Category: Culture

MONEY! Currency in Ecuador

The quick read; since 2001, Ecuador has used the U.S. dollar. Why? Read on … The sucre lost 67% of its foreign exchange value during 1999, then in one week nosedived 17%, ending at 25,000/US$1 on January 7, 2000. On January 9, President Jamil Mahuad announced that the US dollar would be adopted as Ecuador’s

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It’s different: electric socket installation

I noticed this right away, as I brought a plug extender from home (North America) and it didn’t fit! It took me a second, but all of the electrical sockets are installed like this.  This is the standard installation …….     Vs, North America standard:     Still don’t see it? Let me show

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Banana peel can be used if fruit’s unsuitable for fresh market

Ecuador is one of the leading banana exporters worldwide, covering over 30% of the global market. Nonetheless, every year it produces around 240 thousand tons of fruit that are not exported due to defects and problems during harvesting or transport. This by-product generates a serious environmental problem due to its high organic load, meaning it

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What you need to know about the bathrooms in Ecuador

I’ll never forget the look on my boyfriend’s daughters’ face when we walked into a public washroom in downtown Guayaquil.   It was a massive, spotless concrete room, full of toilets without toilet seats. We also realized none of the stalls had toilet paper. Public Bathrooms As our days in Ecuador progressed, we learned this was the

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Recipe: Ecuadorian Ceviche

Ecuadorian cuisine, the cuisine of Ecuador, is diverse, varying with altitude, and associated agricultural conditions. Pork, chicken, beef, and cuy (guinea pig) are popular in the mountainous regions, fish is very popular along the coast. Proteins are always served with a variety of carbohydrate-rich foods, especially rice, corn, and potatoes. There's nothing better than fresh

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What’s a Golden Berry?!

My first introduction to the golden berry in Ecuador was in relation to chocolate. I can’t complain, as I quickly realized it was a sweet little nugget that tastes incredible when coated in dark Ecuadorean chocolate. It’s also commonly found in juice form. Goldenberry enjoys economic importance due to its richness in nutrients and its

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Don’t refridgerate those eggs! 

When I first arrived in Manta, one of the first things I did was go grocery shopping to stock up my condo fridge.  I was so excited to be able to fill my fridge with so many local fruits and veggies.  After a quick cab ride, I was at their biggest and newest supermarket, Megamaxi.

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