fijiaaron

I'm a software programmer with my own business that (I hope) will allow me to continue traveling indefinitely.

I'm 36 years old, married to a beautiful lady, and we have 2 kids.

In 2005 I moved to Fiji but ended up coming back to marry the girl I left behind in Seattle after sailing to Australia. We next moved to Ecuador and returned to the USA after she got pregnant. Three years later, we're ready to return to Ecuador with our niños.

Our long term goals include sailing around the world, especially to return to the south Pacific and Mediterranean.

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fijiaaron
fijiaaron We're settled into our new house in Cuenca in the historic central area of town. We got internet on Friday and Monday I actually spent working on design for a mobile app. I've made a few contacts, but would love to meet developers and designers here in Cuenca to work with.
fijiaaron
fijiaaron If you see more of Ecuador than the Galapagos, I know some good places to eat. Steaks, Humitas, Locro de Papas, y Pizza
Noreen
Noreen Sounds amazing! I'm going to be in Quito for New Years Eve for a few days so if you have any tips that would be awesome!
3 years ago
fijiaaron

fijiaaron Well, there's a Brazilian steak house in Quito that's pretty good. It's somewhere between 10 de Agusto & Av. Amazones -- you walk down La Gasca and then -- ok, I don't know Quito.

There are a ton of international restaurants (including good Mongolian Grill) down by Los Alpes & I guess it's the old US Embassy. Find the McDonalds on Av. 6 de Deciembre and head east. A lot of language schools are in that area so if you're looking for the young hip international scene that's the place to be.

It turns out I don't really know Quito. I'm used to finding my way on foot and Google Maps is confusing me.

But in Cuenca, Ah!

El Mais has great food. Get the Locro de Papas (potato soup with Avacado) and laugh at their English translations on the menu (e.g. "To the fresh species"). You have to ask for mote but it's a great appetizer and their Aji is excellent. It's a big yellow house on the Calle Larga and run by a family. Nice older lady, a quiet formal younger waiter. I hear their cuy is good too.

El Jarin & El Jordan are two restaurants side by side on Calle Larga too with a sort of Mediterrenean twist. Great formal places with affordable, excellent steaks and a great view.

Everything else on Calle Larga is expat fare and overpriced drinks though. But if you're looking for the "scene" that's where it is in Cuenca.

La Parillada is an excellent Ecuadorian style grill in the newer downtown section.

3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron correction: El Jardin & El Jordan
3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron I can't forget to mention La Fornace. It's a fast food pizza place in Cuenca with 2 locations but it's fantastic.
3 years ago
Noreen
Noreen Thanks for the recommendations, they sound amazing! Can't wait to get out there now! Cheers!
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene hey, sounds great. When are you actually moving? I should be heading to either Peru or Ecuador in January. I also really want to go to the Galapagos Islands but only if I can find out how to do it cheaply. Any ideas?
fijiaaron
fijiaaron Hey Charlene! We're going to Ecuador at the beginning of January. The biggest challenge now is getting rid of all our stuff. After that, we'll have to decide what we're actually taking with us. We seriously considered a shipping container. The cheapest way to go to the Galapagos? Become a resident. We might do that in the long run, but you've still got to go as part of an official tour group, so prices are high.
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene cool well good luck with packing. become a resident on the islands? i found someone on couch surfing who lives on the islands and she says you can just get a plane there and that you don't have to go on a tour
3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron I meant that it is discounted for a resident of Ecuador.
3 years ago
Chris
Chris Ecuador sounds exciting, I have been to Brazil and Mexico in the past, albeit on holidays, both of which were fantastic places and very very different to parts of the world that I have seen before, great culture and recreation to be found wherever you look. Like all these places in South America there is never quite enough time to see everything but if you are going for a longer time you should be able to see some of the great wonders of the Americas. Plus of course improve your Spanish language skills!
fijiaaron

fijiaaron Yeah. My wife is busting my chops about how I should be studying Spanish more now.

Ecuador does have some amazing travel spots (like the Galapagos) but one thing we like about it is how laid back the country is. We can have weekend hikes and surf trips, explore the mountains and jungles, and then take excursions to other countries to sample the cuisine and people (no we're not cannibals.)

But day to day we'll have good friends and culture, and an afternoon stroll with the kids to the park can include passing magnificent colonial architecture and 25 cent ice creams.

All in all it's a great place to settle down and get some work done on my business without retreating to the suburbs and getting saddled with a mortgage that would keep us from exploring further.

If you ever make it down to Ecuador Chris, please stop by.

3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey Aaron. Love the trip. We've been doing the same for the past 15 months or so. Have you heard of Startup Chile? Applications are open right now. They provide $40k to new startups who are willing to work out of Chile for 6 months. They are less interested in the idea and more the people (just a tip if you decide to apply). Otherwise, good luck with the new venture. Would love to hear more about it and talk shop.
3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron Todd- I have heard of Startup Chile. Thanks for bringing it up. I think it's awesome, and I've been involved in StartupWeekend here in Seattle. I'd seriously consider getting involved in Startup Chile but we're pretty set on making Ecuador our base because we have friends there. I'd like to get down to Chile though, and would love to find some talent to recruit. I might try it once I've got a team built though. Anyone interested?
3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron If you make it down to Ecuador we could potentially meet up in Montanita. The surf's not epic, but it seems popular enough.
fijiaaron
fijiaaron How'd it go? Are you still out or did you just get back?
fijiaaron
fijiaaron Tom- Sounds like a great trip! Ecuador is near and dear to our hearts since my wife did volunteer work there.
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