Experiments in teaching & cooking

Little victories in school (The school year has now ended, so I’m looking back on my 5-month teaching stint with the benefit of some hindsight.) The first and second graders were my most challenging class, because the first graders can’t really read or write. A previous volunteer very helpfully left flashcards Continue Reading

Birthdays, waterfall chasing and a reality check

A series of birthdays January has been a month of birthdays in the family. Anthony (the 11-year-old)’s was on 10 January, Kevin (the 3-year-old)’s was on 16 January, and then mine a couple of days later. For Anthony’s birthday we had sopa de gallina (chicken soup) with freshly caught chicken, Continue Reading

Kicking off 2017: power failures, teaching and culinary developments

New Year’s Day After a relatively late night (by my standards), New Year’s Day was very relaxed. We slept in and went to Cuellaje briefly. Then we had a late lunch, made empanadas, and sat around chatting. Usually there are some guys playing volleyball nearby in the evenings, but today Continue Reading

Cuyabeno Nature Reserve: Yuca Bread, Sunsets and More Monkeys

On the last full day of my 4-day Nicky Amazon Lodge tour, we visited an indigenous community, made cassava bread and enjoyed a beautiful sunset over a lake. (Check out the events of Day 1 and Day 2 if you haven’t already!) New wildlife sightings In the early morning canoe Continue Reading