You know you’re in a budget hotel in Ecuador when…

“Stay at this hotel in the center of Ibarra (Ecuador),” my friend said.  We were both planning on going to an event together. 

So I booked there. 

And sure enough he cancelled.  But I was still going so I went and stayed at this place my friend chose.

And it was during this recent stay I realized most budget hotels in Ecuador that usually charge around $10-15 per person have many things in common.  

Must be a cultural thing!  

…you know you’re in a budget hotel in Ecuador when you open your window to get some air and a big a$$ fly comes in because you have no screens.

…or when you look out your window and you’re looking right in the window of another room.

…or when your sink is outside the bathroom.  

…or when your bathroom sink has no mirror, and no hot water, or the hot water is reversed making it a damn mind puzzle just to get some hot water.  

…or when you try to shave in the poor light and come out looking like a crack head who tried to shave while looking at their reflection in a street puddle.  

…or when you get one of the interior rooms with no window at all.  No this is not prison I’m talking about. 

…or when you can tell your neighbor with exactitude how many times they entered the bathroom the night before due to the SCREECHING sound the doors in the hotel make when you open or close them.

…or when you try to sleep on the rock hard mattress making you fantasize over sleeping on the floor.

…or when you realize your little ventilation window in the bathroom empties out into the hotel kitchen.  

…or when you hang your clothes over the TV because there is not one little clothes hanger or place to hang anything in the entire room. 

…or when you notice your room has a mini-fridge (for some reason) in the corner that doesn’t work.

…or the suicide electric shower that doesn’t heat up the water all that much, and when asking for help they tell you how to do it by fiddling with the wet wires (making you the ground). 

But hey, its all in good fun, an experience that should not be missed!