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A day of living in Ecuador

By March 22, 2017 Living Abroad, Our Story

Living in Ecuador is an adventure every day. This is one of the days that we have recently had:

9:30 AM

I woke up on my day off with a swollen eye. The day before, the landlady had told us that our water tank is broken, so we had to turn the pump on when we needed water and turn it off when we were done.

12 AM

We ate  “brunch”.

1 PM – 2:30 PM

I worked online.

2:45 PM

Mom and I went to the grocery store. A lot of the people we know were shopping at the same time. One friend wasn’t given the correct change at the register. To ensure that she was telling the truth, the manager reviewed both the register and camera footage before they gave her the change they owed, one whole dollar.

4:05 PM

We finally made it home from the store only to discover that our house had no power and no water.

 5:00 PM

Our neighbor started fixing our water tank, and the power came back on.

5:01 PM

The power went off again.

 6:00 PM

We made dinner with no electricity and no water.

 6:20 PM

We discussed which movie to watch on the laptops with remaining battery power (thank goodness for DVD’s and the movies we have downloaded).

 6:30 PM

The power came back on again.

 6:31 PM

The power turned back off.

 6:50 PM

Our neighbor told us that we won’t have water for the night because they need a missing piece to fix the water tank.

 7:00 PM

The power turned back on, and we started watching a movie.

 9:00 PM

The movie ended, and so we started bringing in buckets of water.

 9:30 PM

We washed dishes with buckets of water.

 10:00 PM

I took a sponge bath.

 11:00 PM

And finally, I went to bed.

 

As you can see you need to be prepared for anything and learn to laugh instead of cry. This is just part of the adventure of living in a developing country. You might even find that moving back to your home country is boring after living abroad.

 

Written by Ashley

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Humpback Whales

By March 3, 2017 Our Story

The coast of Ecuador has the privilege of seeing the grandiose humpback whales as they follow their course of migration. My family and I have been whale watching almost every year of our residence in Ecuador, and every time we are stunned by their beauty. Humpback whales are 52 feet long (16 meters) and weigh 50 tons. Yet, they move with ease in the water. The reasons for  breaching, singing songs, and lob-tailing (slapping the water with their tail) is still unknown to man. What we do know, is that watching these creatures never ceases to amaze. Read More

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Working as tile setters

By February 26, 2017 Our Story

A few days ago was national tile day! Which I only recently learned of its existence. I thought it was appropriate to write an article since my dad has been a tile-setter for more than 30 years, and we go to the States each year to do tile to save up for living in Ecuador. Now that our family has helped my dad with setting tile, I have seen how difficult and intricate it is as a profession. Read More

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Bloglovin

By February 7, 2017 Our Story, Uncategorized

It’s has been 10 days since we started our blog. We have always wanted to start a blog but it has taken us 5 years to do it. And we are very happy that we have. Buckle up because we have many more posts to write.

Coming up we have places to visit in Ecuador, places to go in Europe, more of our adventures from the last 5 years, and interviews with people who have also moved to Ecuador. So stay tuned. 🙂

Now you can follow our blog on Bloglovin by clicking HERE

 

Thank you to our readers for all your support.

 

 

 

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Hot and Wet “Winter”

By February 7, 2017 Our Story

As the cool evenings of winter (if you can call it winter when the coldest it gets is 68 degrees Fahrenheit) slip away you know you have entered into the hot season. This is the current season here, in Ecuador.
Since we are on the other side of the equator the seasons are a little confusing for me. Worse yet, the locals follow the rule of rainy season and dry season. Let me explain, rainy season here in Ecuador is during their summer season, and the summers are HOT here on the coast. The dry season is during our winter season, and it is the cooler time of the year. However, the locals associate rain with winter, dry with summer. This means it is summer when it is winter, winter when it is summer. Hot in the winter and cool in the summer. Are you as confused as I am? Read More

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Our 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser

By February 1, 2017 Car Diary, Our Story

They say Toyotas never die. And I believe it’s true. Our 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser hasn’t died on us yet.

Its name is Woody Land-crapper, and, although, it is so rusty that the water pours in when it rains, it has taken us on dirt roads, through rivers, through mud, to places far and to places near.

We bought our Land Cruiser in July of 2013 from friends living in Ecuador. Our friend gave us an excellent price because in his words he “couldn’t sell such a crappy car at a high price.” We decidedly agreed to buy it sight unseen as we were in desperate need of a car. Read More

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What time?

By January 30, 2017 Living Abroad, Our Story

You may wonder what culture shock feels like. Let me paint a picture.

It was a weekend, and my girls and I had been invited to a party. We knew that here in this culture people do not show up at parties on time. This is different in our culture. However, I’m pretty late everywhere I go, so I thought that this shouldn’t be a problem.

We were told that the party would be at 7:00, so my girls and I decided that we would wait until 8:00 to go to the party. This is harder than it seems, even for me. I anxiously watched the clock as the time passed by. Finally, the hour passed and we headed to the party. Once there, we were ushered upstairs into the house, which seemed odd since the party was downstairs. Read More

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Welcome to our blog!

By January 27, 2017 Our Story

 

On the hunt for cabinet knobs, we were told the company “alcemi” had a good selection. Upon seeing the sign for that company, we went into a store to talk to the lady assisting people. “That company isn’t at this location” she explained in Spanish. We asked “Where can we go to find cabinet knobs?” She replied “Go down this road really, really, really far and ask someone else.” Clearly, we were 4,000 miles away from home.

After decades of living in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, we moved south of the equator, to Manta, Ecuador.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Ashley. My mom is Deborah; my dad’s name is Jason, and I have one older sister named Michaela. My parents were raised in South Lake Tahoe. My sister and I were born and raised there, and we had lived in the same house all our lives. We had a quaint house surrounded by pine trees, it snowed 7 months out of the year, and my grandparents, aunts and uncles lived in the same town. Then, on November 11, 2011 we did a 180 and moved to a hot cemented city. We came to do a volunteer work, and the subsequent adventures, beauty, vexation and happiness are worth being shared.

This blog will take you on the roller-coaster ride of the last 5 years of our lives and, hopefully, will give the tips and confidence you need to start your own adventure.

 

Written by Ashley

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