Getting a Professional Visa in Ecuador: A Cautionary Tale

Do you know what I hate? Not rules. I actually don’t mind rules. I may not always agree with them, but I know what to expect from the situation. What I hate is ambiguousness. When it comes to bureaucratic nonsense, I get it. There are going to be hoops to jump through. But, I wantContinue reading “Getting a Professional Visa in Ecuador: A Cautionary Tale”

Tena, Ecuador: Six-month Impressions

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been in Ecuador for six months! Talking about how time flies feels cliche; it’s simultaneously so overused but so true. On the one hand, it feels like we’ve been here for a while. We’ve settled into our apartment and gotten into a daily routine. On the other hand, whereContinue reading “Tena, Ecuador: Six-month Impressions”

Butterfly Collecting 101: Balsas & Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Guys, I’m a field biologist now! Ok, not really, but I did go on my first trip to the field with Shane, and I don’t think I did half bad! Shane has been to the field a few times now. He went to Tanzania for his PhD project and joined a group in Corsica betweenContinue reading “Butterfly Collecting 101: Balsas & Vilcabamba, Ecuador”

Hello, 2022!

Belated Feliz Navidad and Feliz año nuevo! A little belated, of course. A brief life update. We DO have visas now, but the process is still ongoing. So, more on that later. For now… Christmas in Tena! Since we went home to the US twice this year (🙌), we knew we were going to stayContinue reading “Hello, 2022!”

My Sis is a Married Lady, Y’all!

Eeekkk!! I love it so much. I mean, just look at these two! This wedding has been a long time coming, and I don’t mean because we were waiting for a proposal. Like a lot of 2020 bride and grooms, Covid put their original wedding plans on hold. Honestly, I’m happy the original plans wereContinue reading “My Sis is a Married Lady, Y’all!”

One Year in Germany!

Quite by accident, the end of May has become our official unofficial moving-aversary. This time last year, we were leaving the Netherlands for Germany, but this time seven years ago (🤯), we were leaving Pittsburgh for the Netherlands! In honor of our one-year Deutsch-aversary, I wanted to do a little reflecting. What do we reallyContinue reading “One Year in Germany!”

March 2021 Joy Report

Heyyooo – we’re out of lockdown! APRIL FOOOOOLSSS! You might have but most likely did not notice that I skipped my February joy report. I mean, sure, stuff happened in February, but mostly it was a same-shit-different-day kinda month. Towards the end of February and the beginning of March, we stupidly got hopeful. The numberContinue reading “March 2021 Joy Report”