The lady who said my Spanish was bad, followed by laughter, demonstrated some of the weaving of the hats she makes and invited me to take a picture. Hats can take from two to five months depending on how fine of a weave in the hat. Obviously, the finer the weave, the longer it takes and the more costly the hat.
Manta, Part 2 (with some pics!) April 12th 2008 Hello everyone...I write this part actually back in Quito having returned yesterday. Ecuador, especially weather-wise, is just an amazing country. I started yesterday in Manta, which is on the coast and rather tropical (at least while I was there). It was about 80F and relatively humid, though not horribly so. I got on the TAME flight, and a half hour later I am in Quito and a cool 60F with li ... read more
South America » Ecuador » West » Manta The "Republic of the Equator" was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Colombia and Venezuela). Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A b... ... read more
After 36 years living in Minneapolis, living the "conventional" life, and taking the 2 weeks of vacation earned to get to somewhere quick in the US, it's time to find "new places to go"... new places to go physically - (never been to Ecuador or Panama, and only a week in Nicaragua in 2006), new places to go mentally- finding a new way of thinking about the world and my life, and hopefully financially - new places to go to earn a living and/or a way of making a living!
So, here we go...I saved the cash, rented out the house, and told my friends and family I'm read... full info