To Beach Or Not To Beach

I don’t know if it’s because I’m nine months pregnant and stir crazy. Or if it’s just that time again. For a new adventure. After over two years in the valley outside of Quito and in our third house, my husband and I have been talking seriously about moving to the beach. We’re beach people…

Cleaning House

Call it nesting, but my latest home project had me attacking our cleaning products with a vengeance looking for all-natural, sustainable and low-waste ways to keep mi casa fresh. First up, the holy grail. These are the products I use on a daily basis. An all-purpose cleaner that I make by soaking oranges in white…

The Fall

It was something I should have been looking out for. That this one time, I didn’t. Water that had spilled out of the dog’s bowl and off the rubber mat onto the slick tile floor. I hurriedly reached for the swinging door to the living room when my feet flew out from underneath me. Hands…

The Calm Between The Storms

A week after negotiations and everything in Ecuador is back to normal. In fact, it ended almost as abruptly as it began. The government agreed to repeal the decree that increased the fuel price, and so far a personal and corporate income tax has been proposed for the wealthy as an alternative to pay back…

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…

The Battle Of The Breakfasts

Our two favorite weekday places are La Bakery and SuperFoods. La Bakery, which is just off Orellana near the square, is famous for it’s eggs benedict. Not a dish you typically find in Ecuador. Executed perfectly. The egg is always runny. The hollandaise buttery and smooth. It’s expensive as far as food tends to be…