28. september 2018
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11. september 2018
One last tourist attraction; el Mitad del Mundo; the middle of the world. The Equatorian line. The first (very vague) picture we stand in front of a statue that depicts the way the indigenous dress up to make fun of the Spanish conquerors and the Catholic Church (the 12 apostels on top of the head). The second and third picture we were asked to walk on the exact equatorial line with our eyes closed, so we could feel how many forces were pulling us from left and right. Nobody managed to walk...
08. september 2018
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27. augustus 2018
After being ok with all the unanswered questions, life has become a bit more peaceful for me. Although it sometimes feels like walking around in a dream (a bit too peaceful?). The fact that we will leave Ecuador has a profound effect on how I 'stand' here apparently. When we do our (almost) daily walk I notice this. It is almost like it could be any country in the world and I have to prepare myself for the fact that the people we come across along the way, talk Spanish and are Ecuadorians. So;...
19. augustus 2018
When I look back at this year in Ecuador and what the hell the purpose of being here actually was, I can only see a lot of questions. I have also been contemplating a lot of questions about my life throughout this year. I used to pride myself on my ability to answer questions. I had an enormous drive to answer questions, even. And I would GET answers. Either out of meditation or from other people. For someone who has the urge to answer all questions, not knowing the future is, for instance,...
15. augustus 2018
I am sure we will never ever have a 'normal' life (whatever that is), so trying to surf the waves without too much tumbling and chaos, is probably all we can do. So last week we decide to go back to Europe and probably go to Spain. This means we have to sell everything we have managed to accumulate in a year. And even though we came on a plane with only suitcases with clothes and some tools and bedlinen, we have managed to fill a house up with stuff again, by now. And what to think of the...
05. augustus 2018
What would you say if we told you we are going to leave Ecuador? Some people said ‘I never thought you were going to stay there anyway. It had its purpose probably for the time you were there…’ Others said (or thought) ‘you are crazy anyway, so it is not a surprise.’ And; ‘I never understood your reasoning’s anyway and I still don’t.’ So it seems we were the only ones who thought we were going to be here for years. What would you reply when we would say that there is not ONE...
29. juli 2018
It was great having had a sense of peace and quiet and some stability for a bit. But it didn't last long. It started going into chaos again last week Monday. I didn't write about the business idea anymore, because it was so up-and-down, that I was hoping to bring it out as a 'package', something that we had 'started with'. But somehow we never seemed to get to that point. After the friends from Quito hooked off, we found people who actually seemed even more promising. The whole idea was to get...
18. juli 2018
After solving all the problems (this took some time) we seem to be living comfortably in this house now. The problem-solving started with solving the water issue. When we started living here we found out that the whole watersystem of the house ran through a big tank (which was on the hill behind the house) and needed a pump to get good waterpressure. This was the first thing that appeared broken on THE DAY of the move. Apparently it had been broken for some time; the general water supply of...
04. juli 2018
I was born in Veenendaal on the 6th floor of a highrise. My parents were from Limburg, so I learned only this accent, growing up. The kids and the teacher at kindergarten couldn't understand my accent, so my parents switched to 'actual' Dutch. When I was 4, we moved to Nieuw Vennep, where we lived in a very new, just finished, part of an -also- new town. I spoke almost accent-less Dutch by then. The rest of my life people have never been able to tell were I was born, because the way I spoke...

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