Life-size Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the cast of Star Wars and Captain America burning in the street—that’s who I spent my New Year’s Eve with in 2015. I’ve never seen anything like January 31st in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito. Much of the city dresses up in crazy costume. I met the Grim Reaper,, Read More

If you’re visiting Ecuador, all the top-ten lists you will suggest the Otavalo Market.  It is the largest outdoor market in South America located 1.5 to 3 hours north of Quito, depending how you get there. Public transportation can take a long time, so we booked a private car for two to take us, Read More

The small South American country of Ecuador is literally in the middle of the world.  The equator cuts through just north of the capital, Quito, dividing the hemispheres, so naturally, there’s a monument.  If you are one of those people who loves a great photo op, this is the place for you! There are, Read More

I had two weeks to travel anywhere in the world—the only problem was that we had to leave right after Christmas when plane flights are pretty pricey.  I searched on Kayak ( for flights without a destination. The site doesn’t search exact dates, but does give you a general idea of what counties/cities have, Read More