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Montanita, Ecuador

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What and where?
Montañita was the first town on my trip, it’s located in the pacific coast of Ecuador. It’s a little beach town with just few streets and avenues (without names). Here you can experience ”the holiday feeling” because everyone is so relaxed, you can chill at the beach and savor the ocean and sunshine on your skin. You see people from all over the world, but also Ecuatorianos (Ecuadorian people) spending their weekends there. Most of the crowd is young. Good place for a holiday. Even though it’s so small that you can walk through it in just 5-10 minutes it has lots of things to offer like restaurants, bars, few surfboard stores, beautiful beach and great parties!
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This pic is taken in our fave beach cafeteria where you can get good coffee, fresh juices and smoothies and of course wifi haha.

How to get there?
I took a direct bus to Montañita from Guayaquil. It costed $6 (they use USD in Ecuador) and it took maybe 2,5 hours to get there. I recommend you to take The CLP (Coop Liberdad Peninsular) ”the luxury bus”. It really was luxury compared to other bus lines that looked like hippie-busses, with all the colours and decorations. The CLP was like the long-distance busses I’ve used to in Finland.

What to do in Montañita?
Montañita is known for surfing (they are hosting many surfing contests in a year) and many people come there to learn how to surf -that’s what I did. Is there a better place to learn how to surf than in the warm waves of the pacific ocean? I actually managed to get on board in my first day, yaay! It’s so rewarding! And a good workout too, you can feel the excercise in your body in the next days for sure. I had booked my spanish classes and surfing classes together. Every day from monday to friday after spanish classes our surfing teachers took us to another beach ten minutes drive away from montañita to surf in a ”private” beach. It was good to surf there beacause everyone had more space to practice. Beach was quiet but beautiful. image
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When you are in Montañita i recommend you to buy bracelets! There are so many options between color, size, model….I bought my fave Ecuadorian bracelets from Montañita. And beacause we are in Latin America it’s okay to bargain from the price. Spanish skills helps you ofc. I was even misunderstood for Chilean and Argentinian when bargain in spanish haha.
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Where to learn spanish?
I studied in The Montañita spanish school, located five minutes away from the beach. I had group lessons from monday to friday in two parts, from 8am till 10am and from 1pm till 3pm. In the middle we had siesta (break because of the sun is so hot) and after classes we went surfing. In the first day we had to do placement test to see on what level you are. There were many different levels of groups with 4-6 persons in one group. Studying is laid-back. We had our classes either inside or outside in the garden. Few times we had our classes in the rooftop terrace, 180′ wiew to the ocean. I had booked my classes in advance but you can just walk in and book classes. You can choose spanish, spanish&surf, spanish&dive, spanish&salsa, spanish&yoga…whatever you like.

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That’s the sign to the school (because like I said they have no street names) but that’s easy to notice because it’s placed in the main road where all the busses drive.

How to get to know people?
Montañita is very good place to make new friends because everybody there wants to socialize and get to know new people. I met my friends in the spanish school, at the surf classes, at the cabañas…When everyone there is in the holiday mood, it’s easy to make friends.
I met lovely people there and spend many great days with them. I almost started to cry when I had to say goodbye to them.

Where to stay?
My accomodation was a paradise just minutes walk away from the beach and everything in Montañita. It was a hostel called The Cabañas and we had a pool middle of the hostel area, just five meters away from our door. The hostel area was like a tropical paradise, with bamboo constructions and thatched roofs. Everyone had their own hammock in the front yard. They have like this big outside livingroom where all gather around in the evenings. In the nights we had our own guard at the main door of the hostel just in case which was cool. I can only recommend this hostel!
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Where is the party?
No matter of what day of the week it is, there is always a party in Montañita. La calle de cocteles (coctail street) is the place where all the parties and evenings start. Drinks are delicious and cheap. People are packed in the little street full of music and people just few meters away from the ocean. Good place to meet people and to hang out before going into a bar or a club. My favourite was the bar/club called Caña Grill. Dancing in the sand without shoes, great music from reggaeton to LMFAO, open roof so you can see the sky, a lots of people having fun and very relaxed feeling. I miss this place.
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Surf curls & strawberries!
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You have to try icy smoothies in Montañita! Oh I loved that one with maracuya y fresas (passion fruit and strawberries) …just like heaven!

Español en mi corazón

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Heipsan ihanat, mitä kuuluu?
Tänään halusin kirjottaa aiheesta joka on lähellä mun sydäntä, nimittäin espanjan kieli.
Tiedättekö kun kaikilla on se yks asia (joillaki useempia) missä ne on hyviä tai mikä on se niitten ”juttu”? Oon viime aikoina tajunnu et mun juttu on espanjan kieli. Nautin siitä tosi paljon ja se oliki yks suuri syy miks halusin lähteä just lattareihin. Espanjan kieli on niin kaunis. Tykkään kuunnella espanjan kielisiä biisejä just niitten sanojen takia ja koska se musiikki on niin iloista et siitä ei voi tulla ku hyvälle mielelle!
//Hello sweeties, how are you today?
Today I wanted to write about thing that is close to my heart; spanish.
You guys know that everyone of us has that one ”thing” (some people have many things) that you’re good at? Lately I have noticed that my ”thing” is spanish. I enjoy it a lot and that was one big reason why I wanted to travel to Latin America. Spanish is such a beautiful language! I like to listen to spanish songs because of the words and the music is so lively and cheerful so it makes me feel happy.

