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Cinnamon Roll Doh!

A couple of weeks ago I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  I made the dough the day before, kneading it by hand, and letting it rise for 2 hours before forming the rolls.  I then let them rise for another 2 hours before leaving them in the fridge overnight so they could be baked the next…

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The Dog Dilemma

I’ve heard that there are around 100,000 stray dogs in Cuenca.  That figure might surprise me if 78,597 of them didn’t gather to bark just outside our bedroom window every night.  Here’s a snippet from a few nights ago, just to give you a taste. Whoever let the dogs out, I’m gonna hunt you down…   Considering…

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We Bought a Zoo, Too

Matt Damon had a great idea.  Because, really, buying a zoo is only a step up from having kids.  So, why not buy a zoo?  Ok, we didn’t really buy a zoo.  We just bought tickets to the zoo, but it was probably even better than buying a zoo.  All of the intimacy without all of the…

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Third World Problems

Can I call Ecuador a Third World Country?  I looked it up, and by one definition apparently I can.  Though living in the city we have enough modern conveniences that it hardly feels accurate.  “Second World” seems more appropriate since it feels somewhere in between first and third world conditions.  I now know that’s not what…

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A Typical Neighborhood

I’m a big fan of jigsaw puzzles.  I always loved when my dad pulled out the new Thanksgiving and Christmas puzzles.  I still like to tease my mom by loudly tapping on each piece I place to announce my achievement to the group (she insists she never does this, but we all know the truth!).…

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Wheelchairs, Soccer Balls and Blacktop

What do get when you combine wheelchairs, a soccer ball, and blacktop?  A wicked game of fútbol, that’s what!  Last week we visited an orphanage that serves special needs children.  The majority have cerebral palsy and require the use of wheelchairs, but that doesn’t stand in the way of having fun.  Our family of six…

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Park It Right Here

In Ecuador they have the best parks! There are ziplines, work out machines, race tracks, obstacle courses, and many other fun things. I especially like the park, Parque de la Madre (Park of the Mother) it has all the things I talked about and more. It was right by our first apartment, and we would…