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Quito January 11-14 2016

On January 11 we left Otavalo for Quito. We liked La Luna lodge so we packed without enthusiasm and took our time with breakfast. I even got a few last minutes in the hammock locking out over the mountains while Eliot chatted with Suzie (the Czech, Swedish Shaman). We taxied to the bus station and followed the shouts of “Quito Quito […]

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Filet Mignon

I grew up in a time of violence in Colombia where traveling was extremely dangerous. There were towns that the guerrillas would take over and either kill all its inhabitants and make them work for them while they were committing atrocities. Dead bodies on the road in Colombia while growing up was nothing out of […]

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Open or not the gay travellers dilemma

On January 8, 2016 we left Pasto Colombia for Otavalo Ecuador.  We arrived at the bus station at 8.30  and were directed by shouts to an Ipiales bound coach. The bus was an overnighter that had left  Cali @ 11pm the night before. Good news -there was AC and a bathroom, bad news – we […]

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Food in Latin America Part 2- Pets in Restaurants

The official currency of Ecuador is the US$ and  the guide books tell you that it is hard to break a 20. We found this out when we were trying to buy bus tickets from the border town of Tulcan to Otavalo.  Having an hour to kill Eliot, Thomas ( an Austrian that we shared […]

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Food In Latin America vs Canada Part 1 Festival de cuy (guinea pig)

On January 7, we went to the festival de cuy  (guinea pig).  Cuy are an important traditional food of the indigenous people in the area and this was the place to celebrate Cuy. The festival site could be any country fair site, a running track, bleachers, a bandstand, vendors and beer sellers.  There were tented restaurants […]

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Popayan to Pasto- Carnival de Blancos Y Negros

January 6, started with an early morning sprint with our packs to the Popoyan bus station to catch our 7 am bus to Pasto. It had rained and I was slipping on the stones and annoyed at Eliot’s insistence that we walk rather than taxi.   My head was still in north america, I expected a modern […]

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Why Travel?

A couple of days ago Eliot told me that he wanted to go home.  He was suffering from a splitting headache a- complication from the Chiconguna virus he got from a mosquito bite and was at a low point.  It was a very hot night and the neighbours were blasting salsa music in the street. This is […]

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Colombian Fiddlers on The Roof

On the drive from the Cali Airport to Guadalajara de Buga (Buga) we passed a scooter on the highway with three people on it: a man, a woman and an infant. The man was driving, and the woman was behind him, holding on to the man with her right arm. Her left arm held the […]

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Transition from Canada to Colombia – Ask Someone Who Knows

My trip began with an overnight flight from YVR to Toronto on an Air Canada 777. I booked a business class flight on points which became available two weeks before my departure. For my trouble and the extra points, I got a lie flat seat, priority boarding and a meal. The “lie flat” seat was a […]

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