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…

A High Maintenance Kind of Week

I wish I could say that Darwin has adjusted with flying colors his first week of school. But it’s been tough. Not in an obvious sort of way. But woven throughout the day with different, but nonetheless strong indicators of a child who is overwhelmed. Like meal time. When he says he doesn’t like what’s…

A No Good Terrible Morning

First day at a new school. First bus ride ever. We had been prepping for this day for awhile. Slowly building up in frequency the discussions on his next step as the days neared. He was scared. And didn’t want to go. That much was clear as he reiterated his desire to stay at the…

Full-Time Mom

Hey, it’s been awhile. I’ve been full-time mom’ing it for the last month and to be honest. It’s been awesome. Not that it isn’t hard as shit sometimes. But with school starting tomorrow, I feel sad. Because over the last month, our connection has grown even stronger. The way in which we communicate hitting a…

Traumatic Birth Stories

I recently read an article about a trend in women sharing traumatic birth stories. And it got me thinking about my own. With the impending birth of my second child, it’s something I find myself talking about more and more. But with ease. For the first time ever. Glossing over some of the more painful…

Isabela Island

Isabela Island is the largest island in the Galapagos, but home to only a population of just over 2,000 people. Compared to Santa Cruz, which houses more than 12,000 permanent residents. Which is exactly what we were looking for. Remote. Peaceful. A place where we could immerse ourselves in the wild. DAY 1 We arrived…