It's been a while since I've written anything about life in Ecuador, not because there's nothing to say, but because there's been so much to do. I'll try to be brief, so I can get to the pictures, but since I've written last, I've seen the humpback whales that leave Antarctica and come up to the warmer shores of Ecuador to have their babies. They mate again before going back to Antarctica then return next year to have the babies. The males will often times jump out of the water to impress their mates…Read more
It's been a little over a week since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake ht the northern coast of Ecuador. As of right now, the count is 654 dead, 12,492 injured and over 25,000 people are homeless. There have been several hundred aftershocks, mostly smaller ones, but some as high as 6.4. Where we live, we felt the first quake on Saturday night -- more like a rolling wave than shaking for about 60 seconds -- but still scary. Not any damage here, but the pictures from the northern coast are heartbreaking. As…Read more
So we made it to the Pacific coast. We spent the first several weeks getting familiar with the area and looking for a more permanent place to settle in. After looking at about 20 places, we found one that sits on a rock above the ocean -- a short flight of stairs from the apartment leads right to the beach. I'm writing this on my balcony as the waves crash about 40 ft below.
Here's the view from the balcony:
Even with El Nino, most days here are at least partly sunny (even though it is cloudy in the…Read more
This is our first Christmas and New Year away from family and friends but with Skype and FaceTime, we kept in touch. And we enjoyed the celebrations of a different culture.
On December 24th, there is a parade in Cuenca call El Pase di Niño (The Passing of the Child) that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Babies, children, and whole extended families from the surrounding towns and neighborhoods march in the parade. They are dressed as wise men and shepherds and angels. Some march as Mary and Joseph…Read more
We’ve been in Ecuador about a month now. It seems like a lot has happened in a short time, but I’ll try to touch on some things that stood out to me so far. We got here on the day the people in Cuenca celebrate their independence from Spain. Every city in Ecuador celebrates on a different day, rather than one national holiday. I’m not sure why that is, but that’s just one of the many things I don’t understand about this country yet. Anyway, on that day, there were lots of…Read more
When we made the decision to move to Ecuador, we had to figure out what to take and what to get rid of. It wasn’t easy, but we managed to get our possessions down to four suitcases, and since we’ve been traveling, we realized we could have gotten by with three. We sold our house and our cars, gave things away and threw things away. I was amazed at how much I had that I didn’t need or use or had saved thinking I might want later some time, and never did. I suppose there were some things I would have liked…Read more
I've finally managed to get the two videos I've completed added to my website via YouTube. You will notice a new page at the top of the screen for "Videos". Click on that page and you'll see both "From The Beginning to Gravel 1977" with photos and music from that time period and "Born To Rock n Roll 2" with music from my new CD and photos from our performances over the year.
I hope you enjoy them and check back for additional music videos I'll be adding as time permits.