I celebrated my 47th birthday in Peru on March 17! With a June 15 estimated homecoming, I am over half way through my time in South America. We have been in Peru for almost a month where I have found myself floundering a little bit. Naturally, the ebbs and flows of the trip would go lower than… Continue reading Half Way Point
We’ve been moving around a lot lately and I’m finally catching up on the blog! After my volunteer stint, we only had 3 weeks left in Ecuador until my visa ran out. Before we left Puerto Lopez, we took a trip to Isla de la Plata in Machilla National Park. It is called “the poor man’s… Continue reading Ecuador finale!
My time in Puerto Lopez at Equilibrio Azul is coming to a close. I have loved being a part of supporting turtle research and conservation as well as working with programs for kids in the community. It has been a highlight of my time to work with kids in several ways while volunteering in Puerto Lopez. Every… Continue reading Working with Kids and Turtles in Puerto Lopez
I’m feeling the heat in dry and dusty town of Puerto Lopez on the central coast of Ecuador for the month of January. I’m volunteering for an Ecuadorian non-profit marine conservation organization, Equilibrio Azul. It is supposed to be rainy season but it hasn’t rained much since I’ve been here and hasn’t for the last few years. We… Continue reading Volunteering for Equilibrio Azul in Puerto Lopez
My journey continues. I left Quito feeling much better on December 21 and headed to the cloud forest area around Mindo. It is a 2 hour long bus ride from Quito to the west and down in elevation from 2,800 meters to about 1,250 meters. Mindo is in the tropical cloud forest zone and known… Continue reading From the Andes down to the Sea!
I bought a huge chunk of ginger in Quito to help me speed the healing process of this nasty cold/flu thing I got. Ah, even next to the equator people get colds. I was hit hard with it for 5 days and it was tough to kick. I had aches, chills and fever. Resting and recuperating took place in… Continue reading Farewell to Otavalo and Rest and Recuperation Phase
Spanish Language immersion continues! I’ve been working hard to converse in Spanish and I am getting better a little at time. The best thing I can do is just try and learn from my mistakes. I’m learning how to use the past tense, so I don’t only have to speak in the present or simple future. Although… Continue reading 2 Weeks in Ecuador!