Morning in Vilcabamba

By Robert Bradley It is early morning in Vilcabamba. Roosters are crowing and dogs are barking, each clamoring for attention and stating their purpose and intentions for the day  —  a cacophony of insistence and urgency that is oddly enjoyable. The air is still, weighted with the scent of flowers desperately advertising their most outlandish […]

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How to have a healthy Thanksgiving

The original North American Thanksgiving took place in 1621 and was a harvest celebration shared by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag natives at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. The feast lasted three days and nights, by most accounts included wild turkey, but more likely a roasted goose or duck. The Wampanoag ate eels and shellfish, so they probably […]

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Cacao y pimiento!

El Fantasma was making good time, dropping down from Ecuador’s northern border with Colombia, somewhere south of San Lorenzo. Edie and I were headed back by Atacames to have some ostione ceviche for lunch. We had been seeing some type of small objects carefully lined up along the road shoulder. They looked like peanuts still […]

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Working on the domes: ‘Take number 171’

Three weeks ago, I noticed some scaffolding was being erected on the westernmost dome of the New Cathedral. You may have noticed that the large dome of the nearby Iglesia San Blas is also undergoing repairs. I was disappointed that it had been rapidly covered by tarpaulins prior to my having a chance to get […]

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An expat’s sunny day, then an evening with new friends and fondue

A quiet, sunny and warm Saturday afternoon. Quite a contrast to last Saturday, the third day of the four day celebration of the 197th anniversary of the freeing of Cuenca from the rule of Spain. Exhibit tents spread out more than a quarter of a mile up and down the river and in several other […]

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Five easy pieces

By Robert Bradley I – ​  It is another one of those days. A stop in your tracks, fresh as new spring day that feels just like the time when you did the best thing ever and even the breeze seemed to be congratulating you. I feel warmth and reassurance. ​II – ​  As I […]

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What is the four-letter word that can keep you fat?

Our world is a crazy place.  For the first time in history more people are at significant nutritional risk from over nutrition instead of malnutrition. But, in most industrialized countries we actually eat fewer calories than we did at the beginning of the 20th Century. How can that be? It’s because we’re eating quite differently […]

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Art exhibit at the mayor’s gallery features work of ex-ambassador and his wife

By Michel Blanchard The art exhibition “Reality as a Pretext and the Myth of the Ephemeral,” currently showing at the Galleria de la Alcaldía, on the corner of Presidente Borrero and Simón Bolívar, is composed of mostly large works or art in strong colors, a modern, colorful invitation to an internal voyage that invokes myth and the essence […]

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