Category Archives: Urban Environment

The Maddening Din: Cuenca’s Noise

It’s six o’clock on a Sunday morning, and a car alarm in my Cuenca neighborhood goes off with its intentionally horrible, piercing, high-pitched wail.  I groan at the indignity of having my sleep be shattered by this rude interruption.  Just … Continue reading

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Any Milk Today Mistress?

Time doesn’t seem to have changed the way that commerce is conducted on the streets of El Centro in Cuenca Continue reading

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Back roads of Sayausí, a French Restaurant, and the Search for Beauty

The incongruous setting of a French restaurant in an Ecuadorian village back road invited a walk through commonplace scenes such as street dogs, vegetable gardens, and village houses. Continue reading

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Cuenca, Ecuador: 21st Century Ground Truths From a Historic Andean City

Cuenca’s urban geography has its roots in Spanish colonial history. What are the pressures. influences, and modern issues that will force it to change urban practices and planning to create better human and environmental health and energy efficiency? Continue reading

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Ecuadorian Encounters: Sunday around Cuenca

During indigenous festivities around catholic masses, the offerings are whole roasted guinea pigs, and the dances are lively. Plus, mountain bikers show us the best hidden views of Cuenca…and save us from the street dogs. Continue reading

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Minding A Stuck Turtle

Nature is our always companion and source. Even when not paying explicit attention, she has a way of reminding you of the drama you are drawn from. The stuck turtle is a predicament you cannot turn from. Continue reading

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Gifts

when you look up in the woods at that exact moment that two cardinals join in a kiss. Continue reading

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