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Cajas National Park: A Newbie’s Guide

Cajas National Park: the gem of Ecuador that will blow you away. If you come towards the south of Ecuador put it on your list. It truly cannot be missed.  This national park covers a

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Petzl Trail Plus Ecuador: An Experience of a Lifetime

It is safe to say I knew what I was getting myself into. The week leading up to the race my stomach was so full of butterflies I didn’t even have an appetite. I knew

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Illusions of Nonprofit Culture in Ecuador: My Intentions

The first time I met an Ecuadorian nonprofit was in the summer of 2015. I came to Ecuador for the summer to get some boot-in-the-mud experience during my master’s degree and spent six weeks at

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The Best Trail Race in Ecuador

Another day in Ecuador, another volcano to tackle! Just kidding, not every day is an uphill climb. If you follow the blog, however, I’m sure you’ve noticed that we are more mountain than beach folk.

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Tips for Working Remotely + Rocking It

As of 2019, I am an official freelancer. While it can be intimidating, I’m ready for the challenge. As a freelance consultant, writer, and model, my work crosses a variety of industries and work types.

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What to do in Riobamba

At first glance, Riobamba may not be the most attractive city to visit in Ecuador. I’ve got to say, however, that each time we visit I find myself liking it even more and more. On

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El Altar: The Challenge that Blew My Mind

I am super excited to be able to share this last trip of ours - our trek to the Volcano Crater Lake “El Altar” in Ecuador. This extinct volcano collapsed in the 1400’s and was

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Semana Santa in Cuenca, Ecuador

I had so much fun this year during Semana Santa! Growing up in Maryland I was raised Catholic and was really active in our church. Being part of the church choir, I am used to

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Be Charmed in Birmingham, Alabama

Welcome to Birmingham, Alabama, one of the most charming, beautiful cities of the American South. This city has a reputation for its hospitality, which you're sure to experience on your next visit to Birmingham. From

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The Impact that Ecuadorian Women Have Had on Me…

[caption id="attachment_819" align="alignnone" width="648"] Maria Jose, Maribel, Rocio, and Priscila - 4 Ecuadorian women who lead nonprofits, and who have given me so much more than I could ever give in return <3[/caption]   When

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