Things Found at the Otavalo Market, Ecuador

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If you are looking for some color in your life, head to the Saturday Otavalo Market in Ecuador. A two hour taxi drive (or a four hour bus) from Quito leads you through massive rose nurseries and the shadow of a massive volcano before plopping you in Otavalo. Well worth the trip, Otavalo is full of vendors who want to sell you stuff. Bargain hard and shamelessly.

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Hiking the Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador

Quilotoa Crater, Ecuador

Arriving at the emerald green Quilotoa lagoon, a smile crawls across my face. Being unemployed really isn’t that bad.

Getting to Quilotoa is really half the fun.

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Most of the bus schedules require you to wake up early and start from Latacunga. We run to make the 8am bus to Zumbahua, paying the $2 along with the rest of the poncho-clad and fedora-with-a-peacock-feather wearing locals.

As I struggled to stay awake, an agrarian lifestyle I can’t even fathom passes me by. The foothills of the central Andes are drop dead gorgeous and it seems like I’ve been transported back in time. Terraced farm land rises up the mountains in varying shades of green, black and yellow. Surrounding them are tiny, one room, concrete houses with thatched roofs. Local women herd lots of woolie sheep, pigs and of course, llamas.

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Buenos Aires – I’m Gonna Leave You

Street-Corner-BsAs Winter is coming to the Southern Hemisphere, and that means it’s time for me to hit the international travel trail.

It’s been a wonderful 2.5 years, but it’s time for me to go.

Buenos Aires, it’s not you, it’s me. You see, I thought this was going to be a 3 month fling. We’d have fun, drink wine, eat empanadas, and then I’d go back to my normal life.

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