Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 7

Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 7


VIM Teams

3/7/2013

Day 7 – Hetheru Shango
Today is the day we have all been looking forward to, the day we go into the hot springs.  We were less than a five-minute walk from the hotel in Baños.  When we get to the place, we find out that the girls have to wear shower caps in the water.  I was planning to get my whole head wet and just lay back.  When we saw the area where the hot spring was, everybody was turned off.  It was a good amount of people in the warm springs and the hot spring.  The water looked dirty because the surface was yellowish brown.  The pool’s water was the only thing that looked clean because the surface was blue.  We all put our stuff in bins and checked them in.
Afterwards we went to the warm springs because we thought the hot springs was too hot.  We stayed in there until it felt cold to us, then we went to the hotter water.  Stepping in there, all I repeated was, “This is beautiful. This feels like heaven.”  Some of us only had hot water in the shower and we were all sore from working, so the hot water felt wonderful.  It was like a Jacuzzi without the pipes blowing bubbles.  The temperature of the water was 112ËšF. I expected it to be in the middle of two mountains, where we would have to walk through the woods to get there.  I expected the surface to be rocks.  It looked like a community outdoor pool.  From the hotter water we jumped into the pool.  Some people decided to take the steps.  The way I saw it, I cooled off from the hotter water then jumped in so I could feel it all at once.  It was freezing!!! As soon as I got in I came right out.  We repeated the cycle, warm water, hot water then cold water.  The second time I went into the pool I was expecting to take a swim.  Once again I jumped into the water.  After 20 seconds the water was freezing so I got out.
By this time it was time to start getting ready to go.  I went back in the hot springs until Breanna got our bin. The hot springs was the most relaxing thing during the entire trip.