Living on the Edge: Life After One Year in Ecuador

“You shouldn’t go,” they said. But, we went anyway. “This is crazy, they pleaded”. But, we had heard that before. “We will miss you,” they cried. And they do. We miss them, too. It has been one year since we packed up our cozy life in wintry, Iowa to trade it in for something new….

Salty Kisses and Starlight Wishes

We lay together in the inky, cobalt darkness beneath the freckled twilight sky. Our backs pressed to the plush sandy blanket beneath the golden mountains of San Clemente, Ecuador. As close as we could possibly be, cheek to cheek against our tangled mess of sea- breeze teased hair. My little ones and me. Only two…

I Say Zapatos, You Say Zapotes

So it happens that I have come to find a certain fondness for one particular fruit stand over the rest. It certainly isn’t one anyone else would notice. Especially not in this region of Ecuador; where every imaginable dusty street corner is home to one. And then some.  Fruit is everywhere here and I am…

Raising Cinderella

This is the longest I have ever gone without writing since this blog began. The time swept by in one fell sweep, carrying me seamlessly from one year into the next. Yet tangling me in too many projects to keep up with them all. The sudden rush of chaos had nothing to do with chasing…

Christmas in Coastal Ecuador

We knew Christmas would be different this year. We just didn’t think it would be quite like this. After months on end of watching every American holiday come to pass with little acknowledgement or recognition, I had honestly begun to lose all hope of a memorable Christmas. Especially after Halloween and Day of the Dead,…

Christmas Tree Surprise!

In November, the wonderful village of San Clemente put on an appreciation dinner for all of the expats who live in the area!  I never would have expected something like this. In the nicest way I can possibly say it, this village does not have very much to give, but what they have they give…

Fun For A Good Cause

  Thank you once again, San Clemente, Ecuador for providing a local experience that curated lasting memories! We just can’t get enough of the party-for-anything mentality. Lately, every weekend has felt like a holiday and we have been enjoying every ounce of the festivities. Much of the time, we honestly have no idea what the…

9 Months Abroad: Living the Good Life

As the pages flip past on the calendar, like the images in old cartoons, we look at the dates as if we’ve been suspended in time. In many ways our assimilation into a new life and culture has been so encompassing, that we could have forgotten the rest of the world existed. Although to some,…

Beach Braids

Last weekend we finally had the chance to meet up with the lovely gal that braids our hair for us. We don´t this ALL the time, but I think it’s the 4th or 5th we’ve had them in now. We already had plans for a beach day with the other expat kids, so we invited…

A Different Kind of Fishing

When we first moved to San Clemente, we were quite excited about the concept of fishing everyday. All four of us fell in love with the sport two summers ago on the pond of our previous acreage. Some of the hardest things to sell when we left, were our paddle boat and fishing poles. Well, needless…

Hate to Burst Your Bubble: The Truth About Expat Life

The truth is Expat Life is not as dazzling at it tends to appear. Yes, we are experiencing a wide range of cultural phenomenon. We enjoy unique cuisine and interesting folklore and tradition. And there is no doubt that we never would have found these things in our home of origin. But, we are STILL…

The Magic in A Milk Truck

Sometimes the culture in Ecuador is nostalgic and magical. While driving down through the Andes, we came upon this old fashioned looking milk truck carrying metal milk cans. I certainly have never seen anything like this before, not even in rural Iowa over the past 30 plus years. It reminded me of the days that…