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Test drive

Test drive

We had a test drive today and seems that the Sprinter is in good shape to continue in a day or two the trip. Thanks for all who had an input, ideas, I really appreciate it. So where we were at? Um, yeah we went to the mercado. It gets some use to it after shopping for...
What we WILL Miss About Ecuador

What we WILL Miss About Ecuador

I learned a few interesting things with the last post. The major thing I learned is that if we ever need to boost our reach, the formula is to say something mildly negative about Ecuador and let people who live in Cuenca see it. Our reach more than doubled. Thanks! If...

The Gordian Knot

The first , older, technician arrived at about 9 AM. He pulled out a scanner and hooked it up. In less then 10 minutes it was clear that he is pressing buttons on the scanner aimlessly. The last Sprinter model listed on the screen was a 2006. Half an hour later he...
Walk the dog

Walk the dog

With frustration running high took the dog and a camera to a small hike up on the dusty hill above the campground. A dog walk is always good for the mind. The view was nice from up there with Laguna Yahuarcocha in the valley and volcano Imbabura in the distance. Blaze...
Not again!

Not again!

Fridays seems to be troublesome, at least mechanically. While most of the people are decompressing from a week worth of work, I’m flying high on adrenaline. Parked the van beside the market to pick up some food and after an hour the Sprinter became dead weight....
What We Are NOT Going to Miss About Ecuador

What We Are NOT Going to Miss About Ecuador

For those of you who weren’t aware, we are leaving Ecuador next month. We were planning to travel around South America before returning to the United States, but those plans will have to be delayed. For reasons beyond our control, we need to return to the US...
Camping

Camping

The definition of camping would go like”wherever you can sleep uncomfortable” in Latin America, mostly. Generally speaking is “roughing it”, “boondocking” or “bush whacking”. I park the van, I’m home, OK it’s...
Overstaying

Overstaying

We’ve been overstaying at Finca Sommerwind for almost two weeks now, not that is super exciting around here, but there are several small things to fix up on the van. Looks like we are not alone doing that though, there are quite a few overlanders around. The...
Bulls

Bulls

Beer, food and music in abundance at the fiesta in La Esperanza, at the outskirts of Ibarra, Ecuador this long weekend. To not to get too-too overweight from all the calories consumed they released few bulls in the farm-like arena. Everybody seemed to have fun while...
Healing waters

Healing waters

Drove out from Ibarra to Chachimbirro for few hours and ended up staying two nights, unplanned. The pools of Arco Iris are filled with volcanic thermal water of various temperatures and they looked attractive for some “healing”. We were allowed to enter...
Puerto Lopez to Banos and Puyo

Puerto Lopez to Banos and Puyo

As some of you know, we will soon be leaving Ecuador because Travelin’ Geezers must be travelin’.  We will be travelin’ back here in the future, though.  Still much more to see and many friends to visit. We decided to take another road trip...
Tele extender

Tele extender

There is a piece of photo equipment I rarely use, the 1.4 Kenko tele extender. Finally I decided to give it a try to see where I’m standing if I need to use it. The photos were taken with a Canon 7D2 & 70-200 F2.8 + the Kenko 1.4. The Widest aperture drops...
Not a vegan story

Not a vegan story

Not exactly a vegan story to be on an early morning in Otavalo’s animal market. Once a week, on Saturdays, the dusty lot at the edge of Otavalo comes to life at the break of the dawn. The gates open at 6:00 Am and the locals are pulling, pushing, rolling in...
Tocachi

Tocachi

Tocachi is not high on the list of places to visit in Ecuador, actually not sure how many tourists might stop by. That’s the beauty of it. One of the moments when I saw a sign, a road and turned the wheel. Not the first time I did that. Tocachi, a small church...
You

You

You know I’m really not the “7 best things to do in Ecuador” type of blogger. There are lots of small stories coming along while traveling. Today was no exception. I flip flopped the idea to write or not about some things, but it happened while...
El Quinche

El Quinche

A short stop in El Quinche for lunch and a quick walk in town on the way to Otavalo yielded more church photos. A small town with a huge basilica in the middle other than that EL Quinche is not much to write home about. Had almuerzo in the mercado then picked up some...
Otavalo

Otavalo

Not sure what I expected, but my excitement plummeted fast when I walked around Otavalo, Ecuador’s most famous tourist trap. All streets in the center of Otavalo are paid parking, 50 cents/hr. Ecuador learns fast, builds few kilometres of highway and puts up a toll...
Zero

Zero

And that’s when the latitude reached zero and we reached the middle of the Earth. Not a biggie, it’s more like a geographical position, a personal yay and a whole business built around of it in in San Antonio de Pichincha, Ciudad Mitad del Mundo. There is...
Quito Centro Historico

Quito Centro Historico

What was I saying about not to go on weekends to popular places in Latin America? If I could only listen to my own advice. Quito Centro Historico was today’s aim again and there is a reason to visit the place. The historic downtown is the largest and best...