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Locro de papa

We had a group cooking lesson at the Yanapuma Spanish School. We learned to make locro de papa, a traditional Ecuadorian potato-based soup with queso fresco and avocado. The recipe seems to be slightly different everywhere, and amounts below are “to taste” – no measuring spoons here! The result is a thick, filling soup. We’ve […]

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Yanapuma Spanish School

We spent the mornings of our two weeks in Cuenca at the excellent Yanapuma Spanish School. While each of us has had varying amounts of formal Spanish instruction, Lauren and I haven’t studied Spanish for about 20 years and the boys are still beginners. We opted for private lessons for the boys. Their wonderful instructor […]

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In which Nate kisses a llama

Quito lies in a valley surrounded by mountains, most of them volcanoes. The western edge of the city wraps around the base of Pichincha, an active volcano that had a major eruption as recently as 1999. Ecuadorians seem completely unfazed by the volcanoes, and have built a gondola – the TelefériQo – up the side […]

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Packing, and packing up

Packing for the trip turned out to be far easier than packing up the house. Though we’re leaving the house furnished, cleaning out our personal stuff took far more work than I anticipated. Even after selling, donating, or recycling countless items, there was still an embarrassing amount of trash that had to go out. Save […]

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Transition

Friday was my last day of work. I was there nearly 5 years. It was a good run with some of the best people I’ve ever known. I leave with very mixed emotions: I’m sad to be leaving, and at the same time I’m eagerly anticipating the future. We’ve dreamed about this trip for so […]