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About Bryan Haines: Travel Blogging, SEO, Photography

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Hey, I’m Bryan.

And I like to travel. And blog. I’m also an SEO and photography geek. Check out some of my recent posts.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Along with Dena, I’m pretty busy on a number of projects. You can catch up with me in a few places.

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Where I’ve Been Featured / Published

  • National Geographic: Published detailed profile of Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Reuters: Interviewed for piece about moving abroad, by Quito-based journalist.
  • HGTV / House Hunters International: Our family was part of an episode based in Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Acadia University: Entrepreneurship Speaker
  • About.com: Online Business Journalist for 4 years. Covered content marketing, ecommerce, hosting.

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Sunday 14th of November 2021

"Keds" is Papiamento for "sneakers" (shopping phrase #7)? Did they pick up the American brand "Keds" (originally "Peds") and adopt it for all similar footware?

Bryan Haines

Monday 15th of November 2021

I'm unsure of the origins. Keds (shoe company) was founded in 1916. Ped is from the Latin word for feet.

Doug Dowling

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

Brian - We are planning a trip to Ecuador the focal point of which will be various garden tours. The penultimate venue on my wife’s garden tour list is the pakakuna gardens. I am confused by the online material I’m finding which describes pakakuna as a housing development within the country’s largest botanical garden. Does Klaus Egger own the entire botanical garden, or just the housing development within? Since much of the online material I’ve read is 5 years old, what is the current status of the housing development and the environmental impact of villas, restaurants, golf courses and a planned medical center on the surrounding botanical garden? Can anyone gain access for guided, or unguided, tours to the entire botanical garden? If so, what is the cost and contact info for such? Regards, Doug

Bryan Haines

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

It's a good question. I haven't spoken with anyone there for a number of years. I've only heard of Pakakuna as a development. Their Facebook page hasn't been updated since August 31 (2021).

Sorry I can't help with this.