Never wanna leave South America
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I’m currently staying in Canoa, which is a beach surf village in Ecuador. I heard about it through my Godfather, Frans, who lived there for about 5 years. I don’t often see my Godfather because he is always travelling! He’s from Holland and grew up in Africa and just seems to have been all over the place.
But anyway I have been here for 2 weeks and my godfather had told me to go see this guy peter for help for volunteering opps/jobs. Which i did. However I didn’t get much of a welcome, and I had emailed him telling him I was coming and he was like “yehhh come over I’ll help you”… So I was kinda thrown off.
Now as the weeks went by I found a potential job to work at a school and I’ve eaten in peter and his wife’s restaurant and so we’ve just got more aquainted and after week in this town you know most people anyway. However it wasn’t until yesterday, I was invited to a bbq at their house by an American I met. During conversation with Majia (Peter’s wife) I spoke about Frans that they were both like “what!?”. It turned out everyone in the town knew I was Frans’s God daughter except them and although they were expecting me they hadn’t made the connection. It was a big confusion because they get loads of emails everyday and the last one they just thought it was another girl asking for jobs and they always tell them to drop by and so when I turned up they didn’t know it was me. I also don’t think I introduced myself as Frans’s God daughter because I wrongly assumed them to know…!
Anyway they both said they felt absolutely awful because Frans had been emailing them telling them to look after me etc etc. it turns out peter and Frans are bestfriends and when peter and Majia moved to Canoa Frans is the person who helped them. They said they wouldn’t be here without him. Although I hardly see my godfather he had told them about me. It turns out I’m his only goddaughter and as I mentioned he travels a lot and is a bit of a ladies man. He just never settles down so he has no girlfriend and no kids, so I’m literally his only “child” at all. But what was strange is apparently loads of people have asked him to be a godparent but he’s always declined. Saying his rule was only 1. That’s when “Frans life rules” was mentioned.
It turns out he has life rules which he passed on to them in order to survive. Bearing in mind he’s grown up in African streets he knows what he’s talking about. This is when they started apologising again saying they could believe they hadn’t made the connection and left me alone with none of “Frans’ life rules”.
They said they had to tell them to me and I was now their responsibility that Frans has trusted them with. (This sounds more like over protection but it isn’t at all! It’s just guidance which tbf this town doesn’t go amiss with). I was just hearing things about him from them that made me realise I hardly knew my own godfather. Things about him brought tears to my eyes. He had a lot of influence in this town and was well respected. He built a hostal which was guarded by 2 pitbulls. Now when I say guidance in this town is useful, it’s because such things as knowing not to walk on the beach at night could save u from getting raped or mugged by crackheads. (This has happened a lot). Now apparently Frans was the only person who could control these dogs, and he only spoke to them in Dutch so noone else could train them. It turns out that whenever a girl who was staying in his hostal went out at night the pitbulls would flank her and wouldn’t let anyway touch her. He’s the type of person who can win over anybody. He has a way with animals and as Peter said: “he’s the type of person who will have about 50 people from from all over the world at his funeral because he touch that many people worldwide.”
Peter told me to have lunch with him soon and he’ll have a chat about everything and him with me.
Tbh this probably won’t mean anything to you (that’s if you’ve read this far) because it quite personal to me so it means more, but I just wants to share.