Amelia Learns to Surf in Olón Ecuador (Filmed 2 Weeks Prior to the Quarantine)

Amelia and JP VLOG 200: Wow! This is our 200th VLOG! And what better way to celebrate than showing Amelia learning how to surf just a couple weeks before the world went on lockdown!

Once the quarantine is over, we highly recommend Luis at OutdoorEcuador.com for surf lessons. A private lesson is $25 and includes the surfboard (la tabla) rental. https://www.outdoorecuador.com/​

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Quarantine in Ecuador (Day #7) + Ocean Sunset in Olón from Mini the Drone

Amelia and JP VLOG 199: We just finished our first full week of quarantine here in Olón Ecuador. We’ve been staying busy with work so the time is going by quickly, but we’re definitely have good and bad days.

On Saturday, I was freaked out. On Sunday, we both felt pretty good, probably thanks to our Live Stream and our sense of connection through our shared isolation. Yesterday, Amelia had a panic attack. We’re certainly on an emotional roller coaster (along with the rest of the world).

We were able to launch Mini (our DJI Mavic Mini) from the back yard and I flew her from the front window without leaving the house as per our 4PM toque de queda (curfew). She captured some beautiful beach drone video! The sunset was incredible and it was equally incredible to see the streets and beach of Olón completely empty during a high season sunset.

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¡Cuidense mucho y nos vemos pronto!
Amelia And JP


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Uncertainty. Fear. Stress. Anxiety. And the Future – Coronavirus In Ecuador Update Isolation Day #5

Amelia and JP VLOG 198: I was able to launch Mini from our front porch this morning and she captured a truly surreal sight: an empty beach in Olón Ecuador during high season.

After 5 days of quarantine, the stress of forced isolation is weighing on us. We know this is for the best if history is any indication, and we’re happy to see that Ecuador is taking the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic very seriously, but that doesn’t make it any easier or less stressful.

Add to that, Amelia is looking at a sizable pay cut from her job back in Denver, CO. We’re hoping it’s just a pay cut at this point and not a job loss.

We’re also not sure what will become of our channel if we’re stuck indoors for weeks or months, or the borders remained closed for months or the next year. Our channel is about helping people expat in Ecuador, but if they can’t come to Ecuador, they won’t be watching our videos.

The province of Santa Elena only has a few confirmed cases, and they’re a long distance from us, but the threat of it coming here is always looming over us. What if the worst happens? We’re trying to push that thought way back in our minds.

For now, we’re going to focus on sharing some fun, light-hearted videos. The world is full of negative news right now about the virus and the economic collapse. Maybe some will appreciate a diversion with a view into our quirky relationship and our unconventional life.

Yesterday, I read about some future trends that smart people are predicting and one of them was that we will be cooking at home more (obviously), but also when the pandemic is over. So, we’re going to start posting some cooking videos over on our old YouTube cooking channel, LottaVeg: https://www.youtube.com/c/lottaveg.

We don’t think cooking videos will fit on Amelia And JP, but we think it’s important to show you how to cook easy recipes with minimal ingredients that will boost your immune system and/or enhance your mood. We hope some of you will head over there and subscribe.

We’re also going to start hosting public Live Streams to provide some support and community for our unconventional subscribers. We can all hang out for a while, you can post questions and comments via chat, and we’ll just be there for each other. The first one will be tomorrow, March 22, 2020 at 3PM ET/2PM EC. We hope to see you there!

If there’s anything we can do to make this time a little more bearable for you, please let us know. We’re all in this together!


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Clueless Cab Driver // Ghost Town // Ecuador Coronavirus Update (March 16, 2020)

Amelia and JP VLOG 197: Several new government issued safety measures are going into effect tomorrow morning so we needed to go to Montañita to pay our Claro bill and get some cash from the ATM. We’re concerned that we won’t be able to go between Olón and Montañita once the new isolation protocol is in effect, and since there’s no longer an ATM in Olón, we were a bit concerned.

The mercaditos have all the food we need, but they only take cash. We also stopped into Tia to get some almond milk and toilet paper. And we took one last swim in the ocean and paused to watch the sunset before coming home.


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Life Must Go On – Short Tour of Tia Grocery Store in Montañita Ecuador during a Coronavirus Pandemic

Amelia and JP VLOG 196: We filmed this yesterday in Olón and Montañita Ecuador as we went about our normal daily lives during the Coronavirus pandemic. A lot has happened since then, including Ecuador closing its borders. We’ll share an update video on the Coronavirus in Ecuador tomorrow. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this little distraction.


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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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