In one respect, this is a difficult time to be living in a foreign country. It is hard to explain to Ecuadorians exactly what is going on in the Presidential Race in the US. You get the feeling that they think it must be some sort of American humor, that there is a joke they are just not getting.  Some sort of prank we are pulling on the rest of the world, and that anytime now Ashton Kutcher is going...

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Rita and I just returned from another road trip here in Ecuador, so once again, sorry about the length of time since the last post. I always take a laptop along and mean to put in updates, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Or is it the best planned lays? Whatever. Anyway, it was a great trip, and once again we really enjoyed getting out and seeing Ecuador at our own pace. We had no...

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It is September 15th, 2016 now. Rita and I have been working on our weight and walking ability for a month, and so far the results have been pretty encouraging. We started recording our exercise walks on August the 13th, and in the thirty-three days since then we have walked a total of 199 miles, and will break the 200 mile level when we walk after dinner tonight. Let me stress as well that these are real miles, not those FB/BS...

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Once again, Rita and I have defied the odds, and managed to visit Guayaquil without a major crime event. We are constantly warned by expats and some Ecuadorians alike that it is a very dangerous city, with a whole list of "nevers" - never take a cab, never walk more than a block or two, never take a local bus, etc. But I have to confess - we like going to Guayaquil! I don't want to pretend like it is a...

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The first Presidential election that I remember being aware of as a child was in 1968. It was between Richard Nixon for the R's and Hubert Humphrey for the D's, but it also included in his third attempt to run for President and first attempt as an Independent, George Corely Wallace Jr. This was also the first Presidential contest to bring hate front and center, and foreshadowed what we are seeing today. George Wallace started his political career as a southern...

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If you have never been truly fat, you cannot appreciate the thrill and the power of 10's. To fully experience it, you must be at least obese - morbidly obese is even better. Let me explain. In January of 2009, shortly after my wife Carolyn died, I was in that morbidly obese category at 319 pounds. "Morbid obesity" is defined as being 100 pounds over your ideal weight (check) and having a BMI of 40 or more (double-check). There's a long...

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I promise not to bombard you with Inca Trail Updates, but I've had so many emails and comments that I wanted to get in a quick one today. Your comments have ranged from "you should be applauded" to "you should be chemically altered before you become a danger to society". We've also heard some good tips on fitness prep and gear to bring. We appreciate all of the feedback. This is Day -373, or in other words, 373 days before...

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It is interesting how sometimes the smallest of events can bring about big changes. Just a week ago, we were living our day-to-day lives, still enjoying the buzz from a wonderful trip to Quito and the Cotacachi area. We spent part of an afternoon talking to a friend who brought us some info on applying for our Ecuadorian citizenship at the end of the year, and within just two days, we suddenly find ourselves making a year-long commitment to train...

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Every time we think we have experienced just about everything in Ecuador, we always find something brand new - to us, anyway. The most recent time, it was when we went to a local restaurant with some friends to try their almuerzo, or lunch special. Typically this is a lunch that includes a soup, meat or fish, rice, a bit of salad, and a juice. Sometimes there is only one option, sometimes you may have your choice of meat, but they are...

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Sorry about the delay in new posts, but Rita and I just spent 10 days exploring parts of the northern Andes in Ecuador. Once again, we are almost overcome with the beauty and variety that this small country has to offer. I'm sure there will be more details on our trip here and in various International Living publications and web content, but for now, let me give you a brief overview. We started by flying into Quito's airport on a Friday, where...

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