My friend and long-ago housemate Rachael came north for a visit the other day, and she had suggested we meet up in New York City for a free walking tour of Harlem. It sounded like a great idea, so we joined up with our friend Jenn and set to walking! To be fair, we did … Continue reading A Walking Tour of Harlem
From Ecuador, Mike and I flew to Texas to spend some time with my family in Texas. My mom lives in a small town called Seguin that sits nicely between Austin and San Antonio, which gave us perfect access to explore the big cities for a few days. We went down to San Antonio for … Continue reading A Quick Weekend in San Antonio
Austin, Texas is a city with a strong stereotypical image: a bustling place full of hip young people, all playing music and making art and eating quirky foods. And while I'm sure the actual experience of living in Austin involves less colorful weirdness and more regular working-to-survive energies, our one day trip through downtown pretty … Continue reading Keeping Austin Weird
Our trip was drawing to a close, and we had taken the overnight bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito, where we would be flying out from that night. The bus had gotten in early, so we were at a very quiet Terminal Quitumbe well before sunrise. We had already done most of the things on our explore-Quito … Continue reading Mindo: Colorful & Humming with Life
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador is a place that is dominated by fish and birds. This small fishing village has a very genuine feel to it - instead of piles of surfing tourists, you're more likely run into fishermen carrying out the day's work as you stroll along the beach. There's a nice new boardwalk that carries … Continue reading Puerto Lopez is For the Birds
I'm pretty sure there's only one reason people come to Montañita, and that's for BEACH PARTIES. I very much enjoy beaches, but I'm not much for partying, so this wasn't exactly my first-choice beach to explore in Ecuador. I was really hoping to hang out in Canoa, but unfortunately our illnesses had slowed us down so Montañita … Continue reading Fun in the Sun in Montañita
Everyone talks about Baños as the place to go for budget adventures, so we were ready to take on some of the more famous outdoor offerings of the city. Adventure the first: Canyoning! This was the one thing I swore she wouldn't do. Naturally, it was at the top of Mike's list. Canyoning is a misleading … Continue reading Outdoors Adventures in Baños
There was no question that our trip to Ecuador had to include Baños - it's a tourist town with major budget backpacker appeal. Full of cheap outdoor adventures and a tightly-packed town center, there was always something to see and do. Cheap food and lodging was in abundance (we stayed at Hostal Transilvania, private room … Continue reading Welcome to Baños!
I was so excited to hike the famous Quilotoa loop. Volcanic crater lake! Stunning views! Incredible hostels! Interaction with locals! Off the beaten track! From the moment I first read about it, I knew it was going to be a defining moment in our trip, something we'd remember for years to come. Then on morning … Continue reading Horsing Around in Quilotoa
La Mitad del Mundo is a huge monument that sits on the Equator, the center of the world! That's what they tell you, at least, because after building a giant monument and tourist attraction nobody wanted to admit they had missed the mark by about 240 meters. Science! Still, it's a fun place to spend … Continue reading In The Middle Of The World!