Quito Encore

I have a day to myself in Quito before I join my tour group and I decide to spend it walking around the old part of town.  One of the things… Read more »


It is 6:30 am as my plane rises over the northern hills of Quito heading south toward the old city of Cuenca.   In this country of perpetual 12-hour days,… Read more »

Train to the Clouds – Day 3

This morning our Black Monster steam locomotive cuts a narrow swath through an idyllic landscape.  We clatter along through rich agricultural land, rectangles and strips of land growing various produce,… Read more »

Guayaquil in One Day

After 14 hours of traveling, my cab ride through the quiet, shuttered streets of downtown Guayaquil at 1 am gave the impression of a clean manageable town.   The largest… Read more »

Visiting Ecuador

Varya is visiting a country she has never explored, Ecuador, armed with a few lessons of beginning Spanish.   She will fly into Guayaquil and board the “Train to the… Read more »

Cambodia 2017

Battambang is a former French colonial district capital  in Cambodia and I have long wanted to visit it to explore its architectural heritage.   My friend Melanie and I decided to… Read more »