Abigail Talks: How to have fun in Quito

Hey y’all! Tomorrow is my last day in Quito (v. early saturday flight) and I wanted to share some of my favorite sights before I left and got absorbed in New York/family lovefests. This week has been a lot better, health-wise and attitude wise. My friend Jenna came into Quito last friday and we had a great touristy day together and I even felt well … Continue reading Abigail Talks: How to have fun in Quito

Shop till you drop in Otavalo

Buying souvenirs while traveling is always a tricky proposition. First, there’s logistics. Do you want to carry around your new purchase until you get home? Will it break/spill/shatter in your luggage? Second, there’s ethics. Is this product made locally by people who are paid fairly or is it made in China? Is the price fair or absurdly gouged because you’re an extranjera?¬†Who knows? Last week, … Continue reading Shop till you drop in Otavalo

Mindo on my mind: A weekend getaway

Hi from Quito, This weekend, I took a trip down (literally, there was way more oxygen) to Mindo with Jenna, a friend of a friend who is working in a rural community in the mountains near Kayembe. Her life is totally different than mine, think bucket baths and very repetitive meals but she has a lot more companionship as there are other volunteers in her … Continue reading Mindo on my mind: A weekend getaway