Month

March 2012

The need of mining, the emptyness of words and the lack of action

Three days ago our government signed a deal with a Chinese company for a mountain-top removal mining project. The damage will be done in the province of Zamora Chinchipe, the Amazon region of our country. The contract will last for 25 years and the main mineral extracted will be copper, although some gold and silver might be in the game too. The site is expected to produce close to 5,000 million pounds of copper. The impact of this project on … read the rest...

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One sick puppy

Good morning world. This is going to be one of those “internet generation” updates where I tell the “entire world” about what I ate for breakfast and the color of socks I chose to wear for the day – or the “why do these youngsters think they WE WANT to know about this stuff?” theme. (looking at you Caro;)

So, as Caye mentioned yesterday, she was out of commission for most of the day yesterday. Just feeling miserable, aching, flu-ish, … read the rest...

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A photo journey of our weekend

This morning, I (Caye) woke up a little sick. There has been some sort of stomach flu going around Zuleta and last week everyone in our family, except for Jax and I, were sick. I thought I was going to escape it, but this morning proved me wrong. Fortunately, I am blessed with an amazing partner who made me soup and encouraged me to work from bed or simply just watch a movie. I did both, worked and watched the … read the rest...

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Icy mornings on the Mississippi and big contrasts

I’ve been reflecting a bit recently. Every couple days, I am struck with the shear contrast of our life now and our life 4 months ago. Exactly 4 months ago this Tuesday, Caye and I were finally looking at tail end of the Mississippi portion of our trip down the rivers. Life on our 28 foot sailboat was not relaxing or easy during this leg of the journey. We passed dozens of barges every day, some as long as 1,350 … read the rest...

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DIY wine bottle glasses

After a late Friday night conversation and YouTube video marathon with my father, Fernando, step mom, Carolina, and Jax about bottle cutting, Jax, Caro and I woke up Saturday ready to try it out ourselves. We marched to the glass recycling bins at Zuleta and picked up 20 bottles, washed them and set up our own glass cutting station. After a number of tries, many broken bottles, a bit of frustration and lots of laughing, we were almost making perfect … read the rest...

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A la casita

Today, our day was mostly spent between work and going to “la casita” to check how stuff is progressing. Overall it was a great day, I am getting a handle on construction talk and Jax is helping me with concepts and trying to learn some new vocabulary. Around 4:00pm my brothers, father and step-mom joined us to explore la casita and see the concept in reality. We spent the later evening talking, making our room in my dad and step-mom’s … read the rest...

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Trying to understand construction stuff…

Well, to say the least we have been absent from the blog for the last few days. This is due to three thing; trying to navigate construction work, juggling with a very bureaucratic visa process and fitting in work wherever we can. Okay, let me start with the boring, CONSTRUCTION WORK! I cannot wrap my head around it, I have absolutely no interest on how things are built, I’d rather just deal with aesthetics. For my luck, Jax loves thinking … read the rest...

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