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Ecuador’s Cotacachi, Cuy, Otavalo and Skye, Scotland photos

July 19, 2008 By: admin Category: 9-11, Art & Culture, Artesania, Cuenca, Customs & Culture, Dogs, Ecuador, Expat Life, Learning Spanish, NYC, Shopping, The Cajas 1 Comment →

Been a little busy here folks. Went away to Quito (again) for a week and went up to Cotacachi and Otavalo for the weekend. Had no time to do anything but work and sleep in Quito, but had a wonderfully relaxing weekend in Cotacachi…I even left my computer in Quito so I wouldn’t be tempted. Must get some photos so you can see for yourself. Cotacachi, about 2 hours north of Quito, sits right in the center of two huge extinct volcanoes, Cotacachi and Imbabura. Pretty amazing views when the clouds let you have a peak. (more…)

Sunday Almuerzo in Ecuador

June 02, 2008 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Artesania, Cuenca, Customs & Culture, Eating & Drinking, Ecuador, Expat Life, Learning Spanish, NYC No Comments →

Yesterday, I was invited to have lunch with an Ecuadorian family. It was quite an experience for me as we spent roughly 4 hours together between lunch and conversation afterwards…in Spanish. While quite a bit of time was dedicated to American politics, quite a bit of time was also dedicated to discussing various events and tragedies in various powerful families in Cuenca. (more…)

Top 20 Reasons I like Cuenca

April 07, 2008 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Artesania, Cuenca, Eating & Drinking, Ecuador, Expat Life, Grocery Shopping, NYC, Politics, Shopping 2 Comments →

In no particular order:
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Living in Cuenca 4

November 03, 2007 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Cuenca, Ecuador, Learning Spanish No Comments →

From the first time I visited Cuenca and even more so now, it felt/feels far more like being in a European city than being in Latin America. It’s not just the cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, the abundance of shops and boutiques in town, the large malls, the many suburbs nor modern condos. There’s something else I can’t quite capture in words yet, but sure do feel inside where words are meaningless. (more…)

The Eagle Has Landed with Gallery

November 16, 2005 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Birds, Bitch, Bitch, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Posts with Galleries No Comments →

And no, I’m not talking about Bush’s visit last week. Isn’t that what they call Air Force One? I’m being literal. Honestly, sometimes life in Casco Viejo seems to fall into that category of ‘who could invent this stuff?’ And everytime, something rich unfolds, it just feels like this little part of the universe is something more special than most.
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Urban Nature, Art and Death

September 16, 2005 By: admin Category: 9-11, Art & Culture, Casco Viejo, Humidity, Kunas, La Cresta, NYC No Comments →

All my life, I have longed to live where I have both views of mountains and sea. That dream has finally come true. Yesterday, I walked across Calle Segundo and right into that wide open view of Paitilla. It seemed like a different world merely two blocks away. The view of the city evokes such a different internal energy than the view facing Amador where the mountains of Veracruz, the Bridge of the Americas and the greenery of the Canal banks dominate where there isn’t sea. Fortunately, none of the green is close enough to cause a mildew plague, yet is close enough to create a lovely, peaceful view. Now that’s my kind of green. I have come to associate greenery with intolerable humidity and mildew, nice to visit, lovely to look at, but I don’t want to live in it. (more…)

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