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    Ode to a Granadilla…
With all the fresh fruit becoming available now that it’s spring, I’ve been thinking fondly of granadillas. Granadillas remind me of trekking around the Amazon in Ecuador, as that’s when I was frist introduced to them. I would bring one or two of them in my pack for the morning hike. They were so different from any fruit I had tasted in North America. Their sweet, slimy seeds and bright orange rind were always a highlight of my walks. It’s interesting to note that a pomegranate, or granada, also has many clustered seeds within. A granadilla is very similar…just sweeter, smaller, and probably won’t stain that white shirt like a pomegranate would….

    Ode to a Granadilla

    With all the fresh fruit becoming available now that it’s spring, I’ve been thinking fondly of granadillas. Granadillas remind me of trekking around the Amazon in Ecuador, as that’s when I was frist introduced to them. I would bring one or two of them in my pack for the morning hike. They were so different from any fruit I had tasted in North America. Their sweet, slimy seeds and bright orange rind were always a highlight of my walks. It’s interesting to note that a pomegranate, or granada, also has many clustered seeds within. A granadilla is very similar…just sweeter, smaller, and probably won’t stain that white shirt like a pomegranate would….

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #food  #fruit  #ecuador  #amazon 
    Yasuni Man: Get the word out! →

    Now is a great time to back an amazing project. My friend Ryan Killackey, owner of Renacuajo Productions, continues to work on his documentary about the Yasuni tribe, an indigenous group in Ecuador’s Amazon region. For more info follow the link above. For another video on YouTube click here. This is a very important film that needs to be made and shown around the world in order for our communities to understand the challenges that this group of people - and all the Amazon region - is facing.

    — 2 years ago
    #Ecuador  #Amazon  #indigenous  #documentaries  #rainforest  #preservation 
    I recently came across the work of Ecuadorean artist Roger Icaza. His colorful, whimsical illustrations are like a scene I want to jump into. I especially like his blog because he documents his artistic process in some of the posts. Icaza’s illustrations are found in numerous publications and collections; he has worked with countless publishers in the Spanish speaking world and in the US.

    I recently came across the work of Ecuadorean artist Roger Icaza. His colorful, whimsical illustrations are like a scene I want to jump into. I especially like his blog because he documents his artistic process in some of the posts. Icaza’s illustrations are found in numerous publications and collections; he has worked with countless publishers in the Spanish speaking world and in the US.

    — 2 years ago with 22 notes
    #ecuador  #artists  #illustrators  #illustrations 
    High in the mountains above Quito, Roque Sevilla (former mayor of Quito and member of the  National Council of the World Wildlife Fund) is building a beautiful hotel on land purchased from logging companies. He wants his modern structure - and the accompanying tram to access it - to be a feat of modern architecture. He also strives to preserve the land he’s purchased and introduce visitors (who will pay $750/night) to the biodiversity of this rarely-explored area. The New York Times asks, “Is Sevilla crazy? Or is he a visionary?” Read on to decide for yourself.

    High in the mountains above Quito, Roque Sevilla (former mayor of Quito and member of the  National Council of the World Wildlife Fund) is building a beautiful hotel on land purchased from logging companies. He wants his modern structure - and the accompanying tram to access it - to be a feat of modern architecture. He also strives to preserve the land he’s purchased and introduce visitors (who will pay $750/night) to the biodiversity of this rarely-explored area. The New York Times asks, “Is Sevilla crazy? Or is he a visionary?” Read on to decide for yourself.

    — 2 years ago with 6 notes
    #ecuador  #cloud forest  #biodiversity  #tourism 
    36 segundas en...Quito, Ecuador →

    I love the New York Times Travel videos, especially the “36 seconds in…” series. Here you can be transported to Quito for a bit. 

    Also, if you want to stay awhile longer, read about 36 hours in Ecuador here. 

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #quito  #ecuador  #travel 
    Yasuni Man - A Documentary Film →

    My friend Ryan is currently working on “Yasuni Man,” a documentary film about one group’s struggles for land and freedom from oil companies in Ecuador’s Amazon region. While living in Ecuador I was able to watch Ryan at work. Follow the progress and support by following the link above! This is going to be an amazing film.

    — 2 years ago with 15 notes
    #Yasuni  #indigenous  #Amazon  #Ecuador