What Next?

After a successful road trip to the beach, I have been looking forward to our next adventure, which will take us to Las Vegas and Mexico mid-February. The original plan was to stay a week to scope out land in Tulum in a first step to finally set down some roots. Mexico is appealing to…

Road Trippin'

It was the night before our first trip with Mona Lu. So of course, I was running through all the things that could possibly go wrong. Doing what a mom does best. I became obsessed with the statistic set by car seat manufacturers that infants should not be in a car seat for more than…

Baby Poop Face Masks

I fancy myself a bit of a hippie mom. But our pediatrician’s recommendation to slather baby poop on our faces had even me doing a double take. Our soft-spoken doctora launching into a story about another father, who in his eagerness to revel in the benefits of his new arrival’s droppings, spread the green colostrum…

Two Times A Charm

Less than a week after delivering sweet Mona Lu, I’m feeling almost back to normal and better than I have in a long time. After a nasty fall that I never really healed from at the end of my pregnancy and a belly that weighed heavily on my body, I am up and moving again….

The New School of Unschool

The concept of child led learning where their interests determine the direction of their education. So if the kid likes boats. You take them for a ride in the ocean and do your best to surround them with opportunities to delve deeper into their natural inclinations. Still very controversial as a method of teaching, but…

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…

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…