BFF Ecuadorian Adventures, Part 1: Quito & Mitad del Mundo

At the time, we didn’t realize it, but we were so lucky that this trip was actually able to happen! As I’m writing this, we’re on day 12 of nationwide protests in Ecuador. Probably, you haven’t heard about this because the international news coverage has been strikingly thin. In short, CONAIE, the organization representing allContinue reading “BFF Ecuadorian Adventures, Part 1: Quito & Mitad del Mundo”

Tena, Ecuador: Arahuana Jungle Resort & Spa

Sometimes I forget that Tena is actually a city surrounded by nature…rainforest nature. A mere 2.6 km outside Tena is this beautiful resort tucked away in the forest. We first heard about Arahuana from Shane’s work colleague, who described this magical Resort del Dia (resort for the day) package. So, a few weeks ago, whenContinue reading “Tena, Ecuador: Arahuana Jungle Resort & Spa”

A Baños (Ecuador) Birthday Bash!

That’ll technically be Baños de Agua Santa since you may know that baños also means toilets. However, throw that “de aqua” behind it, and you’re talking about a water bath, for which the town is named. Baños de Agua Santa is near the Tungurahua volcano, thus named for the natural hot springs in the area!Continue reading “A Baños (Ecuador) Birthday Bash!”

Hiking Cerro Mandango in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Cerro Mandango, also known as “the sleeping Inca,” isn’t the only attraction in Vilcabamba, but it’s certainly one of the main ones. It felt wrong to leave without checking it out. So, when we found ourselves without plans on the last morning of our butterfly collecting trip, we hit the trail! This was quite easyContinue reading “Hiking Cerro Mandango in Vilcabamba, Ecuador”

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”

Quito, Ecuador – A Walking Tour of the Historic Center

Quito is a big city. Like, far-as-the-eye-can-see big. Now that we’ve settled into life here in Tena, we need long-term visas, which we can only apply for in Quito. Long story short, we are visa-less, but that’s still in motion, so it’s a story for another day. We planned for a long weekend in Quito,Continue reading “Quito, Ecuador – A Walking Tour of the Historic Center”

America Trip Part 2: Chicago

The first and only ever time I was in Chicago was with Shane back in 2014, just before we moved to the Netherlands. We were there for our friend Brian’s 30th birthday, and the only thing I really remember is that the famous Bean was right next to our hotel. That, and we all wentContinue reading “America Trip Part 2: Chicago”

Riederstein Hike: Tegernsee, Germany

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “what-the-damn-hell!?” ’cause we got out of the city, baby!! This past Sunday was G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S and our first true summer-feeling day. When we met up with our friend, Theresa, back in March we talked about going for a hike when the weather finally turned. So, when a beautiful sunnyContinue reading “Riederstein Hike: Tegernsee, Germany”