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Dena Haines

Hi, I'm Dena Haines. And I'm co-founder of Storyteller Travel. I love to cover food, animals, and destinations around the world.

I also blog about photography at ClickLikeThis.

Two Years in Ecuador: Why We Moved and Stayed (75 Firsts)

The 23rd of July, 2011 marked the two year anniversary of  the day we landed in Guayaquil Ecuador. We spent one day there and then settled in Cuenca on the 24th. Why Did We Move to Ecuador? When we lived in Canada we had a fairly normal life, we had a nice house with a …

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Schooling (Home Schooling) Your Expat Kids: Our Ecuador Experience

If you have children and are planning a move abroad you’re probably concerned about their schooling. For us this was not a very big concern, because we homeschool our daughter. We’ve always had the desire to move to a foreign country, and homeschooling makes for good mobility. We prefer homeschooling for many other reasons as …

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Is Cuenca Ecuador Safe? 3 Things I’ve Learned (7 Tips to Avoid Crime)

Is Cuenca Ecuador safe for expats? There are lots of stories and opinions shared online and over coffee at gringo hangouts. In this post, we’ll share what we’ve learned. And tips to help avoid being a victim of crime. This post was written by an American and a Canadian expat – with a combined 20 …

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Have You Tried Dragon Fruit? Pitahaya: Bat Pollinated Cactus Fruit

This is a delicious, sweet and refreshing fruit. I’m a fan of fruit that’s easy and doesn’t need juicing or sweