Category Archives: Ecuador

Ecua-Volley, more than just a game

The crowd packed into the stands, and shuffled for standing room on the sidelines. Six unlikely, athletes took their places on the volleyball court (no uniforms required), and the challengers served up the soccer ball. The crowd was silent. Worn … Continue reading

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Disculpen!

(Excuse us!) It’s been a while since our last post. We’ve been quite busy, actually. We have more to post soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share some of the funny names (at least, funny to an American) … Continue reading

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Part 8: Mind your Manners

Social customs and manners are different in this country, naturally. It is at times exasperating to navigate them, and you have to remind yourself that Ecuadoreans DO have manners and etiquette – sometimes very formal and prescribed – but they’re … Continue reading

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For Want of Blueberry Muffins

Homemade Blueberrie and Raspberry muffins

Homemade Blueberry and Raspberry muffins

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A ‘Super’ Market

Supermarkets are a relatively new phenomenon in Ecuador. You can now find them dotting major urban areas. SuperMaxi, the more Wal-Mart-styled MegaMaxi, and the less popular Mi Comisariato are all reminiscent of grocery chains in the U.S. (though with a … Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Path

This weekend we took quite a road trip. From Quito we went south along the Pan-American highway and then we turned west and drove though the sort of no man’s land of Ecuador. There are still some very rural parts … Continue reading

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Welcome to Quito, Part 6: ‘Whining’ and dining

Quito has some very good restaurants, at least if you A: prefer Ecuadorean food or B: don’t mind spending a lot of money. We have eaten at some of the fanciest joints in Quito: The food is exceptional, and the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Quito, Part 5: Food

Well, I talked about the beer. Now let’s talk about food. Way up in the Andes, some crops grow better than others. But what grows well up here isn’t always the kind of thing an American craves to eat. The … Continue reading

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Welcome to Quito, Part 4: Beer

Several of my buddies have asked me about the beer situation in Ecuador (I love it that this is what my friends consider to be important). If you are into quirky imports and microbrews, the situation is grim. But if … Continue reading

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Welcome to Quito, Part 3: Crime

Many have asked, so here it is: Crime is a problem in Quito, but not unlike anywhere else. Theft and robbery are the two things you have to worry about the most, which is no surprise in a country with … Continue reading

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