I noticed that people on the streets were living in poverty. The poverty I witnessed was very disturbing. Men were peeing on the streets, a huge pig that was recently slaughtered was being carried by several men through the streets and there were others staggering around who appeared to be very drunk.
Also, I saw children walking around selling anything and everything they had. I was devastated and I couldn’t be more thankful for my life in America.
But I was also shocked because everyone seemed to be staring at me.
My trip really got me thinking. Do you think the Ecuadorians were staring at us because they were being critical or just curious? Perhaps they were wishing they could be like us?
Do you think that Americans can be selfish and sometimes forget how lucky they are to live in a developed country? I noticed that there was income disparity in Ecuador. Do you think that capitalism can help these people living in poverty and maybe change their lives?
Do you think Americans look at foreigners like they are different…or like they don’t belong?
The Horse Freak
Image retrieved from http://www.careinternational.org.uk/image.php?id=2232 on February 29, 2008.