My tongue aches to speak/A language not my own.… Read More Maraña
So, this blog, Goodbye USA, Hello Ecuador, is about to run critically short of material.
… Read More Goodbye, “Goodbye”.
The trip to Salinas confirmed that, while the Pacific coast of Ecuador is idyllic and beautiful, it is not the place we want to make our home. We had such a lovely visit to Hotel Playa Canela that we were sorely tempted to stay. However, the general ambience of Salinas was a bit too sedate… Read More The Spirit’s Home, Not the Heart’s
Miles of beautiful Pacific beaches lined with luxury homes and high-rise condominiums greet the eye. Ice cream and sunglass vendors peddle their wares. The malecon is lined with restaurants featuring savory ceviches, sangos, and arroces of octopus, lobster, crab, and fish, in addition to less maritime fare. … Read More Salinas
What This Post is About: I am writing this post in hope of helping others who may experience the same thing I am, and giving information to others who may be considering undertaking the same adventure. Some of the information may be a little bit technical, but what I am aiming for is to distill… Read More Chronic Mountain Sickness: Losing Acclimatization to Moderate Altitude
I had a vision of myself bursting with color, a spring in my step, gradually slimming down as I explored my new home and rebuilt my strength and endurance. It’s not turning out that way.… Read More The Bridge Crosses Both Ways
I lay in bed that night imagining I heard my aorta starting to dissect inside my chest (it’s not good to have too much knowledge of physiology and pathology!)… Read More Ups and Downs
The young people at the language program are giving me a peek into another culture. The program is through a university; these students are studying in college to be doctors and lawyers, nurses, psychologists, and dentists. They are young: 19 or 20, which means the age difference creates a cultural gap in itself. They have… Read More Zombie Groundhog
It is exciting how much they can accomplish here, where the act of helping others has not been regulated out of existence by a professional class of bureaucratic helpers as it has back home.… Read More Compassion
We notice the weeds in the sidewalk, the dogs in the median, the graffiti in the alley, the baby in the sling.… Read More Not To Drive