Guayaquil Day on Friday was a holiday, so nobody had school! We decided to spend the long weekend in Canoa on the central Ecuadorian coast. The trip started Thursday afternoon when we left the bus terminal in Quito. After a seven hour bus ride to the coast, we found our hostal and went to bed.

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After a six mile barefoot beach run Friday, I ate breakfast and then surfed with Savanna, Ellen, and our instructor, Manuel. First we practiced our balancing skills on the a rope suspended between two pieces of plywood, then we further refined them by floundered around on a log. Finally we carried our surfboards into the ocean and spent two hours practicing in the, fortunately, small morning waves. By mid-afternoon we were exhausted, so we ate shrimp pasta and hung around at Surf Shak for the rest of the afternoon.

When Saturday came around we spent the day lounging around, eating seafood, and swimming in the ocean. I also ate some delicious ice cream:

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And played soccer on the beach with new Ecuadorian friends:

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Saturday night most of my friends went home, but I stayed an extra day with Christopher. Sunday we rented a canoe on a nearby lake, and in the afternoon sat on the beach drinking coconut juice and finishing up our homework.

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I’ll be back to the Pacific Ocean in exactly two weeks to visit the Galapagos Islands, but before then I have a much anticipated trip to Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon Basin!

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