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The Tricks and Trades of Transmigration

Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | Views [500]

In 2000 when Ecuadorian currency reached a record high inflation, the government abruptly converted to US dollars.  What did this mean for Ecuadorians?  Well, for example, a family-owned home worth 800,000 sucres was suddenly a mere 4,000 dollars (excuse ... Read more >

Tags: Work

Oh, The United States of America

Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | Views [546]

Today, Fulbright grantees were ordered to appear at the US Embassy for a security briefing.  Our global, academic group was intermingled with four new embassy employees, and various embassy veterans administered the entire group.  First we were obliged ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Mischief on the Mountain

Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | Views [1081] | Comments [3]

While planning my trip to Ecuador, I took into account the essentials, including a book called ¨Climbing and Hiking in Ecuador,¨ written by Mark Thurber. Now of course I intended to bury into research and academia during my stay, but I also intended ... Read more >

Tags: Lost!

Mushrooms and Garlic

Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | Views [833] | Comments [3]

I spent my entire first day in Quito flinging about the phrase " Que bello !"   Well of course I meant " Que lindo " or " Que bueno ," but blank stares were hardly a source of correction.   Was my pronunciation off? ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!


Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | Views [557] | Comments [1]

As usual, I'm increasingly intrigued by the food system here.   My family shops at the SuperMaxi, I imagine comparable to Stop & Shop.   They shop there because, as opposed to the local markets, it offers fresh, clean, and organic products.   ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Meet the Family

Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | Views [706] | Comments [4]

Saturday, Sept. 15 2007 They say; " El cielo de Quito es como el caractar de las mujeres.   Muy variable ."   Well, if you ask me, I just blame it on the mountains.   The city is surrounded by an extraordinary panorama of rolling ... Read more >

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