Keith

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About Keith

I’m an early retiree that now lives in Cuenca, Ecuador. I was an executive in Health Care Information Technology most of my career. My wife and I love to travel and have ventured all over the world. Now that we are retired, more adventures are on the horizon.

SANTUARIO CHURCH, AMAZING, ACTUALLY IN THE MOUNTAIN, ECUADOR

A Church Built in a Mountain The Santuario de la Virgen del Rocio Church in the city of Biblian is a beautiful church. Furthermore, it's built into the side of a mountain. We visited this church on our way to Ingapirca. Our driver said he wanted to show us something really cool and he took [...]

2017-08-10T21:38:18+00:00 By |

CONVENT MUSEUM, LIFE IN A MONASTERY, CUENCA ECUADOR

  Convent Museum The Convent Museum (Museo del Monasterio de las Conceptas) has a very non-descriptive entrance. Once you go through the doors, the size of the monastery is incredible, taking up almost an entire city block. The museum, founded in 1599, will enlighten you to the life and customs of the nuns in a [...]

2017-08-11T11:17:30+00:00 By |

PANAMA HAT FACTORY (AUTHENTIC) IN CUENCA ECUADOR

Panama Hat Did you know that the Panama Hat originated in Ecuador and not Panama? It originated in the mid-1600's. It wasn't until 1835 that Ecuador started shipping the hats worldwide and made a fortune. The hats became popular when the US President Theodor Rosevelt wore it during his visit to the building of the Panama [...]

2017-08-10T21:51:44+00:00 By |

ORCHID FARM, FLOWERS BOTH BEAUTIFUL AND RARE

The Orchid Farm The Orchid Farm (called Ecuagenera) is more than just a place to buy Orchids; it's a laboratory, gene bank, and education center. They are one of the worlds largest suppliers of Orchids with over 8,000 species of which over 4,200 come from Ecuador. This small farm participates in orchid shows and lectures around [...]

2017-08-11T12:25:47+00:00 By |

CUENCA ZOO, RARE AND SURPRISING ANIMAL HAVEN IN ECUADOR

Cuenca Zoo The Cuenca Zoo or more precisely, the Amaru Zoologico Bioparque is a unique zoo that is both physically challenging but a most wonderful experience. Mountainside Zoo I've been to many zoos all over the US including the San Diego and Cincinnati but never to one that is set up like the Cuenca Zoo. This is [...]

2017-08-11T12:45:38+00:00 By |

ECUADOR STREET FOOD, A DELIGHTFUL FIRST EXPERIENCE

Ecuador street food is a staple for many Ecuadorians. I heard and read everything from "it's so good" to "don't ever eat it, it will make you sick."   There's no reason I haven't had any yet other than the opportunity never presented itself. I'm one that believes eating street food is fine, and I [...]

2017-08-11T13:07:28+00:00 By |

TRAVEL GEAR – TOP 7 BEST TO BE SAFE AND SECURE ANYWHERE

Secure travel gear for the expat or traveler is always evolving. I've done a lot of travel in my life and have used many of the newest and greatest travel gadgets. Being a techie, I pay particular attention to the detail of each. When all is said and done, I have a few of my [...]

2017-08-12T21:16:34+00:00 By |

DOCE DE ABRIL, ONE BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY IN CUENCA ECUADOR

Doce de Abril Doce de Abril (or the 12th of April) is the holiday in Cuenca that celebrates the birth of the city. The Spanish settlement of Cuenca was founded on April 12, 1557. This year marks the 459th anniversary. The celebration occurs for a week that ends on the 12th. Lots of parades, fireworks, [...]

2017-08-11T14:47:27+00:00 By |

HOUSE CONCERT LUXURY WITH WORLD CLASS MUSICIANS

Only in Cuenca can you have world class musicians play Vivaldi at your house concert party for a small donation of appreciation.   House Concert We went to a friends house who hosted one of these events, and it was fantastic. Led by Daniel Brito Acosta (Pianist), Violinist and a Cellist, the trio sounded magnificent. [...]

2017-08-11T16:00:44+00:00 By |

MIGUEL ILLESCAS GALLERY, METAL AT ITS BEST, CUENCA ECUADOR

Miguel Illescas Miguel Illescas Art Gallery had its grand opening last week which my wife and I attended. What a wonderful display of art. I have to say that we were a little biased since my art instructor, Alberto Soriano, was displaying some of his oil work. The artists were present along with many other [...]

2017-08-11T16:55:06+00:00 By |

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