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Taking The Bus From Guayaquil To Máncora, Peru. Or, How I Happily Avoided Ever Visiting Guayaquil While In Ecuador.



One evening while enjoying dinner in Canoa, Ecuador at the Surf Shack I could not help but overhear a conversation taking place at the bar. A man was speaking to another man about his experiences in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Both men were Gringos, as this is an important thing to note given where the conversation was […]

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The Gringo Restaurants In Banos, Ecuador Failed Me



There is a level of excitement that occurs when you reach a new destination and find it is filled with gringo restaurants. Eating the local fare is a requirement when traveling, but having a hamburger that is similar to what you would find at home is heavenly after months on the road. Even more so […]

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Welcome To Mindo, Ecuador …Jeans, Leggings, T-Shirt, Socks, And My Sweater



The Flowers Bloom In Mindo, Ecuador

It only took seven hours by non-airconditioned bus, but I have arrived in Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo is known as the cloud forest of Ecuador. It is a luscious forest, where everything is green, the birds are constantly chirping, and the hummingbirds, especially, enjoy their time buzzing to an fro for the delight of the lucky […]

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Enjoying Carnivale In Crucita, Ecuador



The view from my sanctuary during Carnivale in Crucita, and all the people on the beach.

On a very hot and sunny afternoon in Canoa, Ecuador a newly made friend, whom I referred to as Garth from Wayne’s World due to his striking resemblance to the character, I was informed that Carnivale in Canoa was going to be absolute madness. Call me naive, but I did not think Carnivale was a […]

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If You Don’t Drink, When You Wake Up In The Morning, That’s The Best You’re Going To Feel All Day



A Pina Colada In Ecuador

Quotes. I don’t remember many, and even my time spent as a film critic did not help the matter. People would quote a famous line from a movie and I would stare at them blankly, having no idea what movie they were referring to, or character. The problem still remains, and I do not particularly […]

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Beware The Freckle Monster! Hand Me The SPF 100.



My Bottle Of Freckle Monster Protection, SPF 100

Prepare for the heat. Good advice for someone traveling to Ecuador. Another good piece of advice: bring SPF 100 sunscreen or beware, the freckle monster is going to get you. You can wear SPF 50; I have been every day on my face and body since I arrived in Ecuador. I always did at home […]

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Finding My Missed Calling As An Exterminator In South America



Raid, My Tool Of Choice

If the whole traveling freelance writer career does not pan out I believe I may have figured out my missed calling in life: as an exterminator. It only took a trip to South America to discover my missed calling as an exterminator, and I may just start my own business everywhere I travel to help […]

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Chaotic Lines and Drooling Drug Sniffing Dogs Equals Customs In Ecuador



Map of Ecuador

Welcome to Ecuador! Now, please follow directions for attaining your entry stamp that will change momentarily, and then change again, and then, just maybe, you will make it into the country today. Or, maybe tomorrow. Regardless, you will encounter chaotic lines and drooling drug sniffing dogs upon arrival to customs in Ecuador. The plane was […]

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