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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 240,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

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Ahhh Cuenca!! – Having a car gives Dano the freedom to take off for Otavalo, Cotacachi and points north of Quito. He left on a Friday in the rain and drove down roads made of nothing but dust.

Ecuador George – George has a little morality tale (he swears it’s only fiction) about going after your heart’s desire. Nothing wrong with a goal in mind, just don’t be blinded by reassurances that everything will work out fine once you fork over the money.

Eric & Katy in Ecuador – Katy found like minded caregivers at a seminar in Cuenca sponsored by Care Partners International. She hopes to begin working with the nurses at Años Dorados in palliative and hospice care.

Finding our Paradise in Ecuador #1 – Becky and Keith invited the Levins to come visit down the beach. Nan couldn’t help herself and picked up several rock specimens to add to her collection and a nice chunk of driftwood for the garden.

Finding our Paradise in Ecuador #2 – Nan was delighted when John and Mary MacDonald showed up bearing gifts of fresh cuttings from their beautiful garden.

The Gaithers Love Ecuador – The Gaithers have an extensive archive of blog posts. They received many questions that have already been covered by the topics labeled on their blog site.

Kimbler’s Exit to Ecuador – There’s something wrong with the Royal Enfield, it can’t make it up the Cajas. Randy and the guys at the shop will just have to wait until the technician arrives from India.

Living it up in Ecuador #1 – When out of town guests arrive the MacDonalds decide that it would be a good opportunity to check out Chirije, an eco-hostel located close to Ecuador’s famous UFO sightings.

Living it up in Ecuador #2 – After their tour of Chirije, the group explored the beach hidden to most except at low tide. Lucky Juan found calamari for his family’s dinner that night.

Looking for the Simple Life – Now that Frank and his friend Bill have arrived the Clark household is getting quite full. The kids are doing great, but Susan needs to find something constructive to do with herself.

Pro-Ecuador Blog – Gary and Linda stayed at the Hosteria Mandala while they were visiting Puerto Lopez. It’s location in a jungle microcosm makes travelers feel as if they stepped into another universe.

We moved from Chicago – Michael participated in a poker tournament set up to benefit the Messengers of Peace orphanage in the Yunguilla Valley. He toured their soap making facility and got to meet some of the residents.

p.s. We are on the final countdown of our move to Ecuador. South of Zero will be going on hiatus Friday while we transition to a new location. We would like to remind everyone to check out Xpadorian Blogs in the meantime.

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