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...
28. juni 2018
How is it possible that so many events can happen in such a small timeframe? And that all the events carry some form of pain and emotion in them? We came back from the coast to Cuenca last week Tuesday. It is cold here. Really cold. 7 Degrees at night and, if it is sunny, 19-20 degrees during the day. Winter in Cuenca. We met with people about our business idea last week Wednesday. We were in an airbnb in the centre of town untill Friday. It is a new experience for me to be in a centre of any...
16. juni 2018
We were all a bit weary of going back to the coast (especially Lem). The memory of heat and humidity were not very appealing. Especially not after the great (sunny, not hot, but pleasant) weather in Quito. Our friends had already let us know they had arrived on the coast and they wondered what we had meant with it being 'hot'. It crossed their minds that it must be due to us being Dutch ('they don't know what hot is!'). Nikki wrote she couldn't even wear shorts, because it was too cold?! When...
10. juni 2018
We ended our time in Ayampe, on the coast, with a visit to a nature reserve. It was a sunny day (!!! The only sunny day that week!!!). The nature reserve has a beach (Playa de los Frailes) that is stunning. I had to laugh about myself; when we walked onto the beach, I saw in the distance a piece of secluded beach. I instantly wanted to go there. While walking there (there were hardly any people on the beach anyway, but still…) I pondered this need to be secluded and alone. Or ‘the first...
29. mei 2018
Canoa is a nice place. It is – of course- very warm and humid here, although less so then further North. And mosquito wise; there were hardly any. Looking at how badly we handle warmth and humidity; maybe the coast IS simply not doable for us? Even if we want it to be? This is a question that arises now and again. We did some swimming in the sea and arranged some necessary administration. One part of the administration required Eric to spend a day at a notary: Remember the small piece of land...

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