Ecuador: Eating our way through Cuenca

Ecuador: Eating our way through Cuenca

In my last posting about Canoa and the food in Ecuador, it was obvious we weren’t impressed with the food scene. Although we were grateful for some of the more serious restaurants that we found in Quito, and sprinkled up-and-down the coast, most of them (owned and ran by expats) were expensive and offered the … Continue reading

Ecuador: La Ruta del Sol

Ecuador: La Ruta del Sol

After three weeks in Montanita, Brandon and I decided it was time to explore new places. Montanita was a good place for us to relax, become more comfortable in our new environment, meet fun and interesting people, start to learn Spanish and eat a lot of good food. What we liked most were the days … Continue reading

Ecuador: Semana Santa (Holy Week)

Ecuador: Semana Santa (Holy Week)

Learning something new can be a challenge. Our environment in which we learn plays a critical role in how we react; and our expectations of ourselves can be overwhelming.  Being in a relaxed and positive state of mind – along with a good instructor, anything is possible. With Brandon’s encouragement and instruction, I surfed on … Continue reading

Ecuador: Four days in Quito

Ecuador: Four days in Quito

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, sits high at about 9,200 ft and is spread between the country’s Andean valley and volcanic peaks. Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre is known as one of the world’s most dangerous airports because of its location in the middle of northern Quito and its very narrow landing strip. After 22 hours and … Continue reading

No phone phobia?

No phone phobia?

No, not really. Brandon and I put our relationships with our Smartphone’s on hold. Since then we decided to change some of our hardwired habits, which include our dependency on technology, for true adventure, relaxation, clarity, and waves – and to get our “hands dirty” with aid projects and organizations we will be visiting along … Continue reading

Packing everything but the kitchen sink

Packing everything but the kitchen sink

Imagine packing your entire life in about 4,000 cubic inches. You might say that’s close to impossible. I sure did. I had no idea packing for a year abroad would be this difficult. Carrying the Osprey Women’s Aura 65 backpack – designed specifically for warmer climates – I could only pack 35-50 pounds of clothing … Continue reading

¡Adiós Amigos!

¡Adiós Amigos!

It’s time. Finally. Brandon and I have been preparing for this trip for a long time. During the last two years we downsized, we sold everything we owned, quit our nine-to-five jobs and realized how much money we could save by living with my parents. Wow! We did it. Thank you friends and family for helping us … Continue reading