You can't really travel at the moment without talking about COVID. I know people who still won't travel, partly out of fear of getting COVID itself but largely out of the fear of COVID disruptions. That is, having to change flights and hotels if they get sick, losing money on reservations, needing to be hospitalized … Continue reading Obligatory COVID (and General Safety) Post
Ecuador Earlier this year I went to Croatia, which is part of the EU but doesn't use the Euro, and Montenegro, which is not part of the EU but does use the Euro. Slightly annoying. Not the Euro part - I don't mind if I have leftover Euros because I'll use them eventually. But having … Continue reading The All-Mighty Dollar
Now that I've been in Argentina for a few weeks, it's time to wrap up the Ecuador posts with a few last thoughts and impressions. People People in Ecuador are so, so, so friendly. It's kind of impossible not to feel good in this country when everyone around you is so nice all the time. … Continue reading Un Poquito de Todo (Ecuador)
The mythical Arcadia is a place of harmony with nature, a utopia free of pride and avarice, uncorrupted by civilization, over which Pan—god of wild nature—reigns. It has been imagined, written about, painted, and depicted in media over for thousands of years. Many towns around the world have given themselves this name, ambitiously, foolishly, ironically. … Continue reading Arcadia? Athens? Cuenca!
In Mrs. Perriera 's 7th grade Spanish class, we learned that the translation for "cool" was "chévere". In all the time I've spent in Spanish-speaking countries (Spain, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Cuba), I've never heard anyone use that word. Until now! People of all ages use it in Ecuador and they use it … Continue reading ¿Cómo Se Dice…?
Science is more fun when you see it in action. Some things I already knew, like that the boiling temperature of water is lower at higher altitudes. And of course I've seen pictures of the wildlife on the Galápagos Islands, but I had to see some it for myself. Currents You are probably familiar with … Continue reading The Science of the Equator
You might have thought I was finished with megapeaks for 2021 when I posted this at the end of the summer, but no. Oh no. Far from it. Plans for Ecuador's volcano alley were already underway at that time, and now, they are accomplished. I only made it to three, though I hiked in the … Continue reading Touching the Sky