Snow Globe

I have always enjoyed a good Shakespeare play. The comedy mingles with the tragedy on such a wonderful level, and every actor who sets out to perform a Shakespeare play seems to understand the magnitude of their endeavor and approach it with curiosity and zeal. I knew that I could not leave London without seeing a play in the Globe Theatre- Shakespeare’s theatre.

Luckily enough my school provided me with free tickets to “Much Ado About Nothing”.

Now, I should have known, but I did not know, that the Globe is an open-air theatre. I really had just never thought about it. Unfortunately for me the play landed on the absolute coldest day that I have had yet in London, and the first time that London has had snow in years. Ten minutes in, I was absolutely covered in an inch of snow!

The cold did not bother me, however, because the play was so entertaining. It was a modern version of the play, with the soldiers in modern combat outfits and superheroes costumes and a joke about selfies- I loved it. In addition, the play was set up as it would have been back in the day, with a band coming through the audience onto the stage, and crowd participation encouraged.

“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”

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The Machismo Endemic

I have had a lot of ups and downs in my 9 months in Ecuador. Some days I choke on the bus fumes, car alarms ringing in my ears, walking at “ecua-pace” and mentally calculate how much it would cost to change my plane ticket home to the next day. Other days, I look up at Pichincha volcano in amazement, and wonder how I could ever go back to my mundane life in mid-Michigan. My students always ask me if I will stay in Ecuador and my answer is always a resounding no. I could not reside her permanently for a plethora or reasons. Of course I would miss my friends and family. I would miss the diversity and the freedom that the United States offers. Chinese food is not the same here, and I don’t love cities. But, all of these are hurdles that any expat could overcome with a little bit of time.

However, there is one lingering piece of Ecuadorian culture that is the absolute deal-breaker. It is a plague imparted on the civilization– not inescapable, but difficult to shake. Like a virus it has attached itself to Ecuador and infected the population. Machismo is my deal-breaker.

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