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Chocolate soufflé. So very good. What a way to end our visit to Peru. #leighec

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#top9of2018 first day of school, Machu Picchu, jumping at the yoga retreat, Cuenca, first view of the sacred valley, @kreegner ‘s amazing food tray, hammer head shark Galápagos, Quito sunset, In-n-out burger. #leighec

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Good morning. #leighec #peru

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Cusco 11,150’ mate de coca y un sopita de quinoa. #leighec

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Touching the sky. Merry Christmas 🎄 #leighec #pichincha

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Lunch and leather goods. Beautiful day in Cotacachi. #leighec

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Panecillo and the sun came out. #leighec #quito

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We’re on a bus 🚌. Quito tour. #fingerscrossednorain #leighec

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Someone went exploring and found something he didn’t like. #leighec

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What a beautiful day today. #leighec

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That sky. #leighec

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I went there. Merry Christmas Kitties. #caturday #catsincostumes #leighec Ollie pulled his off.

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Thunder Lightning Rain and hail #leighec

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Dream come true! Hammerhead sharks while diving “Kicker Rock” / “León dormido” in the Galápagos. #hammerhead #shark #saltlife #dive #padi #galapagos #leighec

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This is how I plan to spend the next three days. Welcome to the Galápagos. #leighec

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Guaguas de pan. #leighec

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My surprise marriage and quick return to singlehood

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As of 2:30 yesterday I became officially single. It took the help of my school and a trip to 3 different ministry offices. My school sent a representative to accompany me on my travers through north Quito. At 8:30 we reached office #1 where they asserted that it was not the correct office and they could not help (even though the schools lawyer and various notary offices said it was where we needed to go). They wouldn't let us talk to someone and sent us to office #2. Office #2 let us meet with someone who pulled up my records, however they were my immigration and visa records. The first showed me as single and the second doesn't collect marital status. And my marital status was wrong in the notary system.

So off to office #3. Again this office wouldn't move us on to speak with someone because, this time, I was not Ecuadorian and I did not have an Ecuadorian ID. So they sent us back to office #1. At office #1 we again pled our case to the appointment gatekeepers and they d…

Missed this view. #leighec

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Interior windows ... curious and a little scary. #leighec

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It’s safe under the pillow right? Moving is scary. #leighec

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Today when the rains came. #leighec

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What’s outside? #leighec @olli_y_oscar_cat

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Last night in Quito #leighec

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Yay! @janita1544 is here! #leighec

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Rábanos y cebollas desde el huerta. Radishes and onions from the school garden. #fresh #yum #leighec

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We didn’t get to go to the refugio because we were on a group guided tour and we took too long. This was as clear as it got and for about this long too. @artshark14 #leighec #cotopaxi

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We really are excited. It’s just early and my cats kept us from sleeping 💤. On our way to Cotopaxi ! #volcano #cotopaxi #leighec #wellsleeponthebus

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Some chocolate and coffee. #spockjunior #leighec

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After the procession of “Jesús del gran poder” it was time for coconut 🥥 ice cream. #leighec #coco #goodfriday #semanasanta

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Ready to get their stiches out and their cones off. Maybe too ready. The vet doesn’t open till 9. #leighec #oscarollie

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It was a margarita kinda night. #friendship #christineisinecuador #leighec #fresa #maracuyá #tequila

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These two cone heads are too much. #caturday #catsofinstagram #ollieoscar #leighec

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The river we tubed. #leighec

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Mindo mariposario 🦋 #leighec #mariposa #butterfly

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Tubing the Mindo river through small rapids, Zip lining and conquering my fear of heights, and a chocolate tour at our hotel completes a day in Mindo. #leighec

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Strawberries for days .... #strawberry #frutilla #fresas #quito #leighec

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Cuenca and hiking at 13671 feet part 2

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My fourth day in Cuenca was the most adventurous. I went to Cajas National Park which is at high altitude and is known for its hundreds of lakes. We started at laguna LLaviuco and took a 2.5 kilometer walk around the lake. We got to see alpaca and llamas which was pretty cool.








We then went up to the highest point in the park, 3 Cruces at 4167 meters or 13,671 feet. Luckily we only got out and walked around. It was literally dizzying. 



We then went down to 3800 meters and took at 5.5 kilometer hike up and down hills. I was beautiful and breathtaking (no really it took my breath away). After about 3 hours we had a nice trout lunch. Trout were introduced to the park and have killed some native plants and fish. You can now fish unlimited trout if you desire.