What not to give a mother on Mother’s Day

Remember those days when the idea of being awoken from slumber to a serenade under the full moon seemed so romantic?  Well, I just lived that dream, and can testify that it is not nearly so romantic in real life!  Let me rewind to tell you the story in full. Saturday night I was tucked…

An Introduction to Almuerzo

Lunch is the big meal of the day here in Ecuador.  Though in many restaurants you can order from a menu for lunch, most locals opt for almuerzo.  When you walk into a restaurant the server will usually ask if you want almuerzo.  Though it officially means “lunch,” it more specifially means the lunch of the day.…

That’s not what I meant to say…

Do you ever mean to say one thing, but end up saying something else?  When you’re an English speaker trying to communicate in Spanish this happens regularly, often with funny results.  Though two words may sound virtually the same, they typically have very different meanings.  The results can be quite funny (and sometimes embarrassing).  Since we enjoy laughing at ourselves,…

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…

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…

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…

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…