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

Nicky Lodge in Cuyabeno Nature Reserve – Jungle Walks and Canoe Rides

My first trip to the Amazon was on a 4-day tour with Nicky Lodge, their standard tour. The itinerary was quite packed, but I left feeling like I’d gotten a real feel for the largest, most diverse tropical rainforest in the world. Early morning canoe excursions Our days started really Continue Reading

Hosteling for the first time ever – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Pim's Parque Itchimbia Quito

I’ll always remember my last few days in Quito (this time round) for my first hostel experiences and bed bug scares. Who would’ve thought that this milestone would be marred by (apparent) bed bugs in a Quito hostel? But here’s what happened prior to that: after an exciting (and tiring) Continue Reading