GringosAbroad Ecuador

February 2013

We were at the Mall del Rio in Cuenca and we decided to go for hot chocolate at La Español Cafe. I saw on the menu: Hot Chocolate With Mozzarella Cheese. “That’s weird…” I thought. “Why would hot chocolate come with mozzarella cheese on the side ?” I thought it sounded interesting so I bought it. You can’t imagine the surprise I got! [...]

Are You Concerned about GMOs in Ecuador?

Ecuador Food, Living in Ecuador

Earlier today a topic came up in the comment stream on another post and then also on our Facebook page: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ecuador. Living in Ecuador for more than 3 years has blinded us to certain topics that are on everyone’s minds back home (both in Canada and the United States). While I remember [...]

Author Bio: Domenick Buonamici is the owner of the new Quito Airport Suites, just minutes from the main entrance of the new airport in Quito, Ecuador. See more at When flying to Ecuador, you only have two options, you can fly into Guayaquil or Quito. This week on February 20th, 2013 the new international airport [...]

Chordeleg is famous for its skilled artisans that make beautiful silver jewelry. It’s unlike any jewelry I’ve ever seen. The silver is twisted and woven into beautiful designs. Chordeleg is a nice little town not far from Cuenca. This special technique is called filigrana and is amazingly detailed. We have seen filigrana being sold here in Cuenca and [...]

You have just landed at the Cuenca airport and you are anxious to begin your Ecuador adventure. But first, you wonder what you will say to people trying to help you. Everyone speaks Spanish, a language you are not familiar with. So what will you say? Here are a few simple phrases you need to know when you [...]

The Realities of Total Spanish Immersion

Language Learning, Our Perspective

You’ve probably heard about total Spanish immersion and how awesome it is for learning a foreign language, right? Well that’s is true, but what you often don’t hear about is how challenging it is! When a family is plopped down in the middle of a total Spanish immersion experience it’s not all fun and games. [...]

A few weeks ago, I went to the orchidarium with my mom and my grandparents. It was really nice. When we were talking about going, I wasn’t very exited. I like flowers, but not that much. This time though, it was different. The orchids are the prettiest flowers I have ever seen.  At the Orchidarium, they have 350 species of orchids. [...]

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