It is Tuesday again and that means Tuesday-Blog-Day!! This time written by an adventurous Dutchie who is doing her internship at the Montañita Spanish School. Oh.. wait?! Are we talking about me? Let me first introduce myself for those who do not know me yet. My name is Stasja and I arrived in Montañita about 3,5 weeks ago. My experiences so far have been amazing. It is very difficult to get bored in Montañita, there are just too many fun things to do. To give you an impression of my life here, I made a list of my activities so far.
- I met many great, fun and inspiring people. Those people are the keystone to my positive experience here, a great ‘thank you’ to you all !
- A spectacular trip to Baños (There is a blog written before by Sammy about the Baños trip)
- Eating at many good restaurants. The quality of the food here is very good, not only the Ecuadorian dishes but also the foreign dishes exceeded my expectations.
- Bought already waaaay too many souvenirs.. Now I have to book (and buy) an extra suitcase when I fly home. But hey, who doesn’t need 2 leather bags and a hammock chair?
- I had one week of surfing classes which were so much fun. Even thought I fell a lot, and sometimes didn’t even try to do the pop-up because I didn’t want to risk to fall again, I think I got a feeling for how to surf. The surf intern Alec helped me a lot and made it a very pleasurable experience.
- We had a cocktail evening with delicious cocktails made by Laura, one of the students.
- A fun BBQ with a fire show, good food and games, followed by a terrific night.
- I have been on 2 surf trips, on which we went to Las Tunas. The beach there is very peaceful. It was so good to just relax at the beach and try to do some surfing.
- Visit to Puerto Lopez and Isla Salango, an island good for snorkelling. Unfortunately, we did not see any sea turtles but we did see some beautiful tropical fishes. There was also some kayaking and bird watching involved. Tip: For about $25 you can do this trip with an organised tour from Montañita. We thought we could do it cheaper if we would do it on our own but in the end we paid about the same and we had to wait for a few hours until there was a boat available from Puerto Lopez.
- Día de la familia. This was a great activity to get to know the host-families better. The families (especially their kids) and the students swam a day together in the pool. The kids they just love it! It was lovely to see their happy faces.
- Bonfire =D It was so nice to just sit at the beach with so many fun people around a fire, watching the clear stars.
- Intern cooking night. The interns made a delicious Seco de pollo for the students.
- Picture night. In a bar we watched all the pictures of Baños.
- Delfin tour. This was for me the best daytrip I have done so far. Almorro is the town where our Delfin tour started. We had to take 4 busses (about 3 hours of travelling) to get there but it was so much worth it! We were with 3 people and we had a boat to ourselves (and our 2 guides). The 3 hour tour (which cost us $17 pp) brought us to a place where fresh and salt water meet, that’s the place where dolphins can be found. We spotted about 15 dolphins. After seeing the dolphins, our tour continued to an island where the biggest bird population of Ecuador was located. There were thousands of birds on that island and the sky was full of them. It was a really great trip, I recommend it to everyone.
- Sushi night.
- Cocktails from Eugenio!! In the cocktail alley you can find the best cocktails of Montañita.
- Fruit salads, tostadas and banana pancakes from fruit street
The list is seriously endless.. I don’t want to bore you guys with all the small things I did here, like eating empanadas, getting really good 0,50$ fruit ice creams or just enjoying the beach, but those small things altogether have made my time so far in Montañita already an unforgettable experience.
Hopefully, you enjoyed reading this blog. Maybe you even got some nice ideas about what to do in Montañita. Thanks for reading! The pictures of last week can be found here.