A suprising rule of thumb that I´ve found since I´ve been in Ecuador is that people travelling here tend to find what they are looking for! After all the worry, the planning, and the stress of making the trip actually happen I´ve seen people arrive in Quito and the circumstances that they find themselves in … Read more
I am sitting in the back of a taxi speeding across Quito on a street that traverses the gap between new and old towns. Skyscrapers give way to parks filled with people playing soccer, kids driving pedal cars and vendors selling everything from snacks, ponchos, paintings and brightly colored blankets. The intense Quito sun is currently doing battle with the ominous storm clouds gathering overhead.
Lee O’brian is one of those all around guys guy who just seems to be there to lend a hand when you need it. He has a knack for it. Really. I can name five times when I was working behind the bar when there wasn’t a lot going on, I had a specifically … Read more
Jet Set Zero // How to Find Work Abroad A few weeks ago I met a woman named Jenna who is from Los Angeles and in town for three months working for an online tv show about living and working in Quito with her three roommates. The Show, Jet Set Zero, has had five other … Read more
True to form I am in Ecuador thinking of the Irish. Since I moved here two years ago my best mate has been my sometime employer, sister, and wise friend, Ursula from Belfast. Since meeting Urs I have become well versed in the Irish. At the bar that she ran there was never a lack of Paddies. … Read more
The little hostel that could,the Quilotoa Loop, the Jungle, and the Galapagos..Travelling with a conscience!
There are a few places in Ecuador that are out-of-the-way, a little tricky to get to, and are well worth the effort to get there just for the experience and joy of travelling that they bring to any journey. Among these are the hills of Otavalo, which take catching a caminisetta or a taxi, Vilcabamba, … Read more
This is a dare from yours truly… Get in touch. Email me if you are coming to Ecuador and have a question. That´s the bet and there is beer involved! If you keep reading this blog past just glimpsing at the posts and clicking on the links, you will find information about some really cool people … Read more
I first met Ailish when she stayed in Quito at first at the Secret garden and the worked with her boyfriend, Max, at Finn McCool’s where I worked. Ailish’s an Irish lass through and through. Her red hair, fiery spirit, humor, and straight up no bull attitude got the bar standing at attention any … Read more
When I first met Ursula she was slinging drinks, trading jokes with patrons, while doing a jig and signing songs from home at her bar called Finn McCool’s In Quito. She has away of making people feel at home in far off lands and inspires those who have dreamed of living or travelling to … Read more
We here in Quito and trying to keep in touch with all those people that we have met at The Secret Garden Hostel, Finn McCool’s and Uncle Ho’s in the Mariscal, and Lead-Adventures, Hostel Tiana, and The Surf Shak as well as get in touch with those who are coming or planning a trip! … Read more