A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)

Dena Haines


One of the things I love most about travel photography is capturing textures. I find the adobe houses in Ecuador captivating because of their textures and earth tones. While I had read about homes made out of adobe bricks while we were researching Ecuador, I didn't really think about what they would be like. Adobe bricks are ... [Read more]


The way the clouds settle in the Andes mountains often makes me feel like we are living in a dream. We got this shot early one morning while driving through the beautiful Yunguilla Valley. In this picture you can't really see into the valley because it's full of white fluffy clouds.


I love to swim! I especially love swimming in places where I know there is nothing too big that's going to come out and try to get a piece of me. ;) Las Grietas is just such a place, but it's much more than that! Growing up in Nova Scotia, Canada I loved going camping in ... [Read more]


How's your Spanish? No doubt you have heard about the Pimsleur Spanish course. The Pimsleur Method (developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur) is popular among travelers, expats and business people - and is my favorite way to learn Spanish. When we first moved to Ecuador I was really struggling with learning the language. Some friends told ... [Read more]

Roasted pork in Cuenca Ecuador

One of the things tourists and expats enjoy seeing in Cuenca Ecuador is the street food. There are a number of different things sold as street food in Cuenca, like salchipapas (french fries with a sausage/wiener on top,) bags of fruit or coconut slices, and the pastel colored meringue with sprinkles on top. But when ... [Read more]

Work horse with home made bridle Ecuador

When we first moved to Ecuador we didn't think we would ever get our license or own a car here, but things have a way of changing. We love the freedom of having our own wheels. One of the things I love the most is going for long drives in the countryside. The Sierra (which ... [Read more]

Iguana Park Guayaquil Ecuador

Guayaquil is known for its "Iguana Park" (Parque Seminario) which is packed with iguanas. Coming from Canada we haven't seen many iguanas, so visiting the park was a treat. (You may want to read about taxi safety and rates in Guayaquil as well.) While we were visiting Guayaquil we hired a van to take us to ... [Read more]

buns with jam and rasins at Appettito cafe Cuenca

Cuenca is famous for it's bread, there are bakeries all over the city. We love walking around the city and catching the smell of fresh bread in the air. It's hard to resist stopping in and picking up something. We recently went for a walk down Avenida Don Bosco in Cuenca and stopped in to ... [Read more]

calle larga bridge, cuenca ecuador

What's it like to live in Cuenca Ecuador? That question could have many answers. The response could differ greatly depending on who you ask, where they are from and what mood they are in at the time. We all carry certain perceptions and habits that could influence the outcome of experiences we have in Cuenca, ... [Read more]

Flower market Cuenca Ecuador

One of our favorite places in Cuenca is the flower market. It's beautiful! I enjoy visiting the flower market regularly because I've noticed that Bryan and Drew find it very hard to resist buying me roses. :) Cuenca is a city full of culture and beauty with it's beautiful parks and architecture. But if I ... [Read more]

About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. If this is your first visit, start here. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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