Praise to the Penny, and a coincidental dollar.


Is there a correlation? I’ve been enamored with Ecuador currency situation since I’ve arrived. Of course I knew that the official currency was the dollar, but what I’d didn’t really understand was about the coins. Ecuadorian centavos (coins) bear the numeric value along with the value spelled out in spanish, and the words Banco Central delContinue reading “Praise to the Penny, and a coincidental dollar.”

Monkeying around in Misahualli


When we first entered town, heading straight for the zocalo, I was immediately distracted. I thought I saw a monkey just run past me, snatch a soda from a kid, open the bottle and  attempt to drink the contents. I say attempt, because figuring out how to hold the bottle of soda right and notContinue reading “Monkeying around in Misahualli”

How’s the Spanish you ask?


Lets not talk about it. It so sad, actually it’s laziness! That’s what I’ll call it.  I said it out loud, just pointed the finger at myself.  Here’s why my spanish is still horribly wrong after driving through Mexico, Central and now South America, about six months. Here’s a scenario, other than saying to theContinue reading “How’s the Spanish you ask?”

This Ecuadorian Life


These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and exploring Ecuador. From the Pacific coast, the Andes and down into the jungles of the Amazon, we’ve been smitten with this country. Cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcanoes, Banos volunteering, the Galapagos Islands, we’ve covered a lot of ground. It’s hard to say what’s been theContinue reading “This Ecuadorian Life”

Ecuador. Diverse, spectacular and awe inspiring.


I don’t want to bore you with a long story for now. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Of course I’ll follow up with a story you’ll not want to miss about our trek from the Amazon,  climbing Chimboroza and taking the “Nariz de Diablo” all in a few days. This Ecuadorian Life!