Having traveled in the same day (starting at 4 a.m. Ecuador time and ending at 10 p.m. California time) by taxi, airplane, airport shuttle and private car from the Andes of Ecuador to the drought of Southern California has caused definite physical change! Literal physical location change and actual personal physical change.
Fatigue, brain fog, backache, headache, dry eyes, exhaustion, hunger. . .yeah, actual physical change as well!
Living in an elevation of 2916 meters – 9566.9 feet above sea level has required some adjustments for me as a native SoCali girl! I’ve definitely adapted after 4+ years of living there, although it still feels a little too “mountainous” for me much of the time! The weather is perpetually ‘fall-ish’ with daytime highs in 60-70s and nighttime temps in 40-50s (with a rare night time frost and a rare 80 degree day interspersed here and there, too!).
From our property in Ecuador we have the views of the volcanoes Mt. Imbabura and Cotacachi which are truly spectacular. We also enjoy the peace and tranquility of living en el campo. In Ecuador for us both personally and professionally the areas of service are abundant, cost of living relatively low, we’ve found the people are friendly, helpful, and very caring for the most part. The adjustments involved with living full time in a “foreign” location and culture have brought a lot of change in us as individuals as well as a couple. The country’s infrastructure has vastly improved in our time there – it’s a dramatically different place than just four short years ago! More change!
For me personally the challenges of traveling from Ecuador to California (and back) have been minimized as I’ve been blessed by doing it more often. Physically it takes me a good two days to really acclimate to the elevation and weather change and to recover from the fatigue that any sort of travel entails. The time change is two hours, sleep place and patterns are different, eating is decidedly different and general pace of society is different. These differences are cause for adaptation and adjustment – i.e. change!
Physical change necessitates emotional and mental change as well. We’ll explore that in more detail tomorrow!