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I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like haunted museums! Before this, I served in the US Peace Corps in Guatemala. I hold a PhD from Ohio State in Latin American Literature. My wife is a naturalist guide in the Galapagos islands, so I often get to go visit her.
Rochester, NY USA
Most of my work has been published only with V!VA, but I have done subtitles for a few films and I did an article for the Toronto Globe and Mail. I also did a translation for a book of Ecuadorian ghost stories.
The best travel experiences have less to do with buildings and natural beauty and more to do with the people you meet.
I was in Brazil when they won the World Cup of soccer. That was insane! They were partying in the streets.
I was in Spain and my host mother served me fried brains! I'm a tough traveler and I have an iron stomach, but that was pretty gross.
Don't put travel off: no one on their deathbed ever said they wished they had spent more time at the office! Also, pack a good hat.
I'd love to go to Egypt.
All over. I think I've been to about 30 countries, mostly in South and Central America.
The Dominican Republic.
Born in Quito in 1795 (some sources say 1797) as the illegitimate daughter of a married Spanish nobleman, Manuela Sáenz ......Read More
The Chiquitania region is home to several old Jesuit missions, and they're well worth a visit. The Jesuits worked in ......Read More
The Galápagos Islands were formed ages ago by what geologists call a “hot spot.” Basically, a hot spot is a ......Read More
The northern part of Peru's Amazon jungle is where you'll find the border town of Santa Rosa as well as ......Read More
North Seymour is a small, flat island located near Baltra and Santa Cruz: it's possible to visit from Puerto Ayora ......Read More
The tiny town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra has no more than 200 inhabitants, but does have a small hotel, restaurant ......Read More
Hostería Pantaví has 12 lovely rooms in a beautiful, peaceful setting. There is a variety of ethnic art on the ......Read More
Nuestra Señora de La Paz (our Lady of Peace) was founded in 1548 by Spanish conquistadors and treasure seekers high ......Read More
Located at the southern edge of town where the National Park starts, the Iguana Crossing hotel has enviable beach access ......Read More
El Costeñito is an airy, friendly, family-run restaurant located right in the middle of the malecon, the main drag in ......Read More
The Palace Hotel in Buçaco is one of Portugal’s most famous and elegant inns, being set in an actual nineteenth-century ......Read More
When the Portuguese royal family was in residence at the Queluz palace, a small army of maids, cooks and servants ......Read More
The Galapagos Islands are home to a thriving population of barn owls. They're easy to spot with their distinctive owl ......Read More
A large member of the Cuckoo family, the Smooth-billed Ani is a largish, black bird with a big, black beak ......Read More
A largish member of the Gull family, the Lava Gull (Larus fuliginosus) lives only in Galapagos. There are estimated to ......Read More
La Tasca is a small tour operator with over 20 years of experience, located just off of Vilcabamba\'s main square. ......Read More
Whether you need to speak Quechua in order to live and/or work in certain Andean areas or whether you simply ......Read More
Tropical Dancing School is a small, friendly place that offers dance lessons in a variety of styles, including salsa, merengue, ......Read More
Cuernavaca is not a shopping Mecca to compare with a place like nearby Taxco, but you can still find some ......Read More
If you’re in the mood to pick up some souvenirs while in the Dominican Republic, you’re in luck: there are ......Read More
Galapagos on-line is a popular internet spot just across from the naval base. In the past, the computers here were ......Read More
V!VA List Articles
May 10, 1624. The Dutch, jealous of the New World empires of Spain, England and Portugal, decide to establish themselves ......Read More
It was tango singer Carlos Gardel who said it best, in his immortal tango classic “Mi Buenos Aires Querido” (“My ......Read More
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