Trying to describe Tierra del Fuego in words can go two directions. Either you can sort of give up and just use photos. Or you can write a book. I take the former. Our Tierra del Fuego guide, Juan Ronco and his partner Federico Ezequiel Gargiulo, went the other direction. Of course they made an epic hike into the wilderness. And we only did a few pretty easy day hikes. Not sure I’m up to the epic approach, but I will heartily embrace the photo approach.
I have one English student right now. His name is Carlos, and he’s a National Police officer who is currently stationed as an immigration officer at the Quito airport. Kris and I met him when we came back to Quito after my father’s funeral, and he happened to be the officer we drew to check […]
I first went to La Mitad del Mundo the week I got to Ecuador. I was taken there by the family I stayed with for a month while I was first working at the school. They took me there because it was the monument to the site of the equator, and damnit, this is Ecuador, […]
By Tom Bartel on October 19, 2010 in Ecuador, Essays, Our Life, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites
I’ve been living in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, for about four and a half months now, counting the two trips back to the U.S. to take care of some business. Now my wife, Kristin Henning, and I are here for the duration, and that could be indefinite as we’ve just applied for resident visas. […]