Last year when I was visiting Ecuador, I spent a week in the Galapagos Islands. Known for being an archipelago full of exotic animals such as sea lions, giant turtles, marine and land iguanas, blue footed boobies, penguins, frigate birds, and hammerhead sharks, just to name a few, the Galapagos can’t […]
A few weeks ago, I was back in the States for some travel conferences and also to spend some time with my family. My father’s 70th birthday is coming up in October and we celebrated a bit early, because we could get the whole family together. It was a great […]
On the corner of my street in Cuenca, there’s a family of four who sit on the kerb each day. They’re entertainers, looking for small change; father and mother juggle for the cars that are stopped, momentarily, by the traffic lights, while the two children, little more than babies, play […]
From Bridge Jumping in Banos, Ecuador Nothing like jumping off a bridge for fun and excitement. This photo was taken from the bridge immediately across the way as I jumped off.
Generally, I’ve been pretty depressed by the state of coffee in South America. It is strange to me that there are excellent coffee growing regions all around – Brazil and Columbia in particular – but they still serve crap, instant coffee in so many places. When I took a coffee plantation tour in Panama, the tour guide referred to the low quality coffee beans drying on the ground (with stems, leaves and so on mixed in with them) as “Nescafe beans.”
I was going to walk around the old town in Quito today, sightsee and take some pictures, but as I didn’t go to sleep last night until about 4 a.m., after a completely unexpected night at a discothèque with some new friends last night, I’m tired, hungry and slightly hung […]