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The weeks went by so incredibly fast! This was already the last week in Montañita. Here’s a quick recap of the final week and everything I did, and… my trip to my new destination.

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Monday: free day because of the carnaval

This day, there were no Spanish lessons because of the carnaval. It was the perfect day to do absolutely nothing and chill by the pool, so that is what I did.

Trying to FaceTime my best friend

Okay, I did not just that. I also facetimed my best friend, because it had been wayyy to long since I last talked to her. We have been texting and sending voice memos, but it’s just not the same.

The connection wasn’t too great though. First, I wasn’t able to FaceTime her at all. Then, we tried other things: Skype, Zoom, my laptop instead of my phone… Anything. In the end, we got it to work and talked to each other for a while, which was nice.

After that, I got some work done in the afternoon. I had two meetings planned: one weekly meeting with one of my clients, and one introduction meeting with a potential freelancer who wants to work with us. The freelancer didn’t show up unfortunately, and eventually I stopped working and emailed her to schedule another appointment.

For dinner, R and I went to a restaurant that we had been wanting to try out. The restaurant is called The Wave, and it serves all kinds of food. I chose a salad (yes really), but of course, with fries on the side. After that, it was time to party again!

Tuesday: last free day in Montañita!

On Tuesday I woke up kind of late, because of the party from the previous day. Not to worry though, because we also had this day off! I love that carnaval is an actual holiday here.

So once again, I spend the day working a little and relaxing a lot. The weather was amazing, and so I alternated between swimming (and sleeping) in the pool, sitting on the side with my e-reader, and swinging in the hammocks.

Wednesday: Spanish and the last welcome dinner

On Wednesday, the holiday was over and we had to go back to school. At 8 a.m., which was kind of a struggle after the previous week of 10 a.m. classes and after the long weekend full of partying. But still, it was nice.

Enjoying the pool in Montañita

What we hadn’t realised, is that we now had three hours of classes in the morning in stead of two, to compensate for the party weekend. We all couldn’t really stay focused for a whole three hours, so luckily, we spent one hour just talking in Spanish.

At night, we had the welcome dinner again. Normally, this is on Monday, but because of the carnaval it was now on Wednesday. I met a really nice girl from The Netherlands, who just arrived here and is going to stay a couple of weeks.

I’m really sad that this is my last week, because she seems like a lot of fun. She is also closer in age to me than the rest of the students – not that it matters a lot, but still.

Thursday: the last full day in Montañita

Thursday was the last full day in Montañita, because I would be leaving on Friday. I spend it going to class (of course), relaxing by the pool (duh), and walking around town. One last time, I wanted to see everything, and I also took some pictures for an upcoming blogpost…

The Good Vibes cafe in Montañita

In between classes, R and I (and some other students) went to my favourite cafe in Montañita: the Good Vibes Cafe. I absolutely love it. It has breakfast and lunch, and great smoothies. It’s healthy, sort-of cheap, and there are lots of vegetarian and vegan options.

An added bonus for this place is that you get a $1 discount if you are from the school!

Friday: time to say goodbye…

Then, the day came to say goodbye to Montañita. And not only that: also to R. We were the only people left in Montañita from the Traveling Classroom. That has been over for two weeks, but it still felt like it wasn’t completely over. With me leaving, it was.

I still took my classes in the morning, and then I went to the Cabañas one last time to pack the rest of my things. Most of it I packed the previous night already. Then I made some final cheese toasties, and made my way to the bus station.

The bus would take me from Montañita to Guayaquil in about three hours. Or at least that was the plan. Somewhere along the way, the bus had to make a stop because it had a flat tire. We were picked up by another bus pretty soon though, so it was no problem.

Once in Guayaquil, I took a taxi to my hotel. Hotel? Yes, hotel. Guayaquil is known as a kind-of dangerous city. I didn’t want to risk going to a hostel dorm room with all of my stuff – laptop, phone, cameras… So I booked a hotelroom. A little over my budget, but hey! It was only for one night.

My flight would leave the next morning. I didn’t want to take an overnight bus from Montañita to Guayaquil and then head straight to the airport, so I decided to do this. And I really, really, really enjoyed the hotelroom. It was on the 11th floor, with a nice view over the city.

My hotelroom in Guayaquil

Saturday: flying to Medellín, Colombia

On Saturday morning at 7 a.m., the airport shuttle from the hotel brought me to the airport. Once there, I stood in line for about 45 minutes, only to be refused because I couldn’t show an onward ticket. My mistake…

Some countries (like Colombia, which is my next destination) require you to have an onward ticket. This is proof that you will leave the country within the time you need to, based on your visa. Before entering Ecuador, I had my flight ticket to Colombia ready, but they never asked for it. I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal here either. Wrong.

So, I bought some cheap ticket that I won’t be using last minute, and I got back in line, to wait another 30 minutes. This time, I could check in without them even asking for it. They asked me later though, as I tried to board the plane. I scanned my ticket and the alarm went off. The flight attendant then asked for my onward ticket, which I gladly showed.

The flight from Guayaquil took me to Bogotá, and from there, I had to catch another flight to Medellín. I was a little bit worried that my luggage would be delayed because of the connecting flights, but everything went well. I was picked up from the airport by someone from the school, who took me to my host family.

My host family is very nice. I live with two people: a man and a woman, who are very cool. They made me dinner, bought some wine and made conversation with me. The man speaks English, so that is also nice for a change – although he promised me to only talk Spanish with me starting Monday. But it is nice that he can understand me if I really need something.

So now the adventure continues, in Medellín, Colombia! I’m very excited and I hope that my time here will be just as amazing as my time in Montañita.

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