Hitting Close To Home

After more than a week of restrictive movement due to the protests, my family and I decided to venture just a little outside our square mile bubble that included a few local stores and friend’s houses. We had a short list. Run over to Nate’s uncle’s house in Tumbaco about fifteen minutes away for a…

Kill Them With Kindness

Ellen Degeneres recently sparked a nationwide dialogue about kindness and accepting people who think and feel differently than us after a photo of her chumming it up with former President George W. Bush went viral. A message I’m all for.  But a point that she and the many people backing her are seriously missing.  Yes,…

Rich People Privilege

I guess that’s what happens in an expat facebook group. But still. The amount of rich people privilege I’ve seen in response to the protests across Ecuador is shocking. You would think that people living in a nation that has poverty beyond their wildest beliefs would have sympathy for the poor. Many don’t. If not…

And The Beat Goes On

It was one of the most moving things I’ve seen in awhile. So long I can’t even remember when I felt this way. The road filled end-to-end with indigenous people making the trek from deep within the mountains all the way to Quito to protest the recent increase in fuel prices. And when I say…

Riot Acts

Ecuador declares a state of emergency following protests and strikes as a result of an increase in gas prices, alongside a number of other economic reforms that will have sweeping effects on the working class. Videos of tires burning in the streets. People throwing rocks. Crowds chanting. Running wildly with arms full of loot. Huge…

Kill And Be Killed

Two mass shootings in a matter of hours. One in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart shopping complex. Killing at least twenty people, injuring dozens more. And another in the wee hours of the morning in Dayton, Ohio. Nine dead. Twenty-six wounded. The motive for the 21-year-old white man from Texas being obscured in the…

No Such Thing As Sides

The other day, Trump told some minority members of Congress to “Go back to where they came from.” Skyrocketing his approval numbers. Prompting me to share this on my Facebook page: Go back to where you came from. Can’t really get anymore juvenile or ignorant than than that. Is he going to start pulling up…

Happy-ish Holidays

Today is the Fourth of July. I spent last night preparing a giant pasta salad for a BBQ and will soon start loading up the car with sunscreen, towels and pool floats to enjoy the day with friends. But it’s hard for me to truly feel proud of my country. Immigrant children living in cages….

Red, White People and Blue

Elections are around the corner, and with that the Democratic Party campaigns are heating up. And it’s not pretty. Since I moved to Ecuador, I have made a conscious effort to reevaluate my role in United States politics. Mainly, how emotionally invested I’m willing to be. While also assessing ways in which I can be…

Muy Ocupado

When people ask why we moved to Ecuador. One of the first things that always comes out of our mouths is la vida tranquila. Life is busy in Los Angeles. Anywhere in the United States, for that matter. The hustle is part of the culture. The basis at this point. Fueling Capitalism in the exact…