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Ecuador and Italy: looking at churches

The old churches in Europe are masterpieces in architecture and art – as well as a fascinating historical glimpse back. Still, we limited our visits to a few here and there for a reason, particularly in Italy. We were appalled … Continue reading

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A case of mistaken identity (and other food adventures in Ecuador)

We planned to plunge right in and cook in the AirBnB apartment where we’re staying in the old city of Cuenca, Ecuador. With a little trepidation, we had decided to buy food as much as possible in our neighborhood mercado … Continue reading

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Playing with Art

On our travels we don’t go looking for art on our daily walks, and yet somehow it has a way of popping up where we least expect it. One of the reasons we have enjoyed our stay in Cuenca, Ecuador … Continue reading

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Changing focus: an outing in Cuenca

We’ve learned something important: if a plan doesn’t work exactly as hoped, then be ready to quickly adapt. The wonder is that often we are quite happy (or happier!) with the new plan. We’d read about the largest park in … Continue reading

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Think outside the camera box

Travel makes you want to take great photos. Consider stepping up your game and trying something new. On a lazy day in Cuenca, as it rained outside, we used our inside time for another lesson in how to better use … Continue reading

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The 7-day celebration in Cuenca (to see how many sweets can you eat?)

“No school Friday,” announced our Spanish teacher. A holiday to celebrate…how nice! We turned to the web and read up on which holiday it could be. The Battle of Pichincha, marking Quito’s independence from Spain is celebrated on May 24th. … Continue reading

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Rain or climb?

Did we already say that Cuenca is at 8,350’? After a few weeks here, we felt nearly acclimatized, but we knew we weren’t quite there yet. How could we tell? Every day the online weather forecast showed rain clouds for … Continue reading

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The Final Decision

For us, making a big decision (for us) requires information, thought, and discussion. We’d been talking about buying a Panama hat for Joe for the last year (yes, the whole year) as we planned our trip to Ecuador. Now the … Continue reading

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The real deal

Joe loves hats. He wears one every day. His walking-around hat is one he picked up in the Kyoto airport at the start of our round-the-world trip 3 years ago. For cooler days, he purchased a beret in Barcelona. But … Continue reading

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Plane or bus?

When you love to travel, the next destination is already occupying your thoughts. In your mind, you’ve leapt forward and are already on your way, wondering what it’ll be like, what to pack, anticipating problems getting there… And this is … Continue reading

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