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A way to pass the waiting. Michilada con Tecate. #leigh365

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#tbt #leigh365 AC Christmas party. Inspired by @sicklespickles

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Early morning #oscarandollicat #leigh365

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Happy Friyay! #leigh365 #llama @the_bucket_list_ec

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Beautiful Quito. #sunset #leigh365

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Birthday roses 🌹 #lategram #roses #leigh365 #longstemroses #ecuadorrosas

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My #2017bestnine #leigh365

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And then they were sweet #catsofinstagram #caturday #leigh365

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Cookies! #christmascookies #leigh365 #tistheseason🎄

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New recipe. Let’s see how this tastes. #bonappetit Root vegetable tarte tatin #leigh365

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Kittehs #leigh365

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Flying home from Santiago. #studentcenteredcoaching #nido #nidodeaguilas #leigh365

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Ceiling #leigh365

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Leigh is a hard name to have when everyone else speaks Spanish. #leigh365 #starbucks #latte #christmas

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300 meters tall. Tallest building in Latin America. #leigh365 #tallbuildings #chile

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Pretty flowers 💐 #orchids #guyaquil #leigh365 #airportlife #wanderlust

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Anaconda 👀 apparently about 5 meters long 👀 just an afternoon sunbathe. This one didn’t want none either. #anaconda #amazon #cuyabenowildlifereserve #cuyabenoriver #leigh365

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Sunset in the amazon. #cuyabenowildlifereserve #cuyabenolodge #lagunagrande #leigh365 #nofilter #wanderlust

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Day of the dead in Ecuador

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Day of the Dead in Ecuador is known as Día de los difuntos. On November 2nd, All Souls Day is celebrated in Ecuador and over the Andean region, with unique manifestations of religious cultures. Throughout the country people visit the memorial parks to honor their departed. Indigenous communities massively visit cemeteries keeping an old pagan tradition of taking along the favorite food dishes to share with their loved ones by their graves.
They eat quietly and slowly in a solemn ceremony, sharing food among the families. Some of them circulate around the cemetery exchanging foods. They give food as a reward for those who pray for their departed.
The ancient belief is that the soul visits its relatives during these days and should have plenty of food to be fed and be able to continue further on its journey to the afterlife. The typical food for All Souls Day is "guaguas de pan”, (pronounced wa wa de pan)  accompanied by a beverage called "colada morada". These foods have …

Día de los muertos en Ecuador. Guaguas de pan rellenas de mermelada. Baby bread filled with jam for day of the dead #leigh365 #diadelosmuertos #guaguadepan

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#leigh365 #pizza #dinner asparagus, sausage, and mushroom

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Soft pretzels! Thanks @ptoneill10 !! #leigh365 #foodie #bakingbreadataltitude

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Black Sheep Inn and Lake Quilatoa

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We had a 3 day weekend and it was my first chance to really get out of Quito and visit parts of Ecuador. I rented a car because of my friends I’m the only one who could drive a stick shift (thanks mom and dad!).  Quick aside - I was so glad that I had had the opportunity to drive a couple of different types of stick shift cars. When I rented the car the company showed me how to/where to put gas, open the trunk, use the radio, etc. The one thing the didn’t show me was how to put the car in reverse. I’ve driven cars where reverse is on the far right. I’ve driven cars where it was on the left, where you had to push a button to put the car in reverse. I got the car home to my parking garage and I realised I had no idea how to put the Chevy Aveo into reverse. I spent 20 min trying to get the care in reverse, slowly inching towards a wall. I finally remembered I had the power of Google on my phone.  Thank you Google for showing me where the tiny ring was that I had to pull up on while putti…

And then there was hail. #itsfreakingcold #leigh365

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Giant alfajor. So delicious. #latergram #leigh365 #foodie #desert #dulcedeleche

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Trivia night. #leigh365 6th place.

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Chocolate disk cookies becase I thought I was buying chips but they’re really disks. #cookiedough #bakingataltitude #tollhousecookies (sorta) #chocolatechips #chocolatechipcookies #leigh365

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I moved to Quito, Ecuador

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I moved to Quito, Ecuador. Living and teaching abroad is a wonderful adventure. While I was sad to leave the island life of the Caribbean, I am excited to be in a Spanish speaking country. When I decided I wanted to live and teach internationally my goal was to do it in a Spanish speaking country.

The city has a lot to offer I feel like I can get almost everything here (cheese is an exception- how is there no good cheese???): food, microbreweries, entertainment, parks... I live near parque la carolina (Carolina park). It has a bunch of walking/running/biking paths and is full of people exercising and doing park things.  I’m about 45 minutes walking from work. I would be willing to walk home as it's downhill. But going to work up hill is not high on my list. The school provides a bus for staff. It picks me up about 3 blocks from my home. It is very convenient and with the crazy traffic, it’s nice to be in the hands of the school to get me to work on time.
The altitude is a real pai…

Someone has been getting handsy. #leigh365

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Good morning! #leigh365

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Blackberry and blueberry pancakes. #leigh365 #brunch #foodie #quito

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Quito in the afternoon. #leigh365

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One of my new favorite things. #chocolate #pacari #leigh365

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So excited for this! Dill pickles, sauerkraut, breakfast sausage, spicy Italian, and sweet Italian sausage. #L&Sartisanmeats #leigh365

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#tbt Alaska's beauty #glacier #leigh365

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Tonight's dinner included microbrew and a table fireside. #leigh365

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What a great way to start the day! We are ready to #learnincommunity #leigh365

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Good morning! #leigh365 #volcano #pichincha #snowcap #carolinapark

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Near the high school commons. #leigh365 #schoolviews

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Tasty! #beer #leigh365

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Student made instruments. #leigh365

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School views. #leigh365 🌈 #rainbow

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All the pretty colors for a serious sugar high. #candy #leigh365 #chuchería

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