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With a Lot of Love

Updated: May 31, 2020

One of the main attractions of Ecuador is the Galapagos Islands.

I won a trip there when I was in Ecuador in 1991.  I had the best Hallowe’en Costume at an AFS party and I got flight, 3 nights and 4 days aboard a small touring vessel.

It was a bit of a bittersweet win, because I remember a friend being upset that I won, because he thought that he should have won.

But in my defence - look at my outfit. Seriously.

I spent MONTHS putting this together.  I sewed that entire thing together. I MADE the hair. I did my makeup. Everything.

I have decided that I will not be returning to the Galapagos on this trip.  I do have the time, but it is quite expensive and taking month off work is already going to take it’s financial toll.

BUT… I opened up my facebook messenger and this is the message awaiting me from my host cousin, Hjalmar.


Hjalmar - "vas a visitar el oriente o galápagos?" (translation - "Are you going to visit the jungle or the Galapagos?")


Me - "No to the Galapagos... not much time."


Hjalmar - "my gift"


Me - ?


How is one supposed to take that? MY GIFT?  Is the gift a trip to the Galapagos Islands?


Hjalmar - "for Christmas"


Me - "Que?"


WHAT is for Christmas??? Again... not sure how to take this.


Me - "You confuse me."


I'm really trying not to look a gift horse in the mouth right now.


Hjalmar - "jajajaa"


Is this implied laughter?  Does he know that he is literally bread crumbing me with thoughts of the Galapagos Islands?


OUT of control... I'm actually starting to really get excited!  


Me - "What are you getting me for Christmas?"


Now he's killing me.


Hjalmar - "remember I'm your best friend in Ecuador."


The kind of friend that would take me to the Galapagos?


Me - "Si"

Me - "You're still confusing me."


Now the truth comes out...


Hjalmar - "Cuando vengas te tengo un rico ceviche de camarón y mucho love" (translation - "when you come I have a delicious shrimp ceviche and a lot of love:)

Great.


I'm getting a shrimp and rice dish... 

I'm a lucky girl.


Basically, I have NO idea how to respond... so I did the best I could.


Me - "Sin cilantro por favor" (translation - "without cilantro please")


That's all I could come up with.

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