A state of tranquility

Ah, Baños… This city has it all - great mountains, waterfalls, hot springs and a state of tranquility. This is our fourth week here and we stay at the same hotel as last time, Casa Giralda. It’s a family owned hotel with small cabins, big swimming pools and a hot jacuzzi (+ a sauna). We just love to stay up here, the staff is incredible, they’re like our family now. 

Even though there’s not much to do around here that’s also kind of what I enjoy. There aren’t big shopping malls, a lot of restaurants or things to do. That also makes it a lot easier to just relax and to really live in the moment. On a normal day I would wake up at 9, have coffee in the restaurant and work until lunch. Then we would eat at the restaurant (today we had the most incredible lentil stew ever) or have some yoghurt and müsli. After lunch I usually change into bikini and lay in the sun for a couple of hours, reading a book or go swimming. Then in the afternoon I work some more. In the night we often take a hot bath in the jacuzzi or watch a movie and then we go to bed. 

In the weekends we would go dancing in the salsa clubs or have beers and guacamole at our favourite spot - Plantas y Blancos. These “small” things really is fantastic. For example, today we walked down to town (it’s about 1 km down) and on the way we found a tarantula, so freaky but also amazing that these creatures live here, in the wild. When we came down to the centre we had coffee at our favourite café - Honey. I had a cold chai latte, so delish!

Well, I just wanted to tell you again that I LOVE Baños and I could totally live like this forever, it’s life quality. Gotta excuse myself because we’re going down to the jacuzzi…

Cuenca - a city with colonial charm

Hey everyone!

We have now been in a city called Cuenca for about 1,5 week and we’ve had a good time. However, last week I got very sick, it was horrible. Thankfully I’m good again. As always we’ve had a lot of work but we still had some time to explore. So, Cuenca is a colonial city in the south of Ecuador. The colonial era really shows in all the pretty buildings, churches and houses. It’s really nice just to walk around. 

We have visited some old inca ruins, had a lot of dinner and lunches at various restaurants, drank coffee, ate desserts and went clubbing this friday - a lot of fun! BUT, I’m beyond tired of reggeaton right now..

So, on thursday we’ll be heading back to Baños for another two weeks, that’s going to be real nice! After Baños we’re renting a super nice apartment in Quito - can’t wait to see it! After the 5th we will be in Malaysia. Oh, and the latest plans is that we’re probably going to Hongkong as well, how awesome?!

I love Baños

Hey guys!

Seriously - I haven’t had any time at all these past weeks. We’ve had so much work, we haven’t even had time to explore Baños properly. That’s why we extended our stay here with a few days. So, this weekend we have done a waterfall tour and RIVER RAFTING! I LOVE IT! Seriously, river rafting is so much fun and a tiny bit scary! I have photos but only on a CD, they’ll have to wait for a few months..

Anyways, Baños is so beautiful. The mountains are everywhere, they’re green and there are little waterfalls everywhere. But things has really changed around here. When I was here 12 years ago, there wasn’t really any tourists here. But there are lots and lots of gringos walking around. 

In Baños we’ve stayed at a hotel for more than two weeks, haha! It’s been really great. We’ve had access to a pool, jacuzzi and sauna. I’ve been tanning a lot and finally got some color! 

So, even though we’ve been here for over two weeks we didn’t really have time to see or do anything. Apart from the rafting we did try zipline and OMG, I loved it too! I felt like a bird, flying upside down, like superman and sitting like in a chair, so cool! And cheap!

Tomorrow we’re taking the bus to Cuenca, another city 5 hours south. But I just came up with the best idea - after Cuenca we might just come back to Baños and do it all again, then Quito, Otavalo and Quito. Then we’re off to Malaysia! 

About that - So, we booked tickets to Kuala Lumpur for the 5th of March. We’re gonna be KL the first 12 days (we’re staying in a luxurious suite hotel, it’s super CHEAP) then we’re planning on going out to the west coast for some sun and bath!

Then, obviously, we’re finishing off in JAPAN! So, great travel year for sure. However, I must say, I am a bit sad to be leaving Ecuador (even though it’s quite some time left). I really love Ecuador and everything about it - the culture, the dance, the food, the people, the nature, the prices, the animals.. If I was rich I would definitely buy a house here.. (maybe one day)

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