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“What’s cooking, Ramon?”

May 2013 – Manabi Ecuador

Last Friday I traveled up the coast and met Sarah Dettman and her Ecuador Expat Journeys group in the coastal town of Pedernales.   Driving south, we crossed the line of the equator and kept rolling until we reached the petite beach community of La Division, about a mile from where I live.  In addition to having a picnic, we learned why almendros are so expensive!  A lot of work goes into retrieving the nuts!

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Ramon shows us how to crack the almendros! (almonds)

Ramon shows us how to crack the almendros! (almonds)

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Alexandro was happy to watch from afar!

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A casual fix-your-own sandwich buffet gave everyone the chance to relax and recharge before moving to the next stop.

Alwyas-smilng Nety!

Always-smiling Nely!

Dier tells us goodbye!

Dier tells us goodbye!

The next stop was the riverhouse;  would you believe that I forgot to take photos when they stepped onto the magic carpet?

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After absorbing and inspecting the just-finished floor, everyone journeyed upstairs to the living quarters.  I don’t think they expected the uniqueness of the house!

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Every house should have a swing, don’t you agree?

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So…. what’s behind the painted panel?

After absorbing the oversized painting,  If Fish Could Fly, they watched the hinged panel reveal the view of river!

(From earlier this year!)

(From February 2013)

After touring the house, we returned to the bus and journeyed another hour down the coast to the lovely Canoa Beach Hotel. Sarah’s business partner Jonathan Hall and his group greeted us just in time for the sunset hour!   Ahhhh, who wouldn’t be pleased with these accommodations?

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Early morning found some of us taking a misty beach walk-talk (practicing Spanish) while others enjoyed basking in the comfort of Canoa Beach Hotel!    After a leisurely late-morning breakfast, we boarded the bus for the next leg of the journey.

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Owner-builder Greg Gilliam kept us entertained as he shared tidbits of wit and wisdom during breakfast.

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Time to load the bags and move to the next stop!

We rolled half an hour down the road to San Vicente, where we had an option of bailing out to cross Rio Chone by boat taxi or riding the bus over the bridge to the city of Bahia de Caraquez.

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View of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

View of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

Don’t change that channel!  Page two is coming soon!