Mitad del Mundo

My Father visited for a couple weeks recently. Our first trip out of Quito was to Mitad del Mundo.

Mitad del Mundo

Mitad del Mundo means "The Equator". Even though the equator runs through many cities around the world, Quito has become famous for it. Mitad de Mundo consists of one dominant monument, smaller monuments that lead up to it, a small village that has been constructed around the equator site.  There are several little museums and cafes as well.

Mitad del Mundo Dad2

  Mitad del Mundo 2


Thinking about pet adoption?


I can't recommend enough how rewarding adopting a pet from an animal rescue or shelter can be. has an excellent guide for anyone looking to adopt.  They gathered their information from hundreds of rescue groups and shelters.  I strongly advise you take a look at their guide before you adopt. 

The Ultimate Guide to Pet Adoption

I'm not a fan of puppy mills, mall pet stores, etc.  I understand the desire for many is to have a purebred, but I also know some breeders do so primarily as income revenue.  One common myth is rescues and shelters don't have purebreds.  That's not true.  Purebreds have just as much chance as mixed breeds to be offered for adoption.  They don't end up at a swanky hotel for pedigree pets and while away free time perusing a list of potential human companions.  They end up at the same shelters and rescues as lovable mixed breeds. So there's no real excuse for not at least taking a look at the guide above from


Guayaquil, Ecuador



During my trip to our U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador, I took some time after work to stroll the city's boardwalk, called the Malecon, and see the sights.  


Is the dog real or a painting?

Guayaquil is actually larger in population than Ecuador's capital city Quito.  It's rest near sea level and provides all the amenities that comes with being a coastal city.  Great seafood, beautiful waterfront views, and fascinating urban architecture, I look forward to coming back and seeing more of the city.

While I was away for a few days, Lucia had her own adventure.  I told her she was going to summer camp, but she knew that translated to a dog kennel.  Fortunately, we were put in contact with a great vet who also runs a very nice kennel just outside of Quito.  It's run by Dr. Ellen and her husband, who both run a veterinarian clinic called Ecuavet.  Over the labor day weekend, I took Lucia to check it out and get use to the surroundings.  Upon arrival, she was welcomed warmly by all the current canine residents.  So I knew she'd do well while I took my first trip for work. 


Parque La Carolina


I blew Lucia's mind awhile ago when I took her out of our neighborhood for the first time.  The destination- Parque La Carolina. Up until then Lucia was only exposed to the normal stream of neighbors, dogs, and traffic.   We hopped in the truck and drove a few miles to this large central park.  Since the park lies in the city center.

Parque La Carolina offers many activities for all ages, such as football, basketball, tennis, biking, paddle boats, Ecuavolley (similar to volleyball), just to name a few. The park is over 160 acres and surrounded by high rises and these main thoroughfares, Río Amazonas, de los Shyris, Naciones Unidas, Eloy Alfaro, and de la República.  It use to be an airport until the city grew around it and they decided to move the airport farther away.

Among the most popular attractions in the park, is the Jardín Botánico with native habitats covering páramo (high-altitude Andean grasslands), cloud forest, wetlands and other areas, plus an orquideario (orchid greenhouse), ethnobotanical garden (exploring the plants used by indigenous groups) and Amazonian greenhouse.  Since I was with Lucia, we didn't have a chance to explore them.  But I'll check them out next time and post an update.

All in all, Lucia gave it her paw of approval, so I'm sure we'll be back.


Frida Tacos


Frida tacos

Frida Tacos

- located at Andalucia 584 y Francisco Salazar in Quito.

Six of us from work met up for tacos and drinks on Wednesday night.  I volunteered to drive since I was the only one that had a vehicle.  Frida Tacos was the destination.  It's around 5 miles away from  the U.S. Embassy.  


Here's more info on the restaurant.   I had the Tacos al Pastor, Campechano, and some Doggerlander craft beer.  Portions were small but tasty, that's why I bought a couple entrees. There is limited sitting so large groups may have to find space where available.  We placed three bar stool tables together for our group of 6.