Otavalo Market in Otavalo, Ecuador

The Otavalo Market in Otavalo, Ecuador is South America’s largest market and on Saturdays the whole town comes out for an orgy of awesomeness. You can buy anything from snails and mystery meat to fake shrunken heads and dream catchers. For those of you who know about my addiction to markets you can understand what … Continued

FOTO FRIDAY: La Basilica de Quito

La Basilica de Quito in Quito, Ecuador is the largest church tower in South America. The actual name is The Basilica of the National Vow (Basílica del Voto Nacional) is a Roman Catholic church located in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. It is sometimes also called the Catedral Consagración de Jesús or the Basílica de San Juan. It is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in … Continued

Futbol in Ecuador: A Buffet of Family-Friendly Madness

Friday afternoon I decided to push my boundaries a bit and take a solo mission over to the Ecuador vs Venezuela World Cup Qualifier match and try to grab a ticket. I’ve never been to a sporting event by myself, yet alone one in a foreign city, so I figured this would be a fun … Continued

First Impressions of Quito, Ecuador

The Cab Driver I always ask the same thing whenever I’m in a new place. It’s an open-ended question that gives me a peak into the mindset of locals. I try to ask anyone and everyone I hold a conversation with from bartender to hostel manager. How is it to live here? The first people … Continued

The Junk In My Trunk

One of the most popular questions people ask me in regards to long-term travel is how I pack for such a trip. I’ve seen many other travel bloggers list all their stuff right down to the dental floss and I thought that was kinda fun. So, before I packed up on Tuesday night I laid … Continued

Tourist2Townie.com – 2 Years Deep

This past Saturday marked the 2 year anniversary of Tourist2Townie.com and my quest to travel deeper. On October 1st, 2009 I left everything comfortable in my life in search of something more. My dream was to become part of a foreign community, learn new skills, meet new people and experience new adventures. Now, as I … Continued

5 Amazing Animal Encounters Around the Globe

If you were to ask me when I was 12 years old what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have given you one of two answers depending on our trust level. The polite, reasonable response would have been that I wanted to be a zookeeper and work with monkeys, bears and … Continued

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