Thursday, January 21, 2016

Favorite Experiences in Ecuador

Thursday, January 21, 2016

After spending two weeks in Ecuador, I must agree that there is truth to the country’s slogan All You Need is Ecuador.  With its vibrant colonial centers, indigenous villages, awe-inspiring peaks, tropical rainforests, and diverse wildlife, the country, indeed, has it all.  We spent time in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site that sits in the foothills of the Andes, in the verdant Amazon rainforest, and along the majestic Avenue of the Volcanoes.

Here are my favorite experiences:

Hiking to Volcan Quilotoa

Rafting in the Amazon

Straddling the northern and southern hemispheres 
at La Mitad del Mundo

Riding a tandem bike with my travel partner at Parque El Ejido in Quito

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Some people hate happy endings

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Some people—and I am one of them—hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm is the norm. Doom should not jam. The avalanche stopping in its tracks a few feet above the cowering village behaves not only unnaturally but unethically. Had I been reading about this mild old man, instead of writing about him, I would have preferred him to discover, upon his arrival to Cremona, that his lecture was not this Friday but the next. Actually, however, he not only arrived safely but was in time for dinner - a fruit cocktail, to begin with, mint jelly with the anonymous meat course, chocolate syrup with the vanilla ice cream.

~ Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin, 1957

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Favorite Experiences in Colombia

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Before the memories fade and the reality of the mundane wholly supplants the enchantment of the foreign, I should recount the lovely time I had traveling in Colombia. I’ll start with a list of my favorite experiences.

Tasting my first bandeja paisa

Seeing a 10-storey tall image of Gabriel Garcia Marquez painted on a building in Bogota

Listening to street musicians in Salento

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