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Dawn's digressions I got restless. So I went to Ecuador to learn how to make compost and speak better Spanish.

Lares Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

PERU | Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 | Views [563] | Comments [2]

I'm now back in Cusco after having spent three days walking the beautiful Lares Inca Trail. It was a wonderful walk, challenging, perfectly paced and truly stunning. We encountered many indigenous people along the way and were fortunate enough to be ... Read more >

Peru is great

PERU | Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 | Views [482] | Comments [2]

Since my horrible journey here I've only had positive experiences in Cusco. It's a really beautiful city, despite the throngs of tourists. I'm quite enjoying the tourists actually, as I'm ready to head home soon and they make me feel as if I'm half way ... Read more >

What can go wrong, will go wrong

ECUADOR | Saturday, 12 Jul 2008 | Views [1291]

As I mentioned in my last post (which I forgot to switch to "live", sorry!), I'm now in Cusco. The plan was to take an 8-hour bus trip across the border to Piura, fly from there to Lima, sleep in the airport for a few hours, and then fly on ... Read more >

A cabin in the mountains...

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | Views [515]

The last two days here in Vilcabamba have been truly wonderful. It's an outstandingly beautiful place, a tiny town snuggled into the lush green Andes, which rise up on all sides. We stayed at Cabañas Rio Yambala, a handful of cosy adobe and wood cabins ... Read more >

I love Vilacabamba, too.

ECUADOR | Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | Views [1866] | Comments [2]

After a cracking few days in Cuenca, one of the most beautiful cities I've been too, Jenn and I are now in Vilcabamba for a spot of hiking and relaxation. It's a beautiful little place from what we've seen so far, nestled in the green lower slopes of ... Read more >

I love Cuenca

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | Views [882] | Comments [2]

We've been in Cuenca for two days now and I love the place. The architecture is stunning, lots of beautiful colonial buildings and cobbled streets. The atmosphere is friendly and there's lots of cultural stuff going on. And the shops! Every third one ... Read more >


GERMANY | Sunday, 29 Jun 2008 | Views [413] | Comments [3]

All finished on the farm! As much as I enjoyed my time there, it was definitely time to move on and see more of the country. Natasha, Jenn and I have come to Puerto Lopez on the southern coast of Manabí kind of by accident. We were headed for an eco-... Read more >

A few musings...

ECUADOR | Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Views [593] | Comments [8]

It's Sunday now and I feel nicely relaxed, as I steered clear of the partying last night and went to bed at around 9. Never let it be said that I don't know how to have a good time! It seems as though I missed lots of mischievous goings on though. Still, ... Read more >

Not much to report

ECUADOR | Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Views [497]

Only one more week to go on the farm and I can’t wait to get going and see more of the country. One month would have sufficed really. I’m a little tired of being trapped in this tiny world consisting of the farm, Canoa – where there’s nothing to do ... Read more >

The most wonderful Galapagos

ECUADOR | Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 | Views [579] | Comments [2]

Hello again! I’ve just been to one of the most incredible places on Earth and am really rather pleased about it. Yesterday I flew back to the mainland from the Galapagos after spending a week touring the islands on very tiny boat (the Merak – I don’t ... Read more >


ECUADOR | Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | Views [963] | Comments [3]

Mindo is a lovely little town in the Andes and is where I’ve spent the last three days with Nicol. Just over two hours from Quito, it’s such a stark contrast to the capital. The people are so friendly and everyone greets each other in the street, ... Read more >

Gallery: Out and about in Ecuador

ECUADOR | Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

Weekends and free time during my travels
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Gallery: On the farm

ECUADOR | Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

On and around Rio Muchacho Organic Farm
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GERMANY | Sunday, 1 Jun 2008 | Views [316] | Comments [1]

It’s been a good couple of days here in Quito. On Friday we took the TeleferiQo cable car up to Volcan Pichincha which, at 4,100 m, offers amazing views over the city. I walked up a little further and I have never felt so exhausted from doing so little ... Read more >

To Quito...

GERMANY | Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | Views [326]

It’s been a short week this week, with just three days of classes. Tonight we’re taking the bus to Quito to visit an organic farm just outside the city tomorrow, and hopefully a seed bank run by a very inspirational man named Javier, who came ... Read more >

Getting restless...

GERMANY | Sunday, 25 May 2008 | Views [323] | Comments [2]

Tired is the word that best describes today. As has become customary at the weekends, we piled into the back of Ruben’s truck yesterday and headed for the tiny surf town of Canoa for happy hour at Bambu followed by happy hour at Surf Shak followed ... Read more >

Week two

ECUADOR | Saturday, 17 May 2008 | Views [380] | Comments [2]

The second week of the course is over now and it was just as good as the first. Again, we seem to have covered lots in quite a short time: organic pest management, plant nutrition, fertilizers, and lots more. I’m now able to identify different plant ... Read more >

On the farm

GERMANY | Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [453] | Comments [5]

I’m on the farm. And it’s soooooo much better than Quito! The bus trip from Quito was a long one, but bearable. It took around nine and a half hours in all, with stunning views almost all the way. We drove up out of the Andean valley in which Quito ... Read more >

Off to the farm

GERMANY | Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [609] | Comments [4]

There's not much to report today, as yesterday was quite uneventful. Got up late, tried some Ecuadorian food: sweetened cornmeal dumplings steamed in corn husks with cheese melted over the top for breakfast, very tasty. And ceviche for lunch - a thin ... Read more >

It's raining.

GERMANY | Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [519] | Comments [1]

A lot. I must have been exceptionally lucky with the weather for the first couple of days {hence the mild sunburn} because now it's coming down by the bucketload, and did yesterday, too. So I went to the national museum of Ecuador for a few hours.... Read more >

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