Memories of a Carnivore: A Vegetarian in Korea

Memories of a Carnivore: Adventures in Eating Ethically, by Julie Dupuis.

While I was in Korea, I wrote most of a book. I had to sit on it, go back to it, let it go through its process (which took a lot longer than most of the writing did). At the time, I didn’t know it was a book. I suspected it might be, but I never dreamed that […]

Hair Cares in Ecuador and Peru: Take It All Off!

A short-haired young woman with no hair cares smiles proudly in the bell tower of the Monestario de Santa Catalina in Quito, Ecuador.

Familiarity. Confidence. Sometimes you have to let go. Now try incompatibility and uncertainty. Transitions aren’t always easy. That’s what I told myself when I decided to crop my hair shoooort before travelling sola to Ecuador and Peru for three months. The locks fell away and I was smitten. Why did I ever have long hair? External self-discovery before […]

March for Merazonia: The La Cloche Silhouette Trek

Scenic landscape view of the tree-dotted white quartzite cliffs of the La Cloche Silhouette Trail during the March for Merazonia.

I was out on a day hike in Killarney Provincial Park, located on the shores of Georgian Bay between Parry Sound and Sudbury, Ontario, when the idea struck for the March for Merazonia. It was early May, the weather was beautiful, the northern verdure was blooming and blossoming in every direction, and I was inspired. I thought to […]

Building a Future for Ecuador’s Fauna at Merazonia

I took this photo of the Rio Pastaza just outside of Mera on our way back from Merazonia one day after working hard building a future for Ecuador's fauna.

Imagine zooming along winding mountain roads in a rickety old bus, feasting your eyes on the changing scenery heading south from Quito, insatiable. Imagine chatting away with an amicable Ecuadorian who points out various sights: a famous waterfall, a deep ravine, a bridge off which to bungee jump, a good discoteca, his own restaurant. Imagine being dropped off […]

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Revisiting the Past — Some Things Forgotten in Quito

Revisiting the past to this night on Calle Rocafuerte in Quito Ecuador.

Rereading my travel notes, I’ve noticed some exclusions or now have a different take on previous observations. So it’s time to start revisiting the past and correcting a few mistakes. For example, my very first post from Ecuador describes two men in Quito who may or may not have been laughing at my short hair. Naively, I assumed […]

Crossing the Ecuadorian-Peruvian Border

Beautiful view of Ecuador's countryside from the bus, somewhere before crossing the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border.

Yesterday saw me crossing the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border. I travelled alone from Loja to Piura, Brandon having gone to Vilcabamba in Ecuador. A Brilliant Bus Ride in Ecuador The scenery from the bus was just amazing! There were some pretty cool trees which a local man told me are called ceiba. The ceiba trees I saw grow in all […]

Hiking Near Loja: Parque Podocarpus

Waterfall in Ecuador's Parque Nacional Podocarpus.

I was pretty happy to leave Cuenca and head for Loja. Even though I’ve only been gone from Mera for a week, I’m already sick of cities and just wanna go back to the countryside. Seeking some good hiking near Loja, I visited Parque Nacional Podocarpus, only about an hour and a half away by bus. Funny thing, […]

Down Time in Cuenca

Sitting by the river for some down time in Cuenca.

Brandon and I left Baños at about six yesterday morning. The bus ride to Cuenca took all day — we only got into the city around dinnertime. We planned nothing more for our brief stay than a bit of down time in Cuenca, so after supper, we headed to a café for a game of cribbage over hot […]

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