31 Mar 2018 (Quito, Ecuador): I’ve been reading a bunch about money (mostly because of Bitcoin) and some pieces about the deep structural problems of fiat currency, particularly the US dollar. Ecuador has put some perspective on that. The late 90s sounds like it was an unadulterated shitshow here. Credit booms, high-risk government-backed loans, weather-related […]
30 Mar 2018 (Quito, Ecuador): We got hooked up with a Jewish community in Quito, and we went to Kabbalat Shabbat at the synagouge and seder at the rabbi’s backyard. It was kind of awesome. The food was excellent, and there were a ton of children running around talking and knocking things over and riding […]
29 Mar 2018 (Pilchicocha, Ecuador): The jungle is just so freakin’ lush. Something is growing on everything. This is a gigantic kapok tree that towers above everything around it a mere 30-minute canoe ride away, and they’ve built a lookout post right into it. We woke up at 4:45 this morning to peep some early […]
28 Mar 2018 (Pilchicocha, Ecuador): The days here include intermittent downtime in the surprisingly loud jungle and of course, lots of nature walks. On one of them, we spotted by far the largest spider I’ve ever seen out of a cage. Our nature guide told us a bunch of stuff about the species and then […]
27 Mar 2018 (Pilchicocha, Ecuador): We’re on a 4-night-3-day trip into the rainforest, and right out of the gate we see squirrel monkeys passing directly above us. They have bright yellow hands and feet, and they travel through the canopy in groups of up to 200.
26 Mar 2018 (very near Volcán Cotopaxi, Ecuador): Whelp, this is sick-Alex. I didn’t sleep a single minute last night (this was definitely the untreated altitude), none of my symptoms are any better, and this afternoon we’re heading back to Quito. Leah went on a horse ride. I did more bed-laying and fire-sitting and tea-drinking. […]