Posts made in December, 2013

Sharing a Smile

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Sharing a Smile

One thing you can never get tired of is  a genuine smile.  In Cotacachi I run across many who smile sincerely and easily .  The boys in this photo were participating in a parade, but as soon as they saw my camera they want to be captured and ‘hammed it up’ for me. Even though they were clowning just a bit, they are an example of something I like a lot about living in this part of Ecuador — a level of openness and willingness to connect with you.  Of course, not everyone smiles all of the time; but in general you will be met with many friendly faces daily instead of people who look away as you approach or try to avoid catching your eye as they walk by.  It would be completely unrealistic and untrue to say that life in Ecuador is all smiles and no problems; however, the tone of life here is far more easy going and welcoming than most North Americans are used...

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Pancakes: Take Two

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Pancakes: Take Two

Have you seen this man before?  If you have been following my blog, you have.  This is Santiago the wonderful chef at Solid Rock Restaurant. Santiago and owner Dan have graciously consented to give up their Sunday morning to hold a second benefit breakfast for the La Calera community water irrigation project this coming Sunday. The man makes great pancakes.  They are big and fluffy and flavorful and like last time they will be accompanied by tropical and subtropical fruits in a  lovely salad.  We’ll have plain and blueberry pancakes and the option of bacon for those who enjoy it, plus your choice of coffee or hot chocolate.  It will be yummy, but even better it will help raise additional funds so that our neighbors in La Calera will soon be moving forward to complete irrigation project that will make a huge difference in their lives.  ...

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Visiting Inka Tambo on Thanksgiving

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Visiting Inka Tambo on Thanksgiving

A whole week has passed since Thanksgiving, and I hope you had a truly happy day.  I know I did.  I was invited to have Thanksgiving dinner with a tour group of people thinking about relocating to Ecuador. My friend Sarah Dettman brings tours through Cotacachi several times a year and this tour happened to include the Thanksgiving holiday.  Since I am an alumnus of the tour (back in spring of 2012 called Ecuador Crash Course and now called Ecuador Expat Journeys) I got invited to go along with the group to Inka Tambo in the Peguche area.  During the times of Incan leaders, runners used to take turns transporting various items from the coast to the highlands.  Seafood was one of the desired goods, and could be delivered from the coast within a span of 10 hours with runners exchanging the goods at special stations known as tambos. Upon arrival at Inka Tambo, I was surprised to recognize the place and the shaman who lives there along with his extended family and others. I flashed back to a photo of myself standing next to him on the path to Peguche Falls on a previous trip to Ecuador.  A huge shelter was beautifully set with colorful woven runners and place settings.  Inside, musicians played lovely music on flute and harp.  The fellow you see sitting at the loom gave us a demonstration on how he works.  The sun was high and as you can see I am not quite good enough with the camera to know how to handle such a high contrast shot, but you get the idea and hopefully the feeling of what  nice sunny day it was. We had quite a feast of turkey, cuy (roasted guinea pig), potatoes corn, salad, cranberry sauce, dressing, chochos (crunchy roasted corn kernels), pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Afterwards those who wished received a ritual cleansing from the shaman which drew out any negative energies around us. It was unlike any other Thanksgiving experience I’d ever had, and I will remember it with gratitude for years to come....

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