Vegetarian is not even word in the Ecuadorian dictionary. The people here have never heard of such a thing and quite shocked and confused by the concept. Yet, they think us "gringas" (americans) are crazy for not wanting to eat Cuy (Guinea Pig) or Perro (dog). We respond with " We don't eat our pets."
Today we went to a community we have never worked with before and they were so excited and so appreciative to have us there. They made us lunch to show their gratitude and I was worried that it would be cooked guinea pig because that is their delicacy. They told us it was chicken and that we could pick it out of we wanted to, which was so kind of them. I thought I could handle chicken until they brought out the first course. It was soup... chicken foot and throat soup! When I took the foot out of my bowl I was so disturbed that I had a hard time trying to eat the left-over broth. Worst part: Watching my co-workers eat it clean off the bone.
The people were so kind to offer us such an amazing meal but I honestly could not come to grips with the fact that there were feet and a throat in my soup bowl.
Luckily the dessert was an incredible vanilla cake with whipped cream and fruit topping. I ate two pieces to make up for not eating the soup:)