Lazy sea lions

Unquestionably the laziest animal we’ve encountered, the Galápagos Sea Lion is one of the most numerous marine mammals on the Galápagos Islands.  With a population size of about 50,000, they are often the first animals that visitors to the islands lay eyes on.  They definitely aren’t picky where they take a nap and sprawl out…

Ball of goodness

The bolon de verde is a green plantain dumpling stuffed with cheese, chorizo or chunks of fatty pork meat, that is fried until crispy on the outside.  It’s a typical Ecuadorian fare that takes it’s “large ball” name from the spherical shape it exhibits.  Often accompanied with a meat or veggie side, they are normally…

Marine iguana crossing

The Galápagos Islands are a small group of remote and isolated islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean that lie more than 600 miles west of Ecuador.  The archipelago consists of 13 main islands and 6 smaller ones and is world-renowned for its unique wildlife which inspired Charles Darwin to come up with his theory of…

Slow and steady

Even though we knew visiting the Galápagos Islands wasn’t going to be budget friendly, we convinced ourselves that spending time at the unique volcanic archipelago would be worth it.  Seeing some of the one-of-a-kind animals up close and relaxing at some picturesque tropical beaches was inviting enough for us to commit to the trip.  After…

All in the family

Visiting the sights and eating the foods are obvious aspects of getting to know a foreign land, but what continues to enrich our experience is the cherished personal interaction with the locals.  Márcia’s friend Marcos is from the Cuenca area so after meeting up with him while we were in Chicago, we had a better…