On weekdays, we’re usually working out of the house, but on weekends we’re very busy out and about. We started off our Cuenca Ecuador Day In the Life with a walk to Mall del Río for the annual Viva Salud (Healthy Living) event. However, it was a lot different this year than last. Life in Ecuador is often like a box of chocolates…
Amelia And JP are American expats living in colorful, tranquilo Ecuador. We’re living our unconventional life, and we encourage you to live yours, whatever that may be.
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost
We love walking around Cuenca on Sundays because the city is so quiet. Most of the stores are closed on Sunday and there usually aren’t very many people out so it’s the perfect day to walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery….
Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to volunteer at the Los Amigos de Manolo dog rescue here in Cuenca Ecuador. Brian, one of the volunteers, saw us on YouTube and thought we might like to come film a video about the work they’re doing to care for and find homes for Cuenca’s homeless dogs….
A lot of people ask us what we eat, so we thought we’d show them in this What We Eat In A Day video. Plus, I also show you how to cut a mango without getting “mango hand.”
Amelia was very excited to get a hummingbird tattoo from Topo Tattoo Cuenca Ecuador. It’s her very first tattoo and she LOVES IT!!!
The hummingbird has a lot of meaning for Amelia, mainly because that’s the nickname I gave her quite a while ago. She’s always fluttering around the house with seemingly boundless energy, but she also loves the beauty and gracefulness of hummingbirds….
Today, we decided to do a Cuenca Ecuador River Walk along the 5 rivers that run through the city: Tarqui, Yanuncay, Tomebamba, Milchichig & Machángara….
This is a fun day in the life video! We took a short walk to some neighborhood shops to start the day, but we ended the day with some sweat inducing Indian Food in Cuenca Ecuador.
In the afternoon, Amelia went to Tribal Fusion for belly dancing class and we ended up at Namaste India for dinner. We had planned on grabbing a pizza para llevar (for takeout) at Fratello, but Amelia and I miscommunicated our plans and they were closed by the time Amelia finished up with belly dancing….
Today we ventured down to Tienda Néctar Cuenca located in El Centro, one of our favorite organic food markets. They carry a few things like tahini, dates and organic soaps that can be difficult to find. They also get Braggs Liquid Aminos on occasion.
After Tienda Néctar, we came back home for lunch and then left again for Jungle Gym back in El Centro on Calle Larga. On our way back home, we got caught in a rainstorm. We waited for about 10 minutes in the ATM kiosk at Banco Pichincha and then under the awning at the Valgus Hotel….
International Cube Day happened to fall on Independence Day here in Cuenca, Ecuador this year and we opted to do an Anonymous for the Voiceless Cube of Truth instead of partaking in the Independence Day festivities….
This weekend is bustling with activity here in Cuenca Ecuador as we celebrate Cuenca Days 2018. Cuenca achieved its independence from Spain on November 3rd, 1820 and they pull out all the stops to celebrate Independence Day with art fairs, food festivals, parades, concerts and fireworks….
We walked to Tosta to get some fresh baked, warm sourdough bread near our house here in Cuenca Ecuador. On our way back home, we stopped by Goza Café Cuenca to get some delicious, dark Ecuadorian coffee….
Today we did another one of our Sunday afternoon city walking tours. On our way to the Cuenca Flower Market, we stopped by Télicioso Tea Room to get some of our favorite tea.
Then, after we bought Amelia some new earrings and some beautiful flowers at the flower market, we went to Simón for some papas fritas y cervezas (we recorded this in March 2018 before I realized I still had high cholesterol)….
This Cube of Truth Cuenca Ecuador is the first time Amelia and I have ever participated in any sort of protest…EVER! It doesn’t really fit our personalities. We prefer to lead by example and live a quiet life, free of conflict.
However, our buena amiga (good friend) Rosy from Fratello Vegan started a Facebook group called AV Cuenca, Ecuador, which is a chapter of the Anonymous for the Voiceless group founded in Australia….
The Best FREE Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador is just a few steps away! We hike up to the Turi Church at least once per week, but usually 2 or 3 times per week. There are 439 stairs leading up to Turi, but the shortcut we take adds another 126 stairs plus some steep hills. It really is the best free Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador!
For our first tourist-y excursion since we’ve been in Cuenca, Ecuador, we took a trip east of town to three different artisan villages: San Bartolomé, Chordeleg and Gualaceo. This video covers the third town of Gualaceo, Ecuador, which is famous for its orchids and textiles.
Be sure to check out our other videos from this excursion to San Bartolomé Ecuador (Part 1) and Chordeleg Ecuador (Part 2).
We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful Andean scenery, the picturesque town of Gualaceo, and the interesting people we meet along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….
For our first tourist-y excursion since we’ve been in Cuenca, Ecuador, we took a trip east of town to three different artisan villages: San Bartolomé, Chordeleg and Gualaceo. This video covers the second town of Chordeleg, Ecuador, which is famous for its miniature ceramics and filigree jewelry.
Be sure to check out our other videos from this excursion to San Bartolomé Ecuador (Part 1) and Gualaceo Ecuador (Part 3).
We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful Andean scenery, the picturesque town of Chordeleg, and the interesting people we meet along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….
For our first tourist-y excursion since we’ve been in Cuenca Ecuador, we took a trip east of town to three different artisan villages: San Bartolomé, Chordeleg and Gualaceo. This video covers the first village of San Bartolomé, Ecuador, which is famous for its handcrafted guitars.
Be sure to check out Part 2: Chordeleg Ecuador and Part 3: Gualaceo Ecuador to see the rest of our tour.
We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful Andean scenery, the picturesque town of San Bartolomé, and the interesting people we talk to along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….
Back in the states, Amelia enjoyed Pole Fitness (that’s pole dancing for exercise), but here in Cuenca, she has fallen in love with Tribal Fusion Belly Dancing! She only had 4 days to learn this dance for the Belly Dancing at Fratello fundraiser, and she did great!
Today, I went for my regular physical therapy in Cuenca Ecuador for my continuing spinal issues. My physical therapist (PT), Karina, specializes in neck and back physical therapy and she’s really good at it. She got her degree in Belgium where she had to learn English and Dutch at the same time….
Today, we went shoe shopping in Cuenca Ecuador, and as a reward for my extreme patience, we went to Inca Lounge for cervezas on our way home. We also stumbled upon some improv dueling rappers in Parque de la Madre. You just never know what you’re going to see while walking around Cuenca!
Amelia And JP are US American expats living our unconventional life in Ecuador. We enjoy sharing our daily lives, travel adventures, expat info from our small South American country so you can see what life is really like outside the hamster wheel.