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May

2016

Weekly Round Up + Friends Weekend

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Hola friends. It’s Friday! Wait, it’s Saturday. Where did the week go? Getting back in the groove after two weeks off is tough and then throw in a sick husband, altitude adjustment and two more aftershocks. Wowza!

Are you adventuring this weekend? We are planning to visit the Teleférico again and then hike to Pinchincha volcano. I am a bit nervous since the last time we visited I had an intense headache for two days following because of the altitude. However I am dying to see the view from the volcano and Will is ready to see what Dronie is really made of.

Oh and a special shout out to my high school girl friends. Several years ago (when I still lived in Boston) we started an annual “girls weekend” for rest, relaxation, catching up and well, some drinking. It’s this weekend and it’s the first one I am missing. Boo hoo! Love you girls! And no dancing on the bar without me. Besos.

ROUND UP time!

YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Will has a youtube channel where he shares all of his amazing videos from our family travels. We previously used Vimeo, however he has found that youtube is a better route for us. Go subscribe! You don’t want to miss his latest videos.

INTERVIEW: An Epic Education Interviewed US! If you have an hour to sit and listen you can learn about:

  • Our background and how this party got started.
  •  Initial planning, and how that compared to moving to subsequent countries.
  • Thoughts on medical care abroad.
  • Working and Money management.
  • Our gear for family travel and location independent work.
  • Creating a “mobile office”
  • Why one child is homeschooled, while the other is in a conventional school.
  • Our favorite resources.
  • The importance of our US phone numbers and how we kept costs down.
  • and much more.

FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING: Remember when I was going to be interviewed about “languages” but we had technical issues? When it was rescheduled I was on a flight so I could not participate, however it is still an amazing podcast. Take a listen when you have time.

GALAPAGOS: You all know we are back now! This week I shared three posts. The first was an overview and tidbits from our trip. The second post was a recap of our first day on the cruise. And the final post for this week was about day 2 on our cruise. Next week I plan to share a post about Galapagos every day! Plus we have more videos to share! Oh and just in case you are really loving the videos the Farm also went live this week.

FRANCE UPDATE: Now that our Galapagos trip has finished we have to start planning for our next big more. FRANCE! We are days away from signing a lease for one year in Hyéres! I am so excited I can barely contain myself. It has a fabulous patio for entertaining (you know how we love to have friends over), a pool, french windows/doors (its France, right) and tons of French charm. I cannot wait to share the pictures with you. Next week we will start to email the school and register for next year and then we will begin to tackle the list of items necessary in order to apply for a one year visa.

SEE US LIVE!: We are toying with the idea of doing a speaking engagement in Miami and my hometown (Jay, Maine) when we are back in the states this summer. Do you think people would want to listen to our journey, our why, how we make money, our fears, what we miss about life in the US and so much more? We would also add in a 30 minute Q & A so you can ask us all those personal questions. Ha! I am thinking of giving away a couple of books that we have been featured in, t-shirts and maybe some travel gear. So, my question to you is… would people come?

 

SHARING TIME!

BOOK CHARACTERS: What do you think of this post? Should we have more diverse characters in books? I love the idea. And since I am working on writing my first children’s book I will definitely take this into consideration. I am thinking a rainbow-colored character to represent a hybrid of all the different cultures. What do you think?

DO YOU CONTROL YOUR KIDS? Guilty or not?

A GLOBAL LEASE: Great idea! Would you consider doing something like this? I know we would do it for sure.

 

EXPERIENCE OF THE WEEK!

FRIENDS WEEKEND: Several weekends ago we went to Isinliví with friends to celebrate a birthday. We had a fabulous time venturing beyond Quito and exploring a new area. We stayed at the fabulous Lulu Llama hostel! I highly recommend it. Our plan is to return once more before we leave Ecuador so we can enjoy some of the hikes in the area. On our way home we took a detour to Quilotoa volcano. OMG! We have seen a lot of volcanos and I am not easily impressed. Well, Quilotoa was worth it. It is amazing and the hike down to it is  breathtaking.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

Besos,
Jessica

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