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This is a post by Magali Ipina, a Canadian expat living in Quito, Ecuador. She started her own Advertising Agency in Quito 3 years ago, Reversal Studio. Check out their site and Facebook page. Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel in the Galapagos Two years ago, I had the great privilege to travel to Galapagos, a destination [...]

Have you ever thought about blogging as being therapeutic? It can be, much the way keeping a diary is – except better. The first definition Merriam-Webster gives for therapeutic is: “producing good effects on your body or mind.” Blogging can do both in a number of ways. 8 Reasons Blogging Is Therapeutic  Here are my top [...]

Whenever you move somewhere new, you experience new things, good and bad. Here are my firsts from my move to Ecuador. In Ecuador I have: seen cockroaches… lots of them (but they weren’t in my house :) ) seen a moth as big as a small bat… inside our apartment eaten a guinea pig (cuy) bought a watermelon [...]

You are at a restaurant in South America, you’re ready to order. You pick up the Spanish menu, try to figure out what it says and then try to order in English. This probably wouldn’t work very well. Here are some phrases to know when you are at a restaurant. On the last Spanish Phrases, someone asked [...]

I like the buses in Ecuador. Before we got a car, we used buses all the time. I liked standing up on them, although I hardly ever did. Dad wouldn’t let me because it was kind of dangerous. They were really bouncy! You know how a bus isn’t allowed to stop unless you’re at a bus stop? Not here! Sometimes the driver will [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

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