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Jan 3, 2017 - US Passport Renewal Guayaquil

I started 2017 with a trip to Guayaquil to renew my US passport. Charlene Robinson took the bus over the Andes Mountains with me and we did some sightseeing along the riverfront Simon Bolivar boardwalk known as the Malecon 2000. We rode La Perla Ferris wheel which is 57 meters tall, as high as an 18-story building, with 36 air-conditioned cabins. The ride takes 10 minutes during which you can view all of Guayaquil overlooking the Guayas River. $110 passport renewal fee, an overnight stay at Casa de Romero, 3.5-hour return bus trip to Cuenca...

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Aug 5, 2015 - I Gotta Get Outta This Place

My American Airlines flight to US was postponed due to mechanical problems. I spent the afternoon and night at Guayaquil Hilton along with the other passengers. We were treated to delicious meals until the flight to Miami the next morning. I'm trying to start my vacation.

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Apr 26, 2015 - Galapagos 1

HOLA!! greetings people....here's the thing....internet on this ship is seriously expensive.....in the internet cafe in Guayaquil I paid $1 for 1 hour....for this blog entry I am paying about $1 per minute. And I just can't type fast enough. I will continue the blog when we are back on the mainland on May 2nd. We're having an absolute blast out here and we're being looked after extremely well and as the great David Attenborough says ..."it's like no other place on earth" Apologies to all Adios Amigos

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Galapagos with G & T

Apr 24, 2015 - Guayaquil

Our flight to Guayaquil was about 5 hours, I think we were asleep before the wheels were up....absolutely knackered...been flying for 2 days and 2 nights..after driving from Albany. We were woken up mid flight for a light meal. I must say here that somewhere in the booking of all these flights Terri must have ticked a "special meal" box....she is always getting fed first , sometimes half an hour before the rest of us. After eating we tried to sleep again but not much for me. Landed in Guayaquil.....on time...I have no idea how that...

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Galapagos with G & T

Apr 24, 2015 - Guayaquil 4

My first attempt at adding some photos. ..so far seems to be working. I must say we have high speed internet here and it's making life easy. I wish we could get this every where. ...everything happens so quickly it's scary. At the Manso hotel I was blaming my phone but obviously it was their weak internet. Tomorrow we're up at 5ish for early breakfast and pick up for the airport. Wheels up at 8.10 Here's hoping the wifi on the ship is satisfactory

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Galapagos with G & T

Apr 24, 2015 - Guayaquil 3

Now Friday 24th, after our basic breakfast I went down into the street and did my blog for yesterday. So much easier than using the phone. We packed and rang our man Eric to drive us over to the Hilton Colon where we will meet the rest of the mob on the Galapagos trip. Eric is a young, handsome Latin American, supremely confident and dresses like he is heading out to the nightclub. Arrived at the Hilton and had a massive OMG moment. The Manso hotel would fit into this lobby. Talk about extremes. ...We've gone from the slums to absolute...

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Galapagos with G & T

Apr 24, 2015 - Guayaquil 2

This entry is for Thursday 23rd April....happy 60th birthday Terri Slept very well in our room at the Manso "boutique" hotel, we have a nice bed and a noisy but efficient air conditioner. Pretty sure "boutique" is a Spanish word meaning "no fridge/no tv.I would describe the decor as "requiring maintainance". The shower head is also the hot water system...there's a water pipe and 2 wires going into it....and there is a switch to alter the temperature about 3 inches from the wires....I kid you not. Over the road out the front is very wide...

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Galapagos with G & T

Feb 1, 2015 - Sunday in Guayaquil

The steamy city of Guayaquil, the largest in Ecuador, is situated on the Rio Guayas. Many locals spend Sundays with the family on the malecon, the riverfront park. There's usually a breeze and some good dining in both food courts. I was in town to meet Jerry Dunn who was flying in from Hot Springs SD. He arrived at midnight and we leave tomorrow to explore some of the Pacific coast of Ecuador.

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Jan 11, 2015 - Guayaquil

Good morning Guayaquil! Our room over looks the Park of the Iguanas (actually named Seminario Park) and the main Cathedral. What a great view it is! We shower and head to the cafe for breakfast – what a delight, it is a full buffet breakfast and very good with lots of variety, local and international! We still feel the same, we have a great feeling about Ecuador, it is the prIde for their city/ country, respect for tourists and for their own people that makes it feel so comfortable. Following breakfast we Skyped Fero’s brother and...

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Mar 8, 2014 - Down by the School Yard with Julio

Had a delicious breakfast this morning. We were picked up by our guide, Julio, and our driver, Abdul. We went to the Historical Parque with a section that had native animals, another section with reconstructed colonial homes and a farm section. While here, we had a fried corn cake and cold coconut milk, both were delicious! We then toured around the city. We stopped at the iguana park in the middle of town, many iguanas roaming all over. We also went to the part of the city where there were many art shops stopping to visit with one of the...

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The 7th Continent

Mar 7, 2014 - Ecuador Chocolate

Arrived to heat and humidity. At least 80 here. While waiting in the hotel van we used the WiFi...fastest of our whole trip! The cruise company arranged the hotel...5 star. Lovely hotel. But our room looks like it is occupied by white trash as we have our laundry drying all over the room! Walked around town...again lots of traffic with taxis and motorcycles! Cars have the right of way and if you are crossing the street as they approach the intersection, they just honk their horns! Currency is the US dollar and there are guys waving wads of...

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The 7th Continent

Nov 30, 2013 - Becoming a Legal Immigrant

When I decided last May to begin doing the real work to come to Ecuador, one of the major hurdles was to obtain a visa that would permit me to stay a year, or longer. On all of my prior trips, I came here on a tourist visa. A tourist visa for 90 days is very easy for an American to get. While on the plane flying to Ecuador, the air plane attendant passes out a simple application form, and upon landing the immigration officer reviews it along with the passport, then checks an electronic data base, and if no questionable history, the visa is...

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