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Culture Shock

April 03, 2010 By: admin Category: Baseball, Cuenca, Expat Life, NYC, Uncategorized 5 Comments →

Though I didn’t think I would post in here again, I have changed my mind. I’m wiling away a bit of time waiting in the Guayaquil airport for my return to Cuenca. 10 airports and 16 days later…

It had been over 5 years since the last time I was in the US. It is truly different now and so am I. It started in the Atlanta airport. I was amazed the metal detectors in customs are now so sensitive, they picked up my bra underwire and the rivets on my jeans. Next, I realized how strange it looked to see so many tall men everywhere. It took a minute to get out of the habit of speaking Spanish to cashiers and into the habit of flushing toilet paper rather than throwing it in the trash. And then I spotted 2% milk and salt and vinegar potato chips!! Woo Hoo! I drank milk every occasion possible, but only indulged in one (largish) bag of chips.

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Diving in the Galapagos and into memories of the past

June 19, 2009 By: admin Category: Galapagos Diving, NYC, The Galapagos No Comments →

Once upon a time I found this unknown band in Tempe, Arizona called The Gin Blossoms.  Yes, people around town knew them, but that was about it.  I was instantly smitten.  I stuck around Tempe a few days to get to know them better and to see if maybe we might work together.  There was another band from Tucson that had signed to an independent label in NY who were also trying to help them a bit…no longer remember their name.  They had a little local EP at the time and my name was added as their management contact when they produced the next round of those EPs.  And I got to work.  (more…)

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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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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