Tag Archive: travel

A Long Road Ahead II

A classic symptom of culture shock is the excessive fear of being cheated and the constant thought of “everyone is ripping me off!” This was the most obvious of all my symptoms. I… Continue reading

A Long Road Ahead Part I

Culture shock. I’d used the term before. I thought I grasped the definition: visiting a foreign place, experiencing a different way of life and being overwhelmed with shock and awe of all the… Continue reading

¡Bienvenidos a Ecuador!

Here we were, exactly a year later, flying to Ecuador on a one way ticket. Throughout my travels the most frequent question I was asked was, “where are you going next?”  It felt… Continue reading

Changing of the Seasons

Moving overseas to a third world country…mastering a second language as a necessity…starting a business in foreign land…building a new life from the ground up…was I ready for all of this? How about… Continue reading


With less than a week left in Ecuador, it was time to make another move.  Tena was wonderfully laid-back but we wished to be closer to Quito, our departure city.  Mindo, an hour… Continue reading


Boom! Boom! Boom! “What? Huh? Who? Out where? I’m up! ” Captain shouted as he rolled out of bed, falling upside down onto the floor.  I’d been startled as well.  It wasn’t even 8 o’clock in the… Continue reading

High Expectations

When fellow travelers would talk about Baños, I had a vision of a little quaint town with a handful of tour companies and a few eateries. Baños is a town of almost 20,000… Continue reading

Rush Hour

We came to Ecuador with an agenda and as the days ticked by my anxiety grew as I worried: would we find a place to rent near our new property? Were we going… Continue reading

Friends in High Places

We had been talking about having dinner with the Governor and First Lady Boatmaster for some time; a date was finally made.  When the day of our dinner had finally come, we had… Continue reading

A Garden in Bloom

I once heard that a friendship is like a garden, as it must be tended to for it to thrive. For as long as I can remember, friendship and socializing were important aspect… Continue reading