Friday, November 24, 2017

Cotacachi, Ecuador Expats Give Back to Community #WATWB

It is the last Friday of the month, which means it is time for the We Are The World Blogfest when we bring you positive stories from around the world. Thank you to this month's co-hosts Shilpa GargInderpreet UppalSylvia SteinSusan ScottAndrea Michaels and Damyanti Biswas. Please visit their blogs for more positive stories.

Ecuador Expats Giving Back to Community

Introducing Micky Enright, an 81 year old long time Ecuador expat from the United States, who opened the doors to Lugar de Esperanza in Cotacachi, Ecuador three years ago. She and her volunteers provide breakfast, medical care, baths, and changes of clothing to senior citizens who have limited resources.

Photo courtesy of El Comercio newspaper

Monday, November 13, 2017

Calle La Ronda in Quito's Historic Old Town

"Before, tourist operators wouldn't bring travelers into the Old Town and tourists wouldn't come here on their own either." 
-- Andrea Swigilsky, general manager of the upscale boutique hotel Patio Andaluz, in a 2008 article in the New York Daily News.

Calle La Ronda (La Ronda Street) is a quaint cobblestone street in Quito's Historic Old Town, the first city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Take a stroll down La Ronda and see centuries-old houses, artisan shops and bohemian cafes.

Calle La Ronda, Old Town Quito, Ecuador


Calle La Ronda's origins date back to the 1400s when it was an Inca trail. The 1500s saw Spanish colonists build houses along the street. By the early 1900s it was a popular locale for poets, artists, and musicians and looked much like it does today.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ecuador Navy Armada Includes WWII Tugboat

"fate unknown" 
-- Status of the subject of this post, according to this page

Ecuador Navy ships periodically anchor in Puerto Lopez bay. Military men and women come to town and play fútbol and volleyball, eat at restaurants and generally enjoy some time on land. They are always polite and friendly. Even their casual tops and shorts are identical and well pressed.

Ed, a Peace Corps worker in town, mentioned that the boat currently anchored offshore was previously a WWII tugboat for the USA. I began to research this ship and found it has a long history.

BAE Chimborazo (RA-70) anchored off Puerto Lopez
November 5, 2017