After weeks of setbacks, sickness, and rescheduling I am finally in the beautiful Guayaquil, Ecuador.

I was very happy to finally be on the plane, not only because it left an hour late, but because my departure was delayed more than a month after the date that I was supposed to leave.

Originally, I was meant to leave August 18th. After a death in my family in June, I knew I still wanted to go, but my departure was delayed to September 2nd so that I could have a bit more time with my family before leaving. Then, three weeks before I was supposed to leave, I was diagnosed with mono and had to wait six weeks before leaving the country, according to my infectious disease doctor. But now I'm here!

After a long day of travel, this was a sight for sore eyes. Because my first plane was delayed, I just barely made my connection in Miami. And running through the airport with bags in tow is not nearly as glamorous as it looks in movies. I suggest avoiding the situation at all costs.

But I'm here!!!!! I've been in a bit of a daze, and haven't really been thinking about taking pictures, but I'm going to start tomorrow. It will be much easier for me to describe what my surroundings and experiences are like with photos, as I really have no words. Or really not much to compare it to, because everything is so incredibly different than it is in the US.

OK here is one thing I can describe: the roads. They are terrifying. I don't think there are any traffic laws here. There are stop signs and traffic lights, but that is about the only control over the driving situation that I have noticed. It is rare to see lane lines drawn, but there are always at least 3 lanes of traffic driving. People all just sort of weave in and out and drive where they please.