A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)


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Young-Woman-Cuenca-Ecuador

This beautiful young Ecuadorian woman was selling clothing at a market near Casa de la Mujer in Cuenca. She was dressed in modern clothes with traditional beads around her neck. I like the way this photo captures the modern mixed with the traditional.

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]

favorite-ecuador-places

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]

Pitahaya Dragon Fruit

This is a delicious, sweet and refreshing fruit. I'm a fan of fruit that's easy and doesn't need juicing or sweetening, like apples, mangoes and bananas. The Pitahaya fruit is new to me, and my list of "easy fruit."  It's a little funny looking, the skin is yellow (or red, depending on variety) and bumpy.  ... [Read more]

grapefruit-seed-extract-freshgrapes

Living in Ecuador has given us a variety and quality of food that we literally couldn't imagine enjoying back in Canada. The fruit is cheap, fresh and delicious. $1.00 pineapples are huge and extremely sweet. Mangoes are sweet and messy (er, juicy) and cost $0.55 per kg! Grapes, papaya, oranges, limes, and bananas are all ... [Read more]

fish market on Ecuadors pacific coast

While we were vacationing in Salinas, a friend offered to take us to a local fish market.  We love fresh fish, so we jumped at the opportunity. The market was very busy, full of people bustling all over carrying all different variety of fish.   There were big ones, little ones, red and blue ones, some ... [Read more]

Top 5 Safe Shopping Tips

We feel very comfortable shopping and traveling in and around Cuenca, but sometimes people do take advantage of an easy target.  So it makes sense to think ahead. Here are 5 things we do to stand out a little less: If you dress like you have money, people will think you do and probably feel ... [Read more]

How To Shop at an Open Market in Ecuador

The attraction for many gringos, of traveling and living in a foreign country, is the thrill of traditional open markets. When we first arrived here, we heard everything from: “everything is so cheap” and “its such nice/fresh/beautiful/unique products here” to “don’t go there – you’ll get robbed or mugged” and “I heard somewhere from someone ... [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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