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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…)

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…)

Anybody Home?

August 29, 2005 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Expat Life, Learning Spanish, NYC, Speculation No Comments →

It’s almost September 1. And I thought I knew where I was moving. Hmmmm… (more…)

Poco a Poco

April 15, 2005 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Learning Spanish No Comments →

So much has been going on and I haven’t been sharing it with anyone, not even doing any personal journaling these days. But I did have such a pleasant experience tonight. I got out of my work day, grabbed my new camera, took a couple shots off the balcony and then started unpacking my things that finally got here by boat. Errr….ship. YES! I have my paintings. Now, if I could just figure out how to open a 197 pound crate for my 3 most beloved ones.



March 05, 2005 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Dry Season, Humidity, Insects, Learning Spanish, Manana Culture, NYC, Noise, Real Estate No Comments →

Well, it feels akin to that in-between hair stage on this board right now. There are lots of things happening in the neighborhood, but I’m not well enough informed to actually write about any of it.

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