Why We Chose Olón Ecuador + Why We Left Cuenca (recap)

Amelia and JP VLOG 195: We’ve been getting lots of questions about why we left Cuenca and why we chose Olón Ecuador over Salinas or any of the other lower altitude cities in Ecuador. In this video, we an answer those questions as we walk around (and a fly over) Olón.

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Express Your Unconventional-ness w/ Amelia And JP’s Merch!!!

Amelia and JP VLOG 194: We’re very excited to announce the launch of our merch store with our unique Unconventional designs!

We have a whole line of clothes for men, women, kids and babies, and we have other cool stuff like hats, mugs, bags and phone cases.

Our store has everything you’ll need to fully express your Unconventional-ness!

Get the details in our Shop…

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Tiny Ecuador Beach Town of Las Núñez Ecuador + Penthouse AirBnB Tour (Mavic Mini Drone)

Amelia and JP VLOG 193: Join us as we share a drone and walking tour of Las Núñez, a tiny little beach town on Ecuador’s south central coast.

If you would like to stay in Roy and Mary Ann’s beautiful penthouse AirBnB, click this link to get a discount off your first stay in ANY AirBnB, and we’ll get credit toward a future stay so it’s a win-win!
https://www.airbnb.com/c/jps166?currency=USD

Here’s a link to the AirBnB featured in this video: Penthouse view from the hill at Las Nunez Ecuador.

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How WE Got Pickpocketed on a SHORT Bus Ride in Ecuador!

Amelia and JP VLOG 192: We’ve talked about it often but it never happened to us, until now. We were taking a short 50 cent bus ride from Olón to Montañita Ecuador when our pocket got picked and we lost an iPhone 6 worth several hundred dollars.

We made a mistake. Simple as that. We walked up to the taxi stop to catch a cab from Olón to Montañita, but there were no taxis. Instead, a bus came along and it was hot so we decided to hop on. What we didn’t realize was the bus was completely full! Standing room only!

Since we had it in our heads that we were taking a cab, we weren’t mentally or physically prepared for a jam packed bus so we hadn’t secured our valuables. If this happens again, we will turn around and get back off the bus to avoid being swarmed and pickpocketed.

Besides, my balance is horrible due to the nerve damage caused by my spinal injury so it’s unsafe for me to ride standing up on a speedy, jerky bus. We were both holding on for dear life with both hands, leaving my pockets and Amelia’s bag exposed and easy to access.

We only took our eye off the ball for a minute, but that’s all it took for a skilled pickpocket to steal our old iPhone. We won’t make that mistake again.

Here’s some more information on the Red-masked Parakeet that we saw in the video: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-masked_parakeet

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Sunday in Olón Ecuador: Mercados, Walk Around Town + Sunset Beach Walk w/ Mini (2020)

Amelia and JP VLOG 190: This is our first day in the life video from our new pueblito on the coast of Ecuador. We took Daisy for a morning walk on the beach before heading up to the mercaditos just a few blocks from our condo here in Olón Ecuador.

We also walked back over to an artisanal bakery across the street from the mercaditos, but it has been closed for the past week. The guy at the traditional Ecuadorian bakery next door told us the owner has been really sick. Hopefully they feel better soon!

Since we can’t drink the tap water here, we also shared how we wash our fruits and veggies before wrapping up the video with a sunset walk along the beach. We’re not sure what the yellow flowering trees are called. If someone knows, please let us know in the comments.

Here are the Instagram accounts for the two people we met on our walk around Olón: Garrett Galvan and Nina Ragusa. We also featured them in this video: Amazing Tips for Living & Working Abroad from Garrett Galvan & Where In The World Is Nina!

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Sunset in Olón from Mini (the drone) – DJI Mavic Mini in Olón Ecuador

The bright skies, ocean foam and colorful beach here on the coast of Olón Ecuador made a perfect setting for filming with my new DJI Mavic Mini!

This is my first ever full length drone video! It’s a bit of a departure from our normal videos, but I’ve been enjoying my new toy and the creative process of learning how to capture video with it so I may start sharing these periodically. Especially when we go to beautiful places!

I shot all this footage with my new DJI Mavic Mini here on the coast of Olón Ecuador. I don’t have any ND filters, but I did color correct to enhance some of the clips in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Olón Ecuador Condo Tour & Cost + Drama on the Beach w/ Mini (our new drone)

Amelia and JP VLOG 189: The monthly rent for a 12 month lease for our condo in Olón Ecuador is $700. That includes tap water and Internet access. We’re saving about $200/month compared to our house in Cuenca, which was $800/month but didn’t include water ($20/mo) or Internet ($56/mo).

This is also our first video featuring Mini, my new drone. We’re very happy with her so far, despite the attention she garnered from a friendly beach dog who wanted to use her as a chew toy!

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The Universe Taught Us a Lesson on our Move from Cuenca to Olón Ecuador (2020)

Amelia and JP VLOG 188: Our move to Olón from Cuenca Ecuador is complete! We’re now officially beach dwellers!

For the most part, the move was very smooth, but the Universe had one major test waiting for us upon our arrival that was a reminder to embrace our tranquilo, let go of the outcome and trust that everything will work out alright in the end.

We’ve been posting updates, photos and videos (including drone videos!) to our Instagram and Facebook accounts since we’ve been here so be sure to go check those out and remember to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

If you would like us to connect you with Edwin (our driver), Deb Anderson (our real estate agent in Olón) or Gabby (our translator), drop us a note through our contact form.

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