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Life Under The Volcano

A neighborhood in Ecuador was mostly abandoned when Cotopaxi, the snow-capped volcano that hangs over the area, became active. Only a few die-hard residents remain.

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I wrote a book

And it was exhausting. More than I would have ever believed. Actually writing the book was a long and arduous process, perhaps compounded by the fact that it was about my own life and I didn’t always want to re-live some parts of the story. It’s also extremely hard to be objective about your own

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The Long Road to a Book

This is a long time coming. I scribbled down thoughts and reflections while I was in transit, forced onto the plane by police who were ordered to kick me out of their country. That was 2006, nearly 11 years ago. And now, later this month, some of those notes will be published in my first

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The Story of B

I live in a mostly abandoned neighborhood where packs of wild dogs roam free–and sometimes attack me. I began to hate dogs. Then I met B.

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Election Protests May Give New Life To Ecuador’s Dormant Social Movements

Last Sunday Ecuador’s ruling party won another presidential election, though the opposition alleged fraud almost immediately. Election night witnessed opposition protests throughout the country. It was a predictable event. It was going to a very close election and the political climate has become so toxic that both sides seemed convinced if they lost it would

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Tear Gas and Disputed Elections in Ecuador

Amid a disputed election and allegations of fraud nationwide protests break out in Ecuador.

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Pig Sex

The clouds had cleared and there was still time before the sun fell behind the mountains so when I got to the top of the hill, where I was supposed to turn left to head home, I kept going. I cycled past the airport and up another hill that took me away from the highway,

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A Tale of $2 Bills in Ecuador

  Last night, upon returning to Latacunga after traveling with my god-daughter and her family for Carnival, I invited everyone out for pizza. All I had to pay was a stack of $2 bills. That’s all I ever have in Ecuador. Since the nation was dollarized in 2000 not many of these bills have made

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