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Ecuadorissa sain rauhassa harjotella espanjaa ja opinki sitä paljon. Mulle kielioppijutut on jo tuttuja ja kaikki ne asiat on jo päässä mut tarttin vaan paljon käytännön harjottelua. Ecuadorissa puhutaan tosi selkeetä espanjaa ja ihmiset tykkää puhua ja oppia uusista kulttureista. Mun espanjan opettajan käskystä treenasin kieltä kaikissa mahdollisissa tilanteissa; host-perheen kanssa, ravintolassa, kahvilassa, kaupassa, taksissa ja jopa ollessani riippuliitämässä juttelin sen ohjaajan kanssa! Suosittelenki Ecuadoria jos oot vasta alottamassa espanjan opiskelua ja mietit vähän eksoottisempaa kielimatkakohdetta ku se perus Espanja.
//In Ecuador I had time to practice my spanish skills and in just 4 weeks I learned lots of new things. For me grammatics are already familiar and I already know (almost) all the things but I just needed a lot of practice with speaking. In Ecuador people speak very clear spanish so it’s easy to understand and they like to talk a lot and learn about new cultures. My spanish teacher gave me an assignment to practice my spanish everywhere and in every possible situations and so I did; with my host-family, in restaurant, at coffee house, in taxi and even up in the air when I was paragliding I talk with my guide/flyer. I recommend Ecuador if you are just starting your spanish lessons and you are thinking about an exotic country for spanish language course.

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Mulla ja espanjan kielellä ei oo ollu aina hyvää suhdetta. Alotin lukemaan espanjaa kutos luokalla eli 12 vuotiaana, koska mun äidin mielestä mun piti oppia sitä. Vihasin sitä ihan hirveesti aluks eikä sillon tietenkään opi mitään. Kaikki uudet kielioppi jutut oli hirveen vaikeita ja piirtelin siellä tunneilla vaan kukkasia ja sydämiä vihkon täyteen. Jotain sieltä tunneilta kuitenki oli jääny päähän ja sit tuli yks lomamatka Espanjaan, joka muutti kaiken. Olin 14 vuotias ja käyny Espanjassa jo monta kertaa aiemmin, mut en tiedä miks tää yks kerta oli niin merkittävä. Tolla matkalla tuli sellanen fiilis et halusin ymmärtää mitä mulle puhutaan ja et muut ymmärtäis mua. Opinki sillä matkalla hirveesti uusia sanoja ja ku tulin takas suomeen, aloin lukea espanjan kielisiä nuortenlehtiä ja todella kuuntelemaan espanjan kielistä musiikkia.
//Me and spanish haven’t always got so good relationship. I started to study spanish in the sixth grade when I was 12 years old. My mum told me I needed to learn it but I actually hated it first. Everything was hard because I had very bad attitude and no motivation at all. Still I learned something at the classes and then was this one trip (I was 14 years old) to Spain that changed it all. This wasn’t the first time for me in Spain but I have no idea why this trip changed my opinion. In Spain I was struggling with spanish and I really wanted to understand the language and be understood. In that trip I learned so much new words and when I came back to Finland I started to read spanish magazines and to listen to spanish music.
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Koko yläasteen haaveilin lähteväni vaihto-oppilaaks Meksikoon, mut peruin kaikki ihan viime hetkellä (peruin sen toukokuussa ja vuosi Meksikossa ois alkanu elokuussa). Sillä hetkellä tunsin tekeväni hyvän valinnan jäämällä Suomeen mut nyt jälkeenpäin ajatellen olin niin tyhmä kun en lähteny! Toisaalta oisin ihan eri ihminen enkä olis tavannu näitä ihania ja tärkeitä ihmisiä jotka on nyt mun elämässä. Toinen kerta kun hain vaihtoon ja mut hyväksyttiin, oli lukion 2. luokalla. Mun piti lähteä Ecuadoriin vaihtoon abivuodeks, mutta tyhmänä menin sitten perumaan senkin! Oon katunu sitä etten lähteny vaihtoon lähes jokaikinen päivä. Noo, meen sitten yliopistossa tai amk:ssa vaihtoon vuodeks ulkomaille ja koitan muutenki reissata mahdollisimman paljon, koska mun bucketlist on ihan hirveen pitkä! Siitä tulee oma postaus myöhemmin, pysykää kuulolla! :)
//The whole time I was in middle school I was dreaming of excahange year in Mexico but I canceled everything like 2 months before I was supposed to leave..At that time I thought I made a good decision by staying in Finland but now I think that was so stupid! On the other hand I would be totally different person and I haven’t met all these amazing friends here in Finland. When I was in high school I applied again and got accepted to Ecuador but I cancelled everything just like last time… I have regretted that almost everyday since. Well, when I’m in university I will spend a year studying abroad. I will also travel as much as I can because my travel bucketlist is soo long, haha! I will write a post about my travel bucketlist later, stay tuned! :)
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