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Plant, Pray, Eat: The Three Sisters

Plant, Pray, Eat: The Three Sisters

The three sisters had been waiting patiently for the weather to warm up.  In Iroquois tradition, they are known as De-o-ha-ko, Our Sustainers.  Now that it’s May in California it’s time for these three green ladies–corn, beans and squash— to leave their little plastic pots and be rooted in our […]

by May 13, 2013 Comments are Disabled About Ecuador, Ecuador gardening, Ecuadorian food, Self-Sustainability in Ecuador

A View From the Roof: Dramatic Changes in Store for Cotacachi, Northern Ecuador

By Gary Phillips Linda and I arrived back in Cotacachi on the evening of Feb. 1 after nearly 5 months in the states.   While walking to Serendipity restaurant for dinner, we met two friends who joined us.  They filled us in on new happenings.   The next morning we went for […]

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez & Hosteria Mandala, Part III

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez & Hosteria Mandala, Part III

Puerto Lopez is home to Hosteria Mandala, always a delight to visit.  The ‘green’ hosteria is a prototype for what this area can be if sustainability is practiced judiciously and creatively.  The entire complex is alive with color, flowers and highly imaginative art from all over the world. Gary is […]

Ecuador Chocolate: An Eagle and Condor Story

Ecuador Chocolate: An Eagle and Condor Story

Ecuador chocolate is some of the finest in the world.  I’ve tasted it in gourmet chocolate shops all over the U.S.  But despite its sought-after status, it has hardly benefited the locals who grow it.  However, the Kallari chocolate story is one of triumph over almost impossible odds that ended […]

by January 28, 2011 10 comments About Ecuador, Ecuador Economy, Ecuadorian food
A View from the Roof:  Ecuador Democracy–Is it Anarchy or Conscious Citizenship?

A View from the Roof: Ecuador Democracy–Is it Anarchy or Conscious Citizenship?

-By Gary Phillips- SEE UPDATE BELOW For more information about this subject from Upside Down World, click here One of the things I like about Ecuador is the fact that the people here have no misunderstanding about who is in charge of the government.  And if the government makes promises […]