Monthly Archives: February 2015

Adios Banos

Home beckons and so I leave the  Ecuadorian summer for the Georgia winter. It’s more than a fair exchange. My primary impression of this South American country can be summed up in two words — loud and unfinished. I have … Continue reading

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Tourista Jane’s Great Adventure

One of the most notable compliments I have ever received was from a work colleague who told me I was like Indiana Jones because, in the face of endless obstacles (corporate bureaucracy), I never gave up. Some call it pigheaded, … Continue reading

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Under the Volcano

We made it to Banos de Agua Santa yesterday afternoon after an eight-hour bus ride through the Andes. The scenery out the window was arresting. The grassy slopes of these giant peaks are truly unique. I particularly like how clouds … Continue reading

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My Travel Buddy

Life is good on the road because people, past and present, are fascinating, the Creation is awe-inspiring and what human beings have done with it is often amazing. But life on the road is good mainly because of my travel … Continue reading

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Sigsig

Wikitravel suggests those visiting Cuenca get out and see one of the neighboring towns. Having already experienced Banos, we chose to travel to Sigsig, a small town about an hour-and-a-half outside Cuenca. Round trip bus fare was $3.25. It’s a … Continue reading

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Mud Baths and Fire Hoses During Carnival

The universe is an interesting paradox. It’s vast beyond comprehension – each of us an insignificant speck on a single planet floating in its infinity. And yet, it’s small. In addition to meeting the gentleman from Roswell on the plane … Continue reading

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Hola de Cuenca

The red-tile roofs that permeate Cuenca remind me of Italy. They certainly add to the charm of this old, now burgeoning, city. Cuenca was founded in 1557 and, amazingly, remained isolated from the rest of the country until the 1960s. … Continue reading

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