Lured by the Jewel of the Andes

I sat up in the stillness of the night, taking in a deep breath of the brisk, tonic air. The moon seeped through the clouds, sending a glow across the curtain of condensation that clung to the windows. I watched as one tiny sliver of rain lost its footing and slid down the glass like the last drop of mercury in the atmosphere.

Cautiously, quietly, I moved closer to the door, careful not to wake anyone. Silently, I pressed my finger in a tiny circle against the pane. Peering through the eyelet, I gazed onto streets pooled with water dimpled by the rings of carefully laid cobblestone. I took in the simple muddy hovels with dried grass roofs and cozy wooden benches that glowed turquoise in the moonlight.

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The village of Quilotoa

I smiled to myself knowingly with the understanding of an artist. The vibrant, misplaced benches were a subtle hint at what lay beyond. I wondered to myself how many steps beyond the truck it would take to reach the trails of the Quilotoa Lagoon. We had arrived just after nightfall, following a tortuous but beautiful detour from the coast.

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44 Replies to “Lured by the Jewel of the Andes”

  1. Just amazing. I’ve been going through your blog posts, and it inspires me so much to write. I think there’s a tiny bit of wanderlust hidden in the soul of every human. Reading this blog opens it from the depths of my soul. Thanks a ton. Keep writing and inspiring everyone πŸ™‚

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    1. What a beautiful sentiment and compliment you have offered, thank you very much for offering your reflections. I am honored to have inspired you and I genuinely give you my best wishes in finding your voice! To travel and write is something very special indeed πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much! I am not so sure that I am courageous, just crazy perhaps! πŸ˜€ We had honestly never given much thought to long term travel, it just sort of evolved after we moved abroad. When you made the move without an intention to return “home”, it is somehow enticed us to understand what home is for other people in the world. To find that perspective does require us to slow down and delve deeper into a culture. The experience then become something more than what a tourist sees. I highly recommend doing it, if you can, and emphatically encourage anyone to do so with a child. Children have an incredible way of helping us to see and understand things that just are not visible from the perspective of an adult.We have gained infinitely more from our children in these experiences that we ever would have on our own!

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      1. I guess one of the challenges we face is that me and the husband have such different travel personalities. I like to explore , he likes to relax. I tend to be stressed about making sure we get the most done. That balance is hard. And now with our daughter I think it will make it harder. Not sure if I’m overthinking it.

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      2. I do think that the best travel experiences, at least for us…are only very loosely planned. We pick a place but never set a pace or make a list of must-sees. We do our best to let our senses guide us in the moment, the experiences tend to be richer that way. If you have a need to plan, do it. Research it, map it, schedule it…whatever you need to get yourself through the prep jitters. But, be willing to let it go and live in the moment, and rely on it when it seems like everything it about to hit the fan πŸ™‚ Remember that travel and exploration don’t have to be stressful or jam packed. Try a slower paced or extended travel if possible to be able to get a good mix of chill time and paced adventure time. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! For us, there was just simply no way around bringing our dogs. We struggled with the decision for months, as every single recommendation was simply to re-home them when we moved abroad. Our dogs are our first children, both of whom were adopted. We have always taken them everywhere and spent our full days together with them. In our situation, to separate would have been heartbreaking for all involved. We have been very lucky that both of them had adapted very well to our new life, and even seem to enjoy traveling as much as we do. And now, their presence greatly shapes our future destinations. It is not always easy, but it usually rewarding to search the world for the places that will love and accept our dogs the most!

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  2. Home is where your beloved ones and your spirit are at ease, joyful and in peace. This is the feeling I have by my first reading of your post.
    I’m a fellow blogger from Italy, following your blog from now on.
    Warm hugs, Vicky.
    p.s. hope my english is not so bad… πŸ™‚

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  3. Your adventure sounds as wonderful and amazing as the story you tell of it. Really, you are a beautiful writer. You share in an way that paints a most alluring and vivid picture. Your kids (and dogs) are so lucky to get to have an adventure most only dream about. From one artist to another, thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I have said before, to another reader… that I try to tell through my words, what it is like to view the world as an artist. To hear that I have achieved this, especially from a fellow artist, is one of the most rewarding aspects of making my writing public. Thank you for enjoying my blog and for the beautiful feedback.

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  4. Great adventure in Ecuador!
    We are also a family abroad…unfortunately not expat (no “expat” working advantages, but just local employed)…and in a quite more “traditional” country! πŸ™‚
    Buena suerte!

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    1. We always love to connect with other travel families, regardless of their location or of the circumstances that bring them abroad. We all have something to learn from eachother and surely have some of the same experiences! Thank you so much for stopping by to say Hi!

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  5. Love your blog! You’re getting us excited for our trip to South America We’re spending 2 months travelling around South America and plan to visit the Andes. Great content, really inspiring πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad you have enjoyed our blog. How exciting for you to enjoy some time in South America. When will you be touring the continent and where do you plan to visit?

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