*Step 1: Admit you are a Gringo and pretend you know no spanish (or in our case - don't pretend, it's true
*Step 2: Always smile - even though you are so frustrated you could burst-always remember you are in South America after all
*Step 3: Say "Claro" at every opportunity
*Step4:Learn to love soup - you will get it at every meal
*Step5:Carry an umbrella everyday - not only do you need it for the rain - but you will need it for the sun too.
*Step 6: Hang out with an awesome group. Which of course all Testigos de Jehova are, whether gringitos or Ecuadorian!
*Step 7:Have a great pair of walking shoes, or at least be prepared to have your shoes resoled every other month
*Step 8:Never trust little old ladies especially ones at a gate carrying a big stick!
*Step 9:Start writing a book "Life in Ecuador for Dummies"
Although trials may seem tough,Jehovah looks after you and the food is yummy!!!UMM???
*Step 10:Have a good Par-tay now and then with great friends - This will stop you going around the bend!
*Step 11:Accept any corrections to your incorrect pronunciation, graciously - and laugh at your mistakes, cause you will make a lot!
*Step12: Make sure you keep in touch with family and friends back home. In other words no matter what it costs - the internet is a must have
Soup and juice - a main dish - in this case spagetti cabonera and some sort of sweet - today's was cheese and cane sugar syrup - quite delicious and just what you need after a long morning in service.
By the way notice the popcorn in the soup - they actually serve a bowl of popcorn on the table - and everyone always puts it in their soup - it is really good too! I will be taking that tradition home with me.