
Next morning we took the trolley to the bus terminal in the south of Quito and absolutely loved it. It took us about an hour to get there but the movement of people, babies crying, blind beggars, men in their uniforms while passing by statues standing tall in the middle of plaza's made me feel apart of Ecuador. I don't want to be a tourist, I want to be a visitor that experiences, see, feel what people who live there experience. We took the $3.75 bus ticket to Banos and was there in three hours.
Small town with a bustling market, tourist walking everywhere and adventure companies on every corner. Take your pick of what you would like to do: Paragliding, waterfall tour, hiking around the top of a volcano, overnight stay in the jungle, zip lining, waterfall repelling, visiting the zoo, four-wheeling, bike riding, whitewater rafting and much much more. Of course my eyes glazed over and acted like I was in a candy store! I want to do it all I exclaimed. My friend nicole had the same look even after being here 5 times before! We laughed and proceeded to set up the next two days with zip lining, bike riding, water fall repelling and paragliding!
I have not had so much fun in such a long time, I was on an adventure high and felt like I was me again. My steps were light and I craved for more. I wanted something more dangerous, I need something to push myself physically. I think I thrive when I am active. But why do I have to go on vacation to get this juice. Can you get this same feeling in the place you live? But how? I am not sure the answer to this but will continue to try and see if I can find my own adventure in my own backyard of Guayaquil.
This activity also made me realize I have been neglecting myself physically. I work and tutor on weekdays and weekends are spent with friends, writing papers and resting. I have to be more active and maybe I will find that adventure that Banos gave me! We will see.