Beach to blockade to airport! Oh my!

Sorry I haven’t blogged in six months (or more)! I’ve had countless experiences living as an expat in Ecuador, many that I’ve chronicled on Facebook, in snippets here and there. Yet my blog has lain dormant. This story, though, deserves a post.

This past Friday, my husband, daughter and I needed to get from a town on the Ecuadorian coast to an Ecuadorian city, where our daughter needed to catch a flight that evening, to start her journey home, back to Minnesota. (She’d been with us for a week of ‘seeing where mom lives’ and for fun on the beach. Every moment of her sweet face in my presence and in my new home was delightful! It was incredibly hard to see her leave! Miss you Em!)

Since Thursday morning she’d been sick with a stomach/intestinal bug that wasn’t letting up, which made the trip to the States seem daunting.
After deciding that taking a bus could be problematic (no real bathroom to use, and no stops along the way), my husband arranged with our hotel’s proprietor for a taxi to come and pick us up and transport us 3+ hours to the airport.
Then, two hours before leaving, the proprietor informed us that there was a protest happening in one of the towns we needed to travel through, and that the protesters had blocked all the roads through the town…no vehicles were being allowed to pass…not even buses, not even taxis.
With smiling eyes, he told us that he knew a taxi driver who could get us to the blockade, and that he had a taxi driver relative he trusted on the other side of the blockade who could get us all the way to the airport. He even offered one of his workers (his son?) to go with us to the blockade and walk us through the blockade and get us connected with the driver on the other side.
Wide eyed, we quickly we accepted his offer, and for $100 we got to the blockade (they were petitioning the mayor for potable water), walked about six blocks through the blockade, and then took the appointed taxi the rest of the way to the airport.
The way Ecuadorians treat immigrants and foreigners is mixed (for there are plenty of horror stories), yet the way we were treated is typical. Ecuadorians are incredibly generous, gracious, and helpful. Their empathy humbles me, and reminds me that God often looks out for us through each other.
Friends, wherever you may live, your small act of kindness to the foreigner/immigrant may reveal to them that God sees them and loves them…
PS Emily is back in Minnesota and is slowly recovering. It may have been something she drank or ate…we don’t know, yet we trust she is on the mend.
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7 thoughts on “Beach to blockade to airport! Oh my!

  1. So good to hear from you Jodi. It’s been too long.
    I am so sorry for poor Em having to be sick & having to find her way home with so many obstacles. Incredible what you had to go through to get her to the airport. Oh My!!!! It was wonderful to hear how God provided for you as you maneuvered through many obstacles. He DOES care for His own.
    Thanks for the good reminder to treat foreigners/immigrants with kindness (as you experienced). Very timely.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed your time with sweet Emily & she is safely home.
    Love & Hugs to You & Rich

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  2. So glad to see you and Rich are in Ecuador now & that Em made it back okay. Really enjoy your blog posts so hope you will keep it up going forward, it’s always so interesting to hear about other countries and their culture. I should be moving back to the Pacific NW by summer and will hopefully get my blog going as well. Miss that ‘west coast state of mind’ although the weather here this week in MN is pretty amazing!

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    1. Great to hear from you! Rich is here til Friday, then back in MN. Thanks for the support and encouragement. Your kindness and interest always lift me. Great for you on moving back to the west coast. I’m sure you’ve been missed, although truly wonderful to have you in MN, especially with all that is happening… Have a super spring, enjoy the weather. Thanks again for the comment and kindness.

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  3. I agree! Generous, gracious, and helpful. I, too, am bowled over by the empathy in Ecuador. I hope your daughter bounces back soon.

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  4. Thanks for the read and comment, Holly. Nice to know others are touched by these amazing people. We are blessed! Em is bouncing back, every day is better than the one before. Thanks again for dropping in. :)

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