City of the Heavens

We finally made it to Ecuador, or the “Republic of the Equator”, whose claim to fame is straddling the middle of the world.  Quito, at an elevation of 9,350 feet is the highest “official” capital in the world and was our port of entry and first contact with the small, Andean country.  Aside from the…

Sweet home Chicago

Just before midnight the night before we were supposed to take off for Ecuador, we discovered that a travel planning SNAFU would require us to delay our departure from the US for a week.  It wasn’t all bad though, because we would have to sort things out in a city that is still near and…

Rocky Mountain Way

To break up the 2,000 mile journey from Seattle to Kansas City, we planned to stop by in Denver for a few days to visit our friend, Micah.  He and I started on the job the same day and even though the water cooler talk and lunches got us through the work week, our friendship…

Six months in Seattle

It’s not easy to sum up six months of our lives in city like Seattle.  We knew our time in the Emerald City was going to be temporary so we were often in “traveler” mode, always up for some exploration.  We got to know our short-term home a bit and it grew on us more…

North of the border

After just a three-hour drive from Seattle we arrived in another country that is similar in so many ways yet different at the same time.  Vancouver was the host of the Winter Olympics in 2010 so the infrastructure and investment that was made for the mega-event is still evident.  Ranked as one of the most…