Category: Culture and History

Otavalo Markets

About a two-hour drive north-north-east of Quito is a town of about 40,000 people called Otavalo. On Saturdays, Otavalo markets take up a lot more space than the central plaza. On the edge of the town is an animal market. In the central plaza and the streets that surround it, vendors set up stalls to sell all sorts of things. Otavalo is well known for its textiles.

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Quick Update From Quito

We’ve been in Quito for a month now and we’ve had the pleasure of communicating with several friends and family members back home during that time. For anyone relying on this blog to know what we are up to, I apologize for my lack of information here. The fact of the matter is that we have been quite comfortable here in Quito. The cost of living seems quite reasonable and the Internet connection is quick and stable. We’ve been able to get a lot of work done and all the rainy days have just given us all the more reason to stay indoors and work.

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Feria de las Flores

The 2017 Feria de las Flores in Medellin was the 60th year the silleteros have paraded their beautiful silletas through Medellin. To be a stillero is to be a hard working artist carrying on a cherished, traditional occupation.

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New Year’s Eve 2018

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Buenos Aires – That just sounds so cool to me. 🙂 The skies were almost clear for the super red blue full moon. Our tour guide from a few days ago mentioned that a few blocks behind the Casa Rosa we would find Puente de la Mujer. That bridge is a good spot to view the fireworks. We were also warned to plan in advance for anything you might need for the evening’s festivities. A quick visit to the local supermarket confirmed that. The produce and deli sections looked like a mob of shoppers had cleared out most of the options.

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Medellin

Medellin is a city I had high expectations about. I’ve heard from so many sources how it has a great climate. It called the City of Eternal Spring. It has also cleaned up its act since the days as the drug capital of the world. It is safe and modern full of friendly people. So far we are enjoying our stay here.

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A Visit to Monserrate

Monserrate has been calling to us since we arrived in Bogota. It’s probably the one of the first things people see that makes them think, “I want to go there!”. When a sunny day finally appeared in the forecast, our mission was clear. Get to Monserrate.

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Some Sights and Sounds of Bogotá

Since arriving in Bogotá we’ve made numerous trips to various stores and we’ve all gone out to see some of the city. When the mood strikes we capture a few moments of what is going on around us. With 8 milllion people, there’s always plenty of people around.
Below are a dozen or so of those moments captured in short videos.

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