Until Next Time, Ecuador

As my sunburns heal and my tan lines fade away I begin to reflect on the surreal experience that was traveling to Ecuador. I knew going into this trip that South America was going to be an entirely new world for me, and one that I couldn’t fully prepare for. As much as I like…

Back to Reality

After managing cancelled flights and long layovers we have made it back to Pittsburgh and it truly feels like it was all a dream. It’s hard to believe that just days ago we were in 90-degree weather with palm trees and pineapples growing outside. This fresh fruit, the PHANOMINAL coffee, and all the other amazing…

Until Next Time

Ecuador has stolen a piece of my heart. Leaving the country was hard to say the least, mostly because I don’t know when I’ll be able to go back. The trip (even though only nine days) was packed with sights, adventure, and educational opportunities. The trip had a mixture of students on it. There were…

Amor Ecuador

Coming into the Quito airport I was beyond excited. Not only had I just stepped foot onto the South American continent for the first time, but there was no Pittsburgh cold weather. We were surrounded by palm trees, a sparkling city, and new faces.  Following the flight, we went over to the mall across the…

Looking Back At It

Overall, experiencing the International Marketing in Ecuador program was an enormous growth opportunity for me. I was able to experience an entirely different country and language guided by caring chaperones and kind, generous natives. Personally, I had to learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. In Quito, it was hard to be surrounded by a…

Adios, Ecuador

My time in Ecuador has come to an end and now I am able to reflect on my time there. As always when I leave a new country, I am surprised by what challenged and changed me the most. It is rarely what I think it will be, which also held true this time. Although…

Expectations for Ecuador

Bags packed. Passport in hand. We are ready for Ecuador! After months of anticipation we are almost on our way South, and I couldn’t be more excited. We will be flying into the capital city of Quito where we will spend the night in a historic hotel before exploring the rest of the city the…

Taking the Next Step

The time for traveling to Ecuador has approached faster than anticipated. For months it was off in the distance and now, I sit, ready to leave the airport for this new adventure.  There are many aspects of Ecuador that I am ready to immerse myself in, some of which may present themselves as challenges. The…

Dreaming of Ecuadorian Chocolate

Hi all! My name is Katie Gerdenich and I am a junior and the University of Pittsburgh. I am originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan which is about 4.5 hours northwest of Pittsburgh, but was eager to adventure out and explore a new area when going to college. At Pitt I have had the opportunity to…