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A Typical day of Travel is no Typical Day

By May 13, 2017 Living Abroad, Travel

 

Traveling in a developing country is always an adventure. Thus, whenever we head out on a day of travel we prepare ourselves for the adventure to come. When we traveled from our home on the Coast of Ecuador to the mountains, the city of Cuenca, our adventure began. Our 240 mile (384 km) travel day took about 7 hours. The very same trip in the United States would take about 4 hours and 20 minutes. As always, something came up on the way to make the trip just a little bit longer and a lot more interesting. Read More

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Putting the Pedal to the Metal

By May 1, 2017 Car Diary

A long known about problem in our car is the accelerator cable. Unlike new cars, in our Toyota an actual cable connects the gas pedal to release the gasoline. So the gas pedal has a cable  connected to it with a screw that connects to the carburetor. When you step on the gas pedal the cable is pulled and opens up a little flap to allow gas into the carburetor.

We have often had problems with the cable fraying. Read More

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How to jump start your car

By May 1, 2017 Car Diary

Our car, being 30 years old, often has many quirks and complications. Every day we deal with something different. Recently, we had a problem with our battery.

At 9:00 in the morning we went to help one of our friends jump start their battery. After we returned home, we didn’t realize that our headlights were on. Hours later, when we were leaving to help someone move, our car was dead. Our first instinct was to push start the car. Read More

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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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Woody’s trip to the mechanic (February 21)

By February 23, 2017 Car Diary

February 21, 2017

As of Monday, Dad had to return to the States for some work. So three girls are left to take care of the car, which we know is high maintenance.

Dad left some instructions: “Make sure to check to the fluids (oil, power steering fluid, etc)”, “Don’t forget to fill it with gas regularly since the gas gauge is broken”, “Be careful about driving it here”, “Check the tires air pressure”, “Keep the radiator filled with water”, etc.

As you can see, there is much to do to keep our car running in good shape. So, after 14 hours of dad being gone, we heard from the car an already existing noise worsen, and of course, ran it to our mechanic, Roberto, to be safe. The mechanic got to work on the drive-shaft and replaced the u-joint bearings.

After all this, we took a drive around the block, but the noise was still there. After telling him that we were very concerned about the noise, he continued to work on finding what it was. He had one of his workers get under the car while he got in the driver’s seat. The worker would yell out “adelante” and Roberto would drive forward as the worker scooted up the asphalt on his back under the car. Then he would yell “atras” and Roberto would drive backward and the worker would scoot on his back. What a way to fix a car! My mom stared at it, stunned, and so, she forgot that this would make a great video.

Now, a day later, the car is still at the mechanics being worked on. We hope we get it back soon!

Written by Ashley

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Southern Beaches of Ecuador, Part 1

By February 22, 2017 Living Abroad, Travel

When we decided to move to Ecuador we needed to make a choice between the mountains or the coast. “Why?” you may ask. It was a fresh start in every aspect, including our surroundings.

Our family is from a mountainous region in California, and I have to say, I love the mountains. In our move however, we were going for different. For us different meant heading to the coast. So, now we are settled into Manta, Ecuador.

While living here, we have had the opportunity to travel up and down the coast. I’m going to introduce you to the beautiful coastline of Ecuador.

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To Car Or Not To Car

By February 9, 2017 Living Abroad
Our first year and a half here, in Ecuador, we lived without a car.  Many move down here and plan on living without a car, relying on the public transportation. Our plan was a bit different.
We planned on buying a car as soon as we arrived, but because of circumstances beyond our control, it took longer than planned. This gave us an opportunity to experience public transportation. Thus, I can bring you this blog post.

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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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