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The way they do things here in Ecuador – Part 2

Another installment in the “The way they do things here in Ecuador”:

Again, this is where I see differences / influences / similarities / unique / time tested methods used here in Ecuador.  There are many ways to do things.

Here is a post by a friend on how they build a ramp to the beach from town:


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So I tried to have a  BBQ one night with mom and Gerri.  It didn’t turn out too well because we could not get the “charcoal” lit.  Now, the charcoal here ain’t like the charcoal back in the states.  This charcoal is just the coal part.


  On the first attempt at a BBQ, I had one chunk on fire and squirted on the lighter fluid, the flame went out, with all our hopes of cooking outdoors.

The charcoal would NOT light with matches, lighters, “fuego” fluid (lighter fluid), blowing on it, etc.

I heard from someone to put a chunk on the gas burner on the stove.  Since my mother decided not to bring tongs with her to Ecuador, we had to improvise with large spoons.   This worked after doing this with 5 chunks of charcoal and burying them in the bottom of the pile.




Gotta figure out the local ways of doing simple things here.  Ha.

And, yes, the burgers turned out great!

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Here they reuse materials to make tarps to keep the sun off.  In the U.S., we would spend $100’s of dollars for the same result:


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Simplicity:  corn kernels for markers.


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A true military vehicle.



The military filling up the quad with gas siphoned from the local fisherman’s truck.  They ran out of fuel on the beach.

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Filling the truck with fish.


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Here is how they unload trucks of sand.  No fancy, high priced, often in need of repair dump truck needed.


(Photo credit Libby Rush)


(Photo credit Libby Rush)

Figuring it out… 1 simple method at a time


5 thoughts on “The way they do things here in Ecuador – Part 2

  1. I’ll bet that John or someone there has mastered the BBQ fire and carbon challenges and will gladly show you the tricks. Last night I helped someone (from Argentina) start their fire, and it went well. He placed four short stumpy logs about the size of canned biscuits to make a little box. Then he placed scrunched-up newspaper on top of that, then small sticks then medium sticks and lit the paper. He kept adding sticks, making sure there was a draft coming from below the fire, and then slowly started adding the carbon.

  2. Hence the reason our lives are so complicated over here. We have to pay for the easy way to do things, instead of working hard. I usually do it the hard way!

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