Author Archives: Kelly & Gayla

Trompo!

Today is the start of competitions in the traditional game of Trompo, which involves spinning a heavy wooden top — a recreational activity and spectator sport enjoyed by young and old alike.  The Trompo Game.  What is needed to play this … Continue reading

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Just A Little Different…

Here’s a few things that we’ve found that took some getting used to… Public transportation and cobblestone roads.…Since we’ve always owned vehicles and driven everywhere we wanted to go, it’s taken some time to get used to taxis and buses.  … Continue reading

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Cost of Living in Cotacachi

Quite a few of our friends have asked us about living expenses in Ecuador.  Here is a realistic picture based on our personal experience… We pay $600 a month rent for a furnished adobe house: 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, … Continue reading

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Hiking Lake Cuicocha

It’s been raining for a week here, and we were getting cabin-fever, so yesterday, when I asked Kelly for suggestions on what to do, he suggested we hike around Laguna de Cuicocha.   Cuicocha is a 2 mile wide caldera and … Continue reading

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San Antonio de Ibarra

We spent a (rainy) Saturday with our new friends from Virginia, Dave Causey & Miriam Weaver, exploring the town of San Antonio which is known for it’s furniture and carvings. We were honored to meet several master craftsman in action.  … Continue reading

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Cascada de Peguche

As we drove up, we saw children coming from the school that is on site here, and we walked down a cobblestone path to get to the waterfall.  Along the way, Rodrigo pointed out a tree that was carved with … Continue reading

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Weaving and Hats: Traditional Arts

Today we were fortunate to meet Rodrigo Flores, a native of Ecuador who speaks almost perfect English and he took us to meet some of the local weavers.  Please take a look at his website if you want to learn … Continue reading

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