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…

Theatrical Street Performances

The images that I captured from the festivals over the weekend are not everything that I was hoping for. The event was beautiful and captivating, but I simply was not prepared for the shooting conditions. I can’t help it but to explain that I am just a novice at photography and I still have so,…

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…

The Rustic Lighthouse of San Jacinto

We love to visit this small light beacon that rests on a rocky shore in another fishing village just south of where we live. The best part of it, in my opinion, is that is appears to be a bit neglected in appearance. This could be totally false, as I now understand how destructive the…

The Sky is the NOT the Limit

When it comes to self directed learning, there are no limits. Days like these are what make our choices worth it. When we allow the imaginations of children to blossom, beautiful things happen. This is what “Unschooling” is about. Letting our children decided for themselves what is interesting and what is not. It encourages self…

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…

The Most Sinful Dish of All

There is a small village called Nanegalito that rests in the Andes Mountains, about half way between the top and bottom. The charming streets and colorful people lured us into the rhythm of their life. We couldn’t resist the aromas of this happy little place, and we stopped for lunch when lunch wasn’t due! Cooked…

Exploring a Secret Beach on Ecuador’s Central Coast

La Boca is a place just a few miles south of where we live in San Clemente, Ecuador. We love to take a journey to this little secret beach that lies in the crook of the San Jacinto River and the Pacific Ocean. While only miles away, we feel like we have been transported to…

123 Species of Hummingbirds in Ecuador

It’s no big surprise that we see tributes to the hummingbird everywhere we go in Ecuador, especially so in the capital city of Quito. The very diverse, artistic culture in the country loves to give extra focus on arguably the most beautiful bird in the world. The image of the hummingbird has been used for…

Standing on the Equator Means Being in Two Places at Once

Have you ever missed somebody so much, that you wished you could just reach across the distance to grab them by the hand? Or have you ever wished that you could be in two places at once? When you’re standing on the Equator, anything is possible! Just outside of Quito, you can stand on the…

Celebrating the Copper Virgin

Festival de La Virgen de la Cobre: The Festival of the Copper Virgin Earlier in the month of September, we had the pleasure of experiencing a colorful cultural event in our current home town. San Clemente is a small fishing village of approximately 2,000 people located on the central coast of the Manabi Province. The…