I am a pediatric nurse who quit her job at The Children’s Hospital Colorado to explore life in another country. Selling or giving away all that I own I have ventured south of the border to Cuenca, Ecuador with my dog Barkley. Here are the stories of my life change.

February 03 2016
Life in the day

The Sea and Sand! Salinas, Ecuador

In November I had my first visitor! Tammy was the first to take the long flight from Denver, Colorado to visit me in my new home here in Cuenca. Of course, being landlocked in Colorado Tammy greatly wished to put her toes into the sand and feel the cool waves of the Pacific ocean. After a quick tourist’s visit of Cuenca we headed west to Salinas, Ecuador.

Soft white sand of Chipipe Beach
Soft white sand of Chipipe Beach

Salinas is about 90 miles from Guayaquil and is the westernmost city of the mainland Ecuador. Now, there are many mixed opinions regarding Salinas. Many say: “Salinas is a mini Miami.” With this statement they are referring to the high rise apartment buildings that line the “Malecon” which is the beachfront esplanade.

The "mini-Miami" lined with high rises
The “mini-Miami” lined with high rises

Also, I believe these are also referring to the beaches that become packed with sunbathers and it is said that every inch of the beach is covered with the sun worshipers. So, I have to qualify my opinion with the fact that Tammy and I arrived in early November on a Monday and stayed through Wednesday. The little city was quiet and the beaches perfect for us!

The Malecon Salinas' beach front esplanade
The Malecon Salinas’ beach front esplanade

Tammy did get to put her toes into the Pacific and walk the soft, sandy beaches! All the while we were fascinated to watch the workers of the sea.

Fishermen at work
Fishermen at work
Mending the fishing nets
Mending the fishing nets
Beautiful Sandcastle
Beautiful Sandcastle
Local transportation
Local transportation
Local merchant
Local merchant
Everyone is very friendly
Everyone is very friendly

Tammy and I had a relaxing and fun experience in Salinas. We laughed. We breathed the moist, salty air. We walked the soft sand and felt the cool waves caress our legs. We watched the sunset over the peaceful waves of the Pacific ocean. We ate amazing seafood. We had a great time enjoying our friendship with long talks, laughs and wine. It was so nice to have her here!

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  • Hi Vicky I love the pictures you posted it looks like a great place did the earthquake affected you? I have not hear From you via email so I hope to hear you are doing fine

  • Hi vikki. Haven’t had a lot of time to look and comment. I ran away from children’s and started a new job. It’s looks beautiful and I hope you are having the time of your life❤️❤️❤️

    1. Daisy Batson 03:30am 18 April - 2016 - Reply

      Hi Vicky I love the pictures you posted it looks like a great place did the earthquake affected you? I have not hear From you via email so I hope to hear you are doing fine

    2. 05:55am 12 February - 2016 - Reply

      What a fun place to explore. Can’t wait to see it in person.

    3. uvaldo 01:23am 12 February - 2016 - Reply

      Woderful that you ve enjoyed that beautiful city and spacially the sea

    4. Lori Clark (McDaniel) 03:03pm 04 February - 2016 - Reply

      Hi vikki. Haven’t had a lot of time to look and comment. I ran away from children’s and started a new job. It’s looks beautiful and I hope you are having the time of your life❤️❤️❤️

    5. Mom 03:03am 04 February - 2016 - Reply

      You do such a great job telling us all about your travels and friends. Makes a person want to come to Ecuador to visit!!

    6. Kathryn White 11:29pm 03 February - 2016 - Reply

      Look at your many adventures, Vicki! So proud of you!

    7. Eileen 10:26pm 03 February - 2016 - Reply

      How is the preaching work?

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