Monthly Archives: March 2012

Finding Joy

In early February, one of my last nights in Florida, I hit the Red Bar in Grayton. It’s probably the most famous place on 30A, the stretch of county beach road where I had been spending most of my time. … Continue reading

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Mariposas!

One of the cool things in Mindo (where I plan to go stay starting in a day or two) is the Butterfly Garden. For five bucks you can go into a big netted room with hundreds of butterflies in it. … Continue reading

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Farewell, Old Life, and Old Friends

I spent sixteen years working to be an academic. I researched and developed ways to make computing as ubiquitous in schools as it is elsewhere; I taught teachers use computers to teach more effectively. For the first eight years, I … Continue reading

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Arrival in Mindo

I got up this morning, got my bags packed and got out of the car at the embassy where my cousin works. Within moments, a cab arrived carrying a passenger that was presumably hoping to get a visa to visit … Continue reading

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Another lovely day in Mindo

I finished up my trucha at El Quetzal, eleven bucks, with tip. That bought my total expenditures for the day to twenty bucks in food and eight-fifty in travel, not to mention the thirty dollars for the week’s lodging. I … Continue reading

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Perhaps my job is done here

I hung out at Fuera de Babilonia from sometime before 4:00 until after 7:00. It was a rather odd experience. When I arrived, the guy who was sitting behind me on the bus was there. I said hello in a … Continue reading

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You know, this could be fun after all

At 7:00 Thursday morning, my second morning day in Mindo, I’m still inclined to get on the 1:45 bus and head back to Quito, a comfy bed, and people who love me. And just what does that rooster think he … Continue reading

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The best night, ever

I went to El Quetzal and bought chocolate for my mother. There I availed myself of their WIFI. I fielded yet another call from my mother about which TV to buy since her old TV was about to become her … Continue reading

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What Did I Expect?

My last night in Mindo was perfect. It was what I had envisioned when I planned my trip to Mindo. It took three nights to make that happen. I am pretty sure it took me longer than that before I … Continue reading

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With an Expert as a guide, I might like birding

My last night in Mindo I met Marcelo Arias, an expert birder, who kindly invited me to go for a walk and look at birds with him in the morning. Given that I do not get great sleep on my … Continue reading

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Casa Museo

Walking around the streets in Cuenca we saw a sign that said “Antiques.” /Sure, we’ll look at some old stuff,/ the collective thought. The sign instructed us to ring the bell three times and wait. Once we were granted entry, … Continue reading

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Good Times in Cuenca

Cuenca is a city of about half a million people about 250 miles south of Quito. I went with my cousin’s family and two other couples from Quito; we met up with another couple and their infant. It is a … Continue reading

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A Real Trip to the Dentist

I once saw Webb Wilder, “The last of the full-grown men,” play at an outdoor venue that was way, way too cold. (Webb is that he has a credo: “Word hard. Rock hard. Eat hard. Sleep hard. Grow big. Wear … Continue reading

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Eating like a local in Cuenca

It was time for lunch in Cuenca on Sunday afternoon. One group did reminiscence on one place, but it seemed too fussy and expensive. We thought we would return to the Mexican place we had been to the day before. … Continue reading

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Getting to the Galapagos

The day before I was to leave for the Galapagos, I packed everything I would need into a little backpack and my travel guitar case, including my little Squeezebox Radio, which I pretty much now refuse to travel without. My … Continue reading

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Life on a ship

Once I was aboard ship and in my room, I unpacked, locked my wallet and passport in the little safe, and, when instructed to do so by the intercom, headed to the dining room for lunch. A waiter directed me … Continue reading

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In which I practice breathing and swimming simultaneously

Before my first breakfast on board, I went up to sun deck and played guitar for a while. It was the first time that I lamented not having more nautical songs in my repertoire. I saw some birds that were … Continue reading

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Walking around for no reason can be fun

In the afternoon we went on what we were told would be a “difficult” hike. It was purported to be 1.2 kilometers. I was having a hard time believing that the hike could be difficult and only 1.2 kilometers. It … Continue reading

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A lot to accomplish before lunch

When we arrived on that morning’s island, there were forty or so sea lions on the beach. Still not tired of these creatures, I got this picture of an oh-so-cute adolescent. I caught this shot of this male and female … Continue reading

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The view from my bedroom

I’ve set my camera up to take pictures out my window. I think I’ll have some better stuff soon, but I just figured out how to get the stills made into a movie.

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The Iguanas of South Plaza

After lunch and a siesta, it was time to check out another island. One of the cool things about exploring the Galapagos from a ship is that you can do stuff like eat and sleep while the ship is moving … Continue reading

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Are You Ready to Go Back Home?

I am posting this story a few hours before I will be getting through security at the airport in Quito to return to the US. I have been in Ecuador for six weeks, my longest trip outside of the country. … Continue reading

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The Tortoises of Santa Cruz Island

Previous to this day on my Galapagos cruise, every excursion we had taken was for just a few hours. We always returned to the ship for lunch. This day, however, we were to stay on Santa Cruz Island for the … Continue reading

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In which I see boobies

On the penultimate day of the cruise I had been lamenting that I had not been really close to a Blue Footed Booby. I had seen some in flight, which might have been good enough if I were a birder, … Continue reading

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