24 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

A great article by  that you can find here  Here are the ones I found especially interesting.

  • Duolingo – Learn another language
  • Khan Academy – A fantastic way through youtube to learn about interesting subjects.
  • MIT Open Courseware – free college courses online
  • Investopedia – the subject says it all
  • Quora – find experts to ask about almost anything
  • Geography IQ – select any country and access virtually every facet of useful information
  • TED – my favorite site on this list. Superb talks by interesting people from around the world.

 

Six Years In Ecuador

I have spent 1/12 of my life in Ecuador. It really does seem like yesterday that Sharon and I left our home in Oregon to begin this incredible adventure. Recently, I started thinking in Spanish.

Cuenca is a walking city and I average 2 miles a day. That would make a grand total of almost 4,400 miles of walking. That is about the distance from Cuenca, to Portland, Oregon.

I eat better now. I have Red Meat about once a month. My diet consists of mainly fish, chicken and the wonderful variety of fruits in Ecuador. Cherimoya, Pitahaya, Papaya, Maracuya are now in my diet every week.

The expat community which by my best guess numbers around 6000 is for the most part an interesting helpful conglomeration  of  people from all around the world. There is every kind of group you can think of in Cuenca. There are 4 different writing groups, all different kinds of craft groups. There are 3 major daily electronic periodicals and two different weekly/monthly traditionally published newspapers for the expat community. You can find a poker game on any day of the week. Six years ago Cuenca was a culinary wasteland. Today you can find excellent cuisine from all different parts of the world.

Are there shortcomings living in a foreign place? Yes, but they are becoming fewer as I become more conversational in Spanish and more accustomed to a life in a Latin Culture. Gracias Ecuador por seis años maravillosos.

Below are some random shots of Cuenca. Enjoy.

 

EC Taximetro

I had the pleasure this morning of having coffee with Mario Navas, the developer of EC Taximetro.

Basically, EC Taximetro is an app for IOS and Android that calculates the taxi fare in Cuenca and other places to see if you are being scammed by a tampered taxi meter.

Although the app is entirely in Spanish you can use it with minimal Spanish. The biggest problem is remembering to start the app when you immediately enter the taxi.

Ok, so what do you do if you’re being scammed. You have 3 options.

  • Do nothing
  • Show the taxista the app and argue
  • Get the number of the taxi and there is a denuncio form that will go directly to the Taxi authority in the municipality.

Personally, I would recommend the last option.

 

Ec Taximetro an easy to use app that accomplishes its goal. Run, don’t walk to download this free app.

What Did The Salmon Say When He Swam Into A Wall?

Damn!

I promise not to tell any more fish jokes if you come to the 2nd Artesans’s Bazaar at The Vegetable Bar Saturday April 29th from 9:00am – 1:00 pm

I will have all the usual suspects for sale

  • Salmon (Fresh and Smoked)
  • Trout (Fresh and Smoked)
  • Tilapia (Fresh And Smoked)
  • Paiche
  • Organic Shrimp

And, if you tell me to never tell a fish joke again you can get a 50% discount on the following

  • Tilapia
  • Smoked Tilapia
  • Trout Caviar

Plus, my favorite vendors will be there selling

  • Sourdough bread
  • Flavored Cream Cheeses
  • Indian Food
  • Gourmet Cheeses

Salmon, Paiche, Scallops and Latin Music

Drop by Restaurante Santa Canela (Calle Larga 3-82) this Saturday (April 15th) for a great barbecue and listen to Rafa, an Argentinian guitar player dazzle the audience

Salmon, Paiche and all the usual suspects will be there for purchase. Plus, bread by Artsena and Shrub from Bonobo Bob.

All the action starts at noon.

I’ll be at the following locations next week.

  • Bayou Cafe – Monday 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Sunrise Cafe – Tuesday 11:00 – 1:30pm
  • Santa Canela – Wednesday – 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Common Grounds Saturday (4/22 – 9:00 – 2:00 pm)