A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)



Moving abroad can be a romantic thought. A new culture and a new language. Different foods and new friends. Moving abroad also opens up a new set of legal and tax requirements both in your home country and in your new one. When we first moved to Ecuador, our family was on a temporary visa ... [Read more]

Camping at Rissers

When we packed everything up to move abroad in 2009, missing Canada didn't even enter our minds. We knew we would miss our family and friends, but we were so excited to relocate to Ecuador and experience all that it had to offer, missing Canada was the last thing on our minds. There is a lot to ... [Read more]


Some people are scared to move somewhere else. And it can be a little scary; it was for me at first. But my family and I did it when I was only 8. It wasn't too scary :^)! Here’s my story: I was born in the small town of Kentville in Nova Scotia, Canada. When I was ... [Read more]


After living in Ecuador without returning to Canada for two years, we had no plans for a visit back, but there we were in Canada! We had been living in Ecuador for two years on a temporary visa, but were in the midst of trying to get residency.  Just as we began the application process, ... [Read more]


On a sunny day in Summer one of our favorite places to spend the day is the Halifax Waterfront.  It's a great place to get a good dose of our maritime culture. The board walk is always a buzz with locals and tourists on the weekend when the weather is clear.  There is lots to ... [Read more]


Bored and about to be senior,  I was living in an apartment in the heart of downtown Ottawa doing the daily old fellows coffee shop shuffle.  You know; the trip to the local coffee shop to read the paper, drink coffee and chat with the regular crowd.  Not surprisingly, there were few problems in the ... [Read more]


One of the things we miss from Canada, while living in Ecuador is Nova Scotia Fish and Chips.  The fish is usually haddock, fresh, sweet white meat.  And they serve it deep fried in a light crispy batter that's soooo good! Depending on where you eat it, sometimes the batter has beer or other secret ... [Read more]


Earlier this week, we blogged about Cows Ice Cream - they make Canada's best ice cream - hands down. No one is disputing this fact (except the competition, of course - sorry guys). Cows Ice Cream had a pretty neat sign in their window. We had lots of time to read it - the line ... [Read more]


Cows Ice Cream is one of our favorite treats while visiting back home in Canada.  It's said to be among the best ice cream in the world.  It is definitely among the best I've ever tasted! Readers Digest Magazine voted it the best ice cream in Canada! The branding that Cows has established is rather ... [Read more]


Things we miss: fish & chips One of the best things in Nova Scotia (in our opinion) is a basket of fish and chips on the Halifax Waterfront. Imagine the smell of salt air mixed with cotton candy and seafood. A couple of weeks ago some Ecuadorian friends cooked something similar to this - fish ... [Read more]

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About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. If this is your first visit, start here. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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