I shouldn’t feel like I have to cross the street- in a supposedly safe neighborhood, in broad daylight- to avoid the man nearly twice my age who tells me “Hola princessa,” no matter what I’m wearing, but especially when it’s a sweatshirt and sweatpants. I shouldn’t have to avoid going to stand in the back […]

Heeyyyyy, long time no blog. I’ve been really lazy busy lately (well, maybe a little bit of both), but I hope you had a lovely Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/New Years. Mine was different than normal, but rather nice all the same. On Monday the 15th of December I landed in Coca, Ecuador, at the tiniest airport I’ve ever seen, […]

Wednesday I went to the Mercado Artesanal (artisanal markets) with Luiza and a friend of hers from school. We took the tram that runs north to south on Avenida 6 de Deciembre, and no matter what time of day it is, these are always packed and personal space doesn’t exist (which means creepy men think they […]

December 6th is el día de Quito, the anniversary of Quito’s founding in 1534 by Spanish conquistadors (although native tribes were here centuries before that). This whole week it’s been one constant party. Last Saturday we decorated our Christmas tree and the rest of the house. This is the first time I’ve ever had a fake tree- […]

If I had to pick, I’d have to say that autumn is my favorite season. (But the great thing about living in a place where they change is that you don’t have to choose). Corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin picking, apple cider, Halloween, apple picking, Thanksgiving, Friday night football games, cranberry picking, Christmas tree cutting, St. […]

So Saturday morning I was sitting around waiting to get ready for my afternoon plans when I got a craving for something sweet, but not necessarily something chocolate-y (not chocolate? There must be something wrong with me). Black beans worked great as a base for a sweet chocolate dessert, why wouldn’t garbanzo for another flavor? […]

Despite the focus of this blog, aside from the time I’ve spent in the kitchen and a never ending parade of almuerzos, my experiences here haven’t been overly gastronomically oriented. Rather, they look a little something like this: Friday night puppet show to kick off the international festival de títeres in La Plaza Independencia in […]