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After my MBA graduation I decided to take up a little travel. I always wanted to learn spanish so a couple of friends recommended that I attend a school in Ecuador, “Simon Bolivar”. After I signed up I was assigned a host family that would house me for my 4 week stay. When living outside the US you realize that the world is vast, dynamic and expansive. You start to feel really really small.

My life in Quito was much, much simpler. It was a treat to take warm showers and regardless the were always efficient. I walked to school everyday remembering to be home before the sun set. I salsa danced about 4 hours every day. And my host mother was the sweetest cooking me authentic Ecuadorian food every night – no shade to my real mom :). I also had an amazing spanish teacher, Zulma, who was patient and kind and even taught me a recipe that I use to this day, Batido de Aguacate, or its english translation, Avocado Milkshake.

Since it is AVOCADO WEEK it only felt right to share this gem with you. The milkshake is easy only containing 6 ingredients that you are likely to have in your pantry and fridge. You just add all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. The result is a sweet and creamy yet refreshing treat that you will want to make over and over again. FYI, I found these adorable little milk bottles at Target for only $3.

This was also a great excuse to go down memory lane. This trip was the first time I traveled alone and I loved it!  While in Ecuador I didn’t have a the flashy, bright and distracting objects that cloud us everyday. I was forced to dig deeper into who I was and what I wanted out of life which has ultimately helped me (amongst other things) to get decide to do this blog, sharing my some of the experiences I hold most valuable with you. I hope you enjoy!

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