Category: Location

June 16 onward, back in Canada!

A quick update to let you all know we have made it back to Canada without incident. Other than a nerve-wracking 10 seconds of serious turbulence on our flight. We were picked up at YYC by my father-in-law and are staying with them, at Karen’s old home in Red Deer, about an hour north of Calgary. We’ll be here for a week or so, making up for some missed holidays and enjoying some home cooking that puts mine to shame. 🙂

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June 10-17: Cancun, Mexico

Our last stop before returning to Alberta is going to be Cancun, Mexico. It has been an amazing 19 months of living in and exploring almost a dozen Latin American countries. I have so many more stories, experiences, photos, and videos to share. I plan on continuing to post more as time allows, even after we are home.

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June 1: Otavalo, Ecuador

We will be leaving Ecuador in less than two weeks. We’ve been in the same apartment for our whole stay here. That’s a record for us. Before we depart the country we are going to get out of Quito for a night and check out Otavalo, Ecuador. Why are we going there? Apparently, it has the largest outdoor market in all of South America.

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March 14 – June 10: Quito, Ecuador

We booked four weeks at an Airbnb here in a fairly central location in Quito. The apartment has large rooms and big table we can set up our laptops on for work and school. Although our trip from Asuncion felt like it was primarily north, we moved two time zones west. That, combined with day light savings moved us three hours “closer” to Calgary. We are in the same time zone as the central time zone in North America.

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March 9-14: Asuncion, Paraguay

We are heading back towards Canada now. The bus ride from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu was a big jump north. Asuncion is more of a lateral move on the map. We will spend a less than a week in Asuncion before we fly back to the equator. Getting to Asuncion was more of a hassle/adventure than we planned. We ended up back tracking quite a bit, but we made it. Sydney has said she wants to write about that. I might as well if I get a chance.

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March 8-9: Corrientes, Argentina

Well we had a pretty good run of relatively trouble free travel through Latin America. It came to an end on Thursday when we arrived at the Corrientes International Airport for our flight. It is not a large airport and the check-in line was empty. I figured it was because we were there almost 3 hours before departure. No, it was empty because almost nobody wants to fly to Asuncion, Paraguay from Corrientes, Argentina. Whether it was just the four of us, or perhaps a few more had purchased tickets. Whatever the number, it wasn’t enough for Amazonas Airlines to bother with the flight, so they cancelled it.

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March 7-8: Bus from Puerto Iguazu to Corrientes

This trip makes five consecutive bus trips for us. This was the fourth overnight bus. The ride was “only” nine hours, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. If it was lights out after we departed and all quiet until we arrived, it might have been restful. It was not. They played a couple of movies, handed out a sandwich/snack at just after 10:00 PM. We stopped in Posadas at about 2:30 AM. People got on, people got off. A couple of military guys wanted to check bags. All that to say that when we got into Corrientes we were tired.

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February 7 – March 3: Balvanera, Buenos Aires

Yes, we are still in Buenos Aires. And I am sorry, I did it again. I forgot to post an update on our change of location. We didn’t move too far from the Airbnb in Monseratt. We are also only a few blocks away from La Barca Hotel, where we stayed the first week we were in Buenos Aires. This time we selected an old building.

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January 31 – February 7: Monseratt, Buenos Aires

If you are going to live in a big city, you need to do it near the heart of the city. Monseratt is close enough to the action that you can walk to most points of interest. For the ones further away, there are special tour buses that have different routes. You can hop on and off them to see the sights you are interested in. The place we stayed in last month was OK, but the neighborhood was just so much urban filler.

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January 3-31: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sorry I am late getting this posted. It seems that no matter what your circumstances are, planned and unplanned events fill all the time in the day. We are not quite as central here as we were in the hotel, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. We’ve been planning on checking out the subway and buses.

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