Author: Jim Santos

Recently, we left our home in Salinas, Ecuador to visit the US for the best possible reason – my daughter had just given birth to twins, one boy and one girl! We had a great visit, but as always, there is some “reverse culture shock” to deal with when we are confronted with life in the States. I had one incident in particular that I found both amusing and instructive. As you might expect, I spent a lot of time...

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When you live in the most popular beach resort in Ecuador, one thing you can always find is a restaurant. Here on the southern Pacific coast, there is no shortage of places serving fresh seafood, traditional Ecuadorian, and even familiar fare like pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers. Heck, the Salinas area even has two French restaurants now. But like every tourist area, there are the “tourist trap” restaurants, and then there are the one’s where us locals like to eat....

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It was 1995. We were living in Charles Town, a little community of 3500 in the Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia. Early that summer, we attended a carnival in the even smaller town of Inwood with some out-of-state friends. Our Maryland friends were delighted with the small-town flavor of the carnival, and were amused to see you could win a rabbit pitching Ping-Pong balls at goldfish bowls. Seeing this, my son (Jonathan, then age 10) could not rest until he...

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Living in Ecuador, we have a big money problem. Or rather, we have a problem with big money. The sad truth is that the cost of things like cabs, buses, fresh produce, lunches, haircuts, and so on are so low, that no one likes to break large bills. Taxis frown at anything over a $5 bill, and trying to use anything larger than a $20 anywhere but a major chain store or restaurant is almost impossible. So here in our...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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