A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)



As I was preparing the timelapse of the sunrise on Isabela Island, I noticed that one of the frames had something special. There was a sea lion in the photo. But not just a plain old sea lion. He was doing a backflip out of the water and the camera caught him in mid-air. What ... [Read more]


I love getting up early. There is nothing like the cool, fresh air of the early morning. While visiting Isabela Island, I got up around 4:30am to get ready to shoot this timelapse. I got to the dock just before 5:30am and set up. This timelapse takes in a full hour of the Galapagos sunrise. ... [Read more]


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]


The beach on Isabela Island is one of our favorites in the Galapagos. It is long, wide - and it has amazing sunsets. It was on this beach that Dena taught Drew how to snorkel. And where we rested each evening after exploring the island (hiking volcanoes and snorkeling through underwater stone tunnels).  The Galapagos are a ... [Read more]


If you’re moving to a foreign country, then what your kids are going to do there, will probably be a concern. I was a little worried about that when we moved here. What was I going to do all day (aside from school)? Well, here are a few great places that I love to go: ... [Read more]


This is a guest post by Sharman Crockett, a traveling Canadian. Learn more about Sharman at her blog Journey & Adventure. Photos courtesy of her husband, John Crockett. A few years ago, I was fortunate to visit the Galapagos Island with my husband and 10 of our closest scuba diving friends. The purpose of the trip was ... [Read more]


On our recent trip to the Galapagos Islands we stayed with Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges.  We were asked by the owner Hernan Rodas to go as mystery guests to create some marketing materials.  Well, we had a great time staying with them! Just a few minutes after we arrived at the Aventura Lodge on Santa ... [Read more]


So probably not all that interesting if you live where pineapples are grown. But growing up in Nova Scotia didn't give me the chance to see pineapple on the plant. On day 4 of our Galapagos trip we visited a farm with bananas, papayas, oranges, vegetables and pineapple. This was significant for me - because ... [Read more]


So certain things you expect to see on a hike through a swamp. Like mosquitoes and black files. Maybe some frogs and little birds. But huge, long necked PINK FLAMINGOS are not on the list of what you expect. At least this isn't a common find for us. Pink flamingos are the tacky plastic things ... [Read more]


So here they are. Its not a closeup, but you can sure see the blue feet. They have kind of become the symbol of the Galapagos Islands. They are super unique - what other animal has blue (webbed) feet? In the Galapagos the Bluefooted Booby is as common as seagulls are in North America. There ... [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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