Category: Exploring

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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Llao Llao

Llao Llao. In a Spanish speaking country like Argentina you might expect it to be pronounced “yao yao”, but around here it sounds more like “jao jao” when the locals say it. It is also the name of area west of Bariloche. There is a spectacular hotel there, reminiscent of the Banff Springs Hotel, a municipal park and hill that all share the Llao Llao moniker.

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Valparaiso, Chile – Day Two

Our second day in Valparaiso was more work and less play. Karen needed to put in several hours of work in the morning and she had to phone a client in the afternoon. I welcomed the chance to put together the blog post for our first day in Valparaiso. So today we decided to keep it simple. We planed to walk a couple of kilometers down the hill towards the ocean to find someplace for lunch.

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Valparaiso, Chile – Day One

After a few weeks of work and study in the country home of our friends, we have back a couple of bags and headed Valparaíso.  Valparaíso is one of the largest cities in Chile after Santiago. It is located 120 kilometers northwest of Santiago on the Pacific coast. Before the opening of the Panama Canal, Valparaíso was a major Pacific port for ships crossing the Straits of Magellan. There are a lot of buildings dating back to the 19th century. They make stop and imagine what they were like in their prime. The cobblestone roads that still exist most likely once carried horses and carts.

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My First Time Surfing

After leaving Colombia on the 26 of September, we arrived in Lima Peru.  We did many fun things while we were there (posts coming later). One of the things we did was to go to the beach. Lucas and I took surfing lessons. I was really nervous to take mine, but it was fun so I’m glad I did. The following video was posted a week ago, but I kept forgetting to make this blog. I hope you enjoy the video.

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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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