11
Jan
2007
James

Ecuador by bus

Continuing with a series I’m calling SAGEFAQ this entry addresses frequently asked questions about getting around in Ecuador.

  • In general, how is bus travel in Ecuador?
  • Do Ecuadorians travel with livestock on buses?
  • What is the lechero?
  • How can I avoid the lechero?
  • What are the travel times between the major terminals in Ecuador?
  • Night bus versus day bus for long distances?
  • The Quito bus terminal… logistic

29
Dec
2006
James
29
Dec
2006
James

Frequently Asked Questions about Ecuador

Being one of few (active) members of the HospitalityClub.org and CouchSurfing.com living in Cuenca, Ecuador, I have the really nice opportunity to be contacted by lots of people traveling through ecuador. On my profiles, I advertise my willingness to help people with any questions they have.

28
Oct
2006
James

Night owl

Senryū is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction but tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature. Senryu are often cynical or darkly humorous while haiku are serious.

tilled Andean hillside

under alpaca yarns

all of Ecuador shivers

20
Oct
2006
James

The Amazon River

I just arrived in Manaus deep in the middle of the amazon this morning at 4:15 AM a bit battered and beaten by 6 days and nights on a riverboat headed upstream from the delta into the interior. sleeping in hammock on the crowded boat was not very comforable at all, and the bathrooms were fairly substandard, but what the boat lacked in quality and efficiency was made up for ten times over by the unbelievable sensory experience of the Amazon. oppressive heat combined with the afternoon doldrums where there is no breeze to cool you off.

02
Sep
2006
James

Grupo G.U.E.T.O.

Well I’ve been in brasil one week and have pretty much been exposed to only one group of capoeira. So based on my impressions thus far, I just want to get some of the thoughts out of my head that i’ve been running around with for the past few days. My goal is not to offend here, but simply to critique a couple things from an outsider’s point of view. One of the bigest things GUETO has been preaching is that capoeira is these days exploited for tourism.

19
Jul
2006
James

Excellent South America travel guides

My friend Marek, after a recent visit to Ecuador, found and sent me a link to an article about climbing Ruca Pichincha near Quito.

01
Jun
2006
James

Web tools for travelers

As a traveler, a tech person, and occasional internet addict, I’ve been slowly scouring the web over the past few years for the most useful sites and computer tools I can find to help the independent globetrotter while on the road in distant countries. These tools range from travel forums, to wiki guides, to finding free worldwide accomodation, to getting there cheaply.

21
May
2006
James

Pure nature on a budget

I recently received an email inquiry about how to go to the Galapagos Islands on a budget. I have an Ecuadorian friend that has worked on a cruise ship that frequented the islands, as well as a friend that purportedly made the trip on a budget. Perhaps the most relevant fact though is that I’m now (relatively) close to the islands and therefore have more immediate access to the kind of first person local information one needs to get informed about a place; not to mention that I myself was curious to find out if such a thing as “Galapagos on a Budget” even exists. Below is a copy of what I was able to find out and send in reply to the recent inquiry…

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18
May
2006
James

DIY GTD

I’ve recently been given some web design projects to work on for the next few weeks while in Ecuador. So today as i am getting back into the swing of work I somehow became distracted (for better or worse, is still to be determined) by this new thing floating around the web being blogged, highly praised and supported mainly by the mac geek / programmer / web designer / blogger crowd.

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