Monday, May 7, 2018

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador A to Z Summary and Reflections #AtoZChallenge


I survived the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! Throughout April, I wrote about Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, where I live with my husband and cats. This post contains a complete list of April 2018 Emily in Ecuador posts and my reflections on the Challenge.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Zapatos in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

Puerto Lopez is hard on zapatos (shoes). As I explained in Mototaxis, walking is the most popular way to get around town. Paved streets bake in the sun, in turn wearing down shoe soles. When it rains, dirt roads turn to sticky mud, threatening to become one with your footwear.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Yellow Orb Over Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

A Yellow Orb (YO) arrives every morning in Puerto Lopez at 6:30, dazzling us with it’s beauty. It silently preys on our eagerness to celebrate beneath it.

Friday, April 27, 2018

eXpat Creates Kids Skating Club in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge #WATWB

Skating and rollerblading are relatively uncommon in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. It is becoming more common thanks to one man. Matthew Meinzer, a former semi-professional hockey player, has introduced Puerto Lopez kids to the joys of skating.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Workout on Puerto Lopez beach, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

After a few days in Puerto Lopez, you have snorkeled, dived, hiked, ridden horseback, swum and kayaked. Now you are wondering where you will do your pullups and rope climbing. I have great news for you! You can do them right on Puerto Lopez beach!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Visitor Center, Machalilla National Park, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

Machalilla National Park surrounds Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. Two monkey species and more than 270 bird species, including the endangered Waved Albatross live in the park. Whales mate and birth just off the coast and turtles hatch on the beaches.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ultralight Flight Over Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

Sunday, 5:29 PM

"You did what?!"
"I know you've said they are deathtraps, Dad. Before I went, I...
"Ultralights ARE deathtraps, Emily!"
"...weighed the risks verses my desire to see Puerto Lopez from the air..."
"It's not worth your life!"
"...and decided it was more likely I would land safely on the beach than crash into the ocean."

So it went when I told my retired pilot father about my first ultralight flight.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tiendas - Puerto Lopez, Ecuador's neighborhood stores #AtoZChallenge

Neighborhood tiendas (stores) are part of the fabric of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. They supplement larger grocery stores by stocking single rolls of toilet paper, small containers of milk, yogurt, ice cream, cooking oils, sugar, and other daily essentials.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sunrise in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

My favorite place to watch the Puerto Lopez sunrise is the south end of the bay. For an overhead shot of this area, click Boats in Puerto Lopez. As the sun rises over the eastern hills, I love the reflections in the bay.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quake: Puerto Lopez two years after a 7.8 rocked Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

April 16, 2016 at 6:58pm, a 7.8 earthquake shook Ecuador's coast. If you have not read my reliving of that night in Puerto Lopez, find it here

Some have asked what the buildings in the photos look like now. What follows are the photos from April 17, 2016 and the same location two years later.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Palo Santo products made in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

For centuries, Palo Santo has been used for it's healing and cleansing properties. The tree grows in coastal areas of South America, is in the citrus family, and smells of pine, mint and lemon. It is a relative of Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. Palo Santo translates to "Holy Wood" or "Sacred Wood" in English.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Oeste de Puerto Lopez (West of Puerto Lopez), Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

You may be surprised to learn that if you cross the Pacific ocean 993 kilometers from Puerto Lopez, you will be in Ecuador. Specifically, you will be in the Galapagos Islands' Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Monday, April 16, 2018

Nets, Fishing Nets Made in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

As you walk around Puerto Lopez, you will likely find someone working on a fishing net. One of the steps in creating a new net is to string rope between two posts and attach the net. As one long section is completed, the rope is moved along and retied, finished portion on the ground. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Lights Reflecting Off the Ocean, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

Stand at the end of the Puerto Lopez pier after dark. Street, building, and beach cabana lights dance to create a symphony of color reflecting off the water. The photo for E (see Emily in Puerto Lopez here) is a daytime picture from the spot above. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Javico, A Puerto Lopez Grocery Store #AtoZChallenge

You will find several grocery stores in Puerto Lopez. Family owned and run Comercial Javico is one of the two largest. The store is on the main through street, the only stoplight is a few steps away. If you click here to view it on Google Maps, you can see Javico is right in the middle of Puerto Lopez.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Internet Cafes in Puerto Lopez #AtoZChallenge

Many families in Puerto Lopez (and much of Ecuador) do not have internet at home. They do have internet needs - communicating with family abroad or school children who need to perform research. Internet cafes (cyber cafes) throughout Puerto Lopez fill both needs. You lease computer access for 15 minute intervals.