• 26 March 2024 at 4:49 pm ET4.6 min
    26 March 2024 at 4:49 pm ET

    In Canada and in the United States, the cheap plastic chair is a sure indicator of poverty, and a barometer of bad taste. Not so in Ecuador.

    In Canada and in the United States, the cheap plastic chair is a sure indicator of poverty, and a barometer of bad taste. Not so in Ecuador.

  • 11 February 2024 at 6:06 pm ET6.4 min
    11 February 2024 at 6:06 pm ET

    Self-imposed deadlines in my retirement seem almost absurd. The deeper I involve myself in this new experience, the less I feel like wearing a watch.

    Self-imposed deadlines in my retirement seem almost absurd. The deeper I involve myself in this new experience, the less I feel like wearing a watch.

  • 6 December 2023 at 3:49 pm ET5.9 min
    6 December 2023 at 3:49 pm ET

    We’re different people in Ecuador. Or maybe we’re truer to ourselves in this country; more the individuals we never allowed ourselves to be.

    We’re different people in Ecuador. Or maybe we’re truer to ourselves in this country; more the individuals we never allowed ourselves to be.

  • 22 November 2023 at 10:12 pm ET5.7 min
    22 November 2023 at 10:12 pm ET

    Ecuadorians have a different sense of what constitutes a proper gift. Like much else about their culture, gift-giving prioritizes utility over excess.

    Ecuadorians have a different sense of what constitutes a proper gift. Like much else about their culture, gift-giving prioritizes utility over excess.

  • 16 November 2023 at 3:28 pm ET6.6 min
    16 November 2023 at 3:28 pm ET

    Every dream has its price. If you think Canadian (or American) home ownership is a money pit, try living on the beach in South America.

    Every dream has its price. If you think Canadian (or American) home ownership is a money pit, try living on the beach in South America.

  • 23 April 2023 at 1:44 pm ET3.7 min
    23 April 2023 at 1:44 pm ET

    Our luxury cruise of the Galapagos islands' northern archipelago was absolutely enchanting. It was also a highly regimented experience.

    Our luxury cruise of the Galapagos islands' northern archipelago was absolutely enchanting. It was also a highly regimented experience.