There´s a few things in Ecuador that will straight shock you when you see them…
1.You see Ecuadorian males drown their French fries in Mayonnaise.
2. You see milk in unrefrigerated boxes on the shelves of grocery stores.
3. You pay $1 for a taxi ride in Quito, Cuenca or many of the small towns in Ecuador.
4. You see resumes in Ecuador with people´s picture, birth date, marital status and more.
5. That 100% of Ecuadorian grade schools require their kids to use uniforms.
6. The price tag of Levis Jeans, iPhones or Apple Computers in Ecuador (about triple that of the USA).
7. The sheer number of policemen in the streets, it may seem as though Ecuador tries to employ their entire male population as police or taxi drivers.
8. How Ecuadorians can drive while simultaneously leaning on their horns.
9. How Chicken soup in Ecuador will often have a chicken foot floating in it.
10. The mysterious lack of automatic cars.
11. You see the Ecuador delicacy of Bulls Penis soup (Caldo de Tronquito).
12. That in the Amazon there actually aren´t that many mosquitos at all.
13. That gas prices are still around $1.50 a gallon and water bills for a small house can be as low as $4.
14. Things like pay phones and internet computer centers in the street still exist and thrive.
15. How cars retain value. Seriously, you can buy a used car, use it for a few years and sell it for about what you paid for it!
16. How Ecuadorians love to drink beer, I mean a lot of beer, on the beach.
17. The sight of magazines with nude girls on the streets.
18. When you see the Ecuadorian remedy for hangovers… fish soup early in the morning (encebollado).
19. When you see the free public hospitals and free public universities. Like it should be, right?
20. How many Ecuadorian guys believe with every fiber of their being that it’s OK to be unfaithful but it’s a horrible, unforgiveable sin if their woman is unfaithful to them.This is not just an Ecuador thing, but actually more of a belief present throughout Latin America. Not that I mind double standards that benefit me.
21. How getting the internet is not a given if living deep in the Ecuador countryside.
22. How the streets are lined with pirated DVD shops. Want a new copy of Windows 7, sure, $5 please.
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