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...
20. mei 2018
Luis’ Hosteria is tucked away following a little road off the Coastal highway. The road there was full of putholes, a teeth rattling ride. The little town of Las Penas, where the Hosteria was near, had clearly known better days. The fact that the Colombian border issue had chased away tourists was very noticeable. Everything was set up for tourism, but over the years it had fallen apart. The houses, the restaurants, huge hotel complexes with swim paradises with glides and the lot…all in...
15. mei 2018
It was hard, coming back from the jungle. We drove that day, Monday the 30th of April, from 600 meters altitude to 3 km high. The landscape changed dramatically, as did the weather. It became cold and cloudy. The mountains and volcanoes around our destination didn’t interest me. But once again we had to conclude that the area’s in between the dramatic changes, were most beautiful. That meant; the going up (or down) between the Andes and the Amazone. We reached Cotacachi without having...
02. mei 2018
One week of jungle…what shall I say! It was quite an experience, wow! Of course it is hot. It is humid. And this worried us a bit beforehand; would we be able to handle this? How dangerous is the jungle really, if we would walk through it? With no malaria/dengue or zika precautions, would we be ok? Or would we be stung by mosquitos and constantly worry if the sting carried a virus or parasite? We booked an Airbnb in Tena, a real ‘town in the jungle’. It was an apartment, rented out by a...
19. april 2018
The first two days of our holiday really felt like holiday. The sun was shining, there was a swimming pool, everything went smoothly. We played pool and table tennis, while enjoying a cocktail in the evening. We played games together; Uno and other card games, mastermind, rummycub. We connected and talked, the 5 of us. You know; real holiday-feel. We also had a great farewell dinner with Nikki and JF on Saturday evening in an artisenal brewery. It helped the good mood that we had finished...
12. april 2018
The strange things is; the travelling ahead of us scares me. Not in the sense of 'excitement' kind of scared, but just plain old fear. I already felt this since we decided to do this (the travelling), but for a long time I could ignore it. The travelling was still far away, many bridges to built, many roads to take, before we would get there. But now...we are almost there. Just a few more days and we go. For someone who has done major emigrations -to countries that are more then 10 hour flight...
10. april 2018
Interesting process, this 'obtaining an Ecuadorian driver's licence'. We started more then a month ago, by learning the 330 questions and multiple choice answers in Spanish, for the theory exam. In the last weeks we mostly practiced the 20 questions test from the website that overlooks all traffic related things in Ecuador. We thought we were well prepared. We received our 'proof that our Dutch driver's licence is real' appostilled and well a few weeks ago. Within a few days we had it...
25. maart 2018
The car is completely fixed and checked; The bolt (or whatever it is) that connects the wheel to the axis was renewed on both wheels (just in case). The wiring for the ABS appeared to be damaged and they didn't close the transmission thing well, after changing the transmission oil, so it leaked oil. But all that is solved as well. As far as we can tell, we have a well-functioning car now. Xander, a friend from Eric who looks after our mail in the Netherlands, has helped us get the paperwork for...

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