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Cooking With Fire

We have heard about La Yunta since shortly before we went on our Turkey adventure last March. This is a restaurant / tienda / deli that is about a 15 minute drive out of Cuenca, enroute to Loja. Being so far out in the sticks, they have to be creative to get people to come.  ... Read more

Corpus Christi Procession

Corpus Christi started today, and not many places celebrate it as largely as Cuenca, Ecuador.  Also known as Septenario, this was originally an indigenous celebration of the June Solstice, but was co-opted by the Catholic Church in the 1600’s and turned into a Christian event.  One of the highlights for many is the booths filled ... Read more

Museum Tour

Our Spanish class went on a tour of four museums today, three of which I didn’t even know existed in town.  The first was Simon Bolivar’s home, which has been converted into an art gallery, shown above. I knew of two Panama Hat museums in town, but we went to a third I had not ... Read more

Cuenca Almost Became Part of Peru

Today marks the twenty year anniversary of the start of the most recent war between Ecuador and Peru in 1995.  Last weekend we drove to Girón to see the countryside, accompanied by six friends that were all visiting Ecuador.  We had originally expected a trip to the waterfall in Girón to be the highlight, but instead we were treated ... Read more

20/20 (and 19/20)

We are both now legal Ecuadorian drivers — we both received our driver’s licences today! The process here is almost silly in the number of steps required, but we completed the last of the hoops today and walked out with our licenses. We can now rent and drive cars within Ecuador.  (The International Driver’s License ... Read more

Museum Walk

While in California for Kerry’s graduation (see prior blog post), a couple of friends from Oregon came down to visit. Together, we went to two museums, along with a tour of the Santa Cruz wineries.  The first museum we visited was the Computer History Museum in Mountain View (Wikipedia and Yelp both have more info).  ... Read more

School’s Out!

Kerry Jones, our favorite niece (OK, our only niece, but still our favorite!) graduated high school today.  After this week, she is officially a college student, attending University of California at Santa Barbara.  She will be majoring in chemistry in the College of Creative Studies.  With fewer than 350 students, this is a very elite ... Read more


Gloria Uyaguari, Evelyn’s favorite Spanish teacher, requires her students to write a diary in Spanish. Evelyn takes private Spanish lessons twice a week at Gloria’s home. Here’s a recent page from Evelyn’s Spanish diary: 29 de Marzo, el sábado Gloria y Adrian nos invitaron a su casa de campo cerca de San Bartolomé a recoger ... Read more

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