A Reflection on Life in Ecuador through the Eyes of a Starfish Volunteer
I laid their in my bed, wide awake, wondering what I had gotten myself into. Where was my quiet and peaceful room? There are no roosters or street vendors in my middle-class American neighborhood, and my room has windows to keep out any noises on the street.
But, as I spent more time here in Ecuador I began to understand more. Those rosters are a source of food and nutrients; those dogs are the people´s pets; the kids are students learning their syllables through repetition; those vendors are working hard to provide for their families. As I learned more about the life here, the noises just became sounds, and after awhile the sounds became somewhat musical.
The sounds don´t wake me up any more – they don't bother me at all; it actually feels strange to hear the sound of silence.
Written by current Starfish Volunteer in Ecuador, Patrick Lydon