Violet Carrillo

Violet is passionate about traveling. She is involved in the liberation of Palestine from Israeli occupation and in trying to close the gap between the genders. Her goals for this year are to learn Spanish and establish a great connection with her host family and environment in Ecuador. Her favorite quote is "The world ends with you. If you want to enjoy life, you need to expand your world."


Happy New Year, but I’m Staying the Same

Hey. As of this moment, we are in a relationship where I don’t know who you are, but you know who I am. Therefore, this is going to proceed in a bit of a formal manner, and I hope that’s alright with you.  So let’s…

01 January, 2016

“Why are you in Ecuador?”

This is the question I’ve been asked everyday for the past two months by many people (including myself,) so I thought I may as well answer it publicly. At least, I will with the answer I have right now, as the reason I am here…

14 October, 2015

The Luxury of Time to Just Think

Last night was such a beautiful night, with a clear sky and a half moon as the only source of light. I was sitting on the mountain grass, facing the valley below me where I could see the lights of the city of Cuenca, and…

27 September, 2015

“Indeed There is Pain When the Spring Buds Burst”

Today is my first day with who is to be my family for the next six months, and I have no idea which words describe how I’m feeling. Last night, as our host families were picking us up one by one, I told someone in…

20 September, 2015

On the Absurd

I find that I have written quite a few blogs that I refuse to post out of simple self-consciousness, but I hope this one will make the cut and actually be posted. Maybe baby steps is the way to go in the publication of my…

17 September, 2015

Live From The Field

I do not know how to start my blog but I will begin by just thanking you for even reading it. I do not know what I will be writing about throughout my year as I do not even know what my year contains, but…

26 August, 2015

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