Month

February 2012

Sketching our new barn/apartment

At 1pm today, we handed over 5 pages of “architectural drawings” to our general contractor (or maestro here), Fernando. The drawings are far from professional, but they should be plenty to go on. In fact, Fernando appears to have the skills, experience and confidence to do the whole project with no more than a quick, “we’ll need a bathroom here, a new ceiling, let’s add a wall here, etc.”

Needless, to say, with such skilled workers at hand, I did … read the rest...

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Arquitectura Sustentable – Sustainable Architecture

From now on I will attempt to write each post in Spanish and English. Our Latin American audience is growing, our life is mostly in Spanish and it is getting harder to only express myself in English, plus I need to practice my Spanish writing.

As we start the process of remodeling our old barn house, we are getting excited about exploring what sustainable practices we can integrate. Both Jax and I are firm believers that the world wont be … read the rest...

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Meet Sunshine Stories – a surfer, traveling couple

As I sit surrounded by a beautiful Andean mountain scene, next to a fire place, I think about Surkha, the ocean, surfing and it all reminds me of Sunshine Stories, a blog about a surfing and traveling couple from Sweden. For the last few months, Petter and Linn have been our inspiration, as we’ve started the process of temporary settling down down in Ecuador. This couple is traveling Central and North America in search of waves, good people and local … read the rest...

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Moving to Zuleta…

I am sitting on my sister’s high school bean bag. Yaku, one of our new pups, is curled up behind my neck sleeping, while Yana, our other puppy, sleeps on my chest – we have two exhausted dogs. Our last few days have been hectic, but we have finally made it to our home for the next one or two years – Zuleta. Yesterday, we traveled from Quito to Zuleta – after having a wonderful Carnaval holiday with my mom … read the rest...

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The exploring has begun… Useful Wedding Websites

As many of you know, Jax and I are engaged and are planing our wedding for summer 2013. Before this week I had put very little thought on the idea of our wedding day and even less to the idea of a honeymoon. Jax and I have been living together for the last three years and a half and have been traveling to cool places since the beginning of our time together. However, with Jaxon’s parents visiting Ecuador last month, … read the rest...

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Meet Yaku and Yana – our puppies

Meet our two new puppies. They are siblings, born to the same mother and we suspect the same father as well. They can best be described as, 50% Golden Retriever, 50% who knows what, they are 10 weeks and 1 day old and adorable. Jax and I swore to not have any more pets after our hedgehog Mochila, we even mentioned this on the blog a number of times, but one look at these puppies and I was sold. Jaxon … read the rest...

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What about all those projects?

Two days ago we dropped off Morgan and Jena at the airport for their flight back to the states. We were sad to see them go, but very excited for them, that they get to settle down for a little while, put down some roots and get some stuff done. They have a new dog, grad school around the corner, art openings and so many other exciting things going on. They will be in WI for a couple weeks I … read the rest...

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Today, Correa, Ecuador’s president, is 40 million dollars richer

If you have been around Latin American new’s sources at all today, you might already know that our dearest president, Rafael Correa, just won a 40 million dollar legal case against the Ecuadorian newspaper, El Universo. What did the newspaper do? Well, on October 6 2011, they published an opinion piece by Emilio Palacio, in which he called the president a liar.

It was September 30th and I was walking through Beloit’s hallways. All of a sudden a heard my … read the rest...

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Sidetracked in Ecuador

Jax and I are known by our families and friends as an indecisive and unpredictable couple, as free spirits that follow the wind’s path. In reality, we plan a lot, I would even say that we have done so much in our three years of relationship because we meticulously lay out our days, goals, aspirations and realities in ink and pursue them until a black line lays on top of each word or sentence. Of course, as you’ve read on … read the rest...

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Driving up 9000ft in 9 hours, Quito and fondue

It’s been six days since we checked in last. Our sunburns no longer hurt, but we are definitely still peeling. We ended up spending 3 days and 2 nights in the Mandala eco-lodge in Puerto Lopez. It was a stunningly relaxing place with little cabins buried in a huge and dense garden of tall Ecuadorian plants. The couple that own the place were great and total characters. Both in there 50s or 60s, the woman is Swiss-German and the man … read the rest...

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Montañita

We arrived to Montañita Sunday evening. After close to 10 hours of driving, we were glad to see Morgan, Jena, firm ground and lots of restaurant options. Montañita is a surfer town, situated in Manabi Province. A glance at this town makes you realize the unsustainable dream that makes this place like no other in Ecuador – surf all day, party all night. We arrived to a cute small motel the first night, where Morgan and Jena had been staying … read the rest...

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Photographing for The Nature Conservacy +

Our last few days can be summed up as “lots of driving”. Starting Monday of last week, we began our see-a-doctor marathon, that can be translated to seeing 5 doctors in 2 days. Nothing is really wrong with us, well I can see nothing wrong with me, my appointments were geared more towards general check-ups and preventive medicine. Jaxon on the other hand, had to experience some painful hours at the mercy of our very nice dentist and later, found … read the rest...

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