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Tina has been a public school teacher, a book dealer and most recently a Traditional Naturopathic Doctor. She combines her passions for learning, adventure and people in this blog. She was the author of two newspaper columns on health in CA. Now she is an young retiree living in Cuenca Ecuador fulfilling one her dreams which was to live in another country.

THE INCREDIBLE THERMAL BATHS OF BANOS ECUADOR

Banos Ecuador is most famous for its volcanic thermal baths. Banos actually means baths, not bathrooms in Spanish. The waters in Banos range in temperature from 64 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  While many people go to Banos for their beautiful waterfalls and to partake in some adventure sports, ending the day with a soak is [...]

2017-05-01T10:15:18+00:00 By |

BAÑOS THE ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF ECUADOR

Baños, Ecuador, located in the central Andes, is an outdoor adventurist dream. Situated in an area filled with waterfalls and hot springs, Baños is a popular destination for travelers from around the globe. What makes this location so popular with outdoor enthusiasts is the year-round temperate weather. In Baños you can go; rafting, zip lining, [...]

2017-04-17T10:39:18+00:00 By |

HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL FILMING IN CUENCA

Day one of House Hunters International filming is here. HHI always starts with the couple arriving at a hotel. We needed to look as if we just checked in. Our first day began at Mansion Alcazar, a restored colonial Mansion, converted into a luxurious boutique hotel. We did have the option of staying there, but [...]

2017-03-31T09:46:00+00:00 By |

HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL-JOURNEY TO FAME

When people hear that we were on House Hunters International, they always have a bunch of questions.  The most common question is how did we get on the show. Followed by questions about the filming.  After watching the episode on HGTV, we realize a lot of the story was edited out. We decided to write [...]

2017-03-30T21:33:45+00:00 By |

LA LOBERIA & LA CHOCOLATERA – SEA WOLVES IN SALINAS

La Loberia & La Chocolatera were two wonders to see when we finally decided to take a trip to an Ecuador beach.  Living inland for a year, we finally decided we wanted to experience the beach.  We had friends here from the states and our time was limited, so we drove over to the closest [...]

2017-02-24T13:20:54+00:00 By |

LAKE TITICACA AND ITS MARVELOUS FLOATING ISLANDS

Lake Titicaca is much more than the world’s highest navigable body of water. Do you dream of visiting a place where people live entirely different from the way you do?  Lake Titicaca is one of those locations. We took the day long “Fast Boat” Edgar tour of Lake Titicaca.   The advantage of a faster [...]

2017-01-16T15:06:11+00:00 By |

MACHU PICCHU-A BREATHTAKING LOST CITY FOUND

Machu Picchu was on our travel bucket list and this year we finally made it there.  Hidden for centuries, it is incredible; you have to add it to your list of must see places.  Machu Picchu is now South America’s biggest attraction.  The Spanish conquistadors tried but were unable to find this sprawling ancient Incan [...]

2017-02-25T13:53:35+00:00 By |

THE TUK TUK, GET AROUND QUICK CHEAP AND EASY

Have you ever ridden in a tuk tuk (pronounced, “took took”)?  A tuk tuk is a motorized, sputtering, three-wheeled taxi.  I have been fascinated with tuk tuks since we traveled to Guatemala and rode around in one of these several times a day.  They are typically cheaper than a conventional taxi, but the ride is [...]

2016-12-06T07:15:25+00:00 By |

AUTHENTIC FOOD OF PERU, MORE THAN GUINEA PIG

Food of Peru is flavorful yet not hot or overbearing.  As you are dining in Peru, you begin to notice regional and cultural influences in the food you are eating. Quinoa is a staple in most all meals. Quinoa is higher in protein than most grains, has a grainy texture, and a mild nutty flavor. [...]

2016-12-03T08:11:51+00:00 By |

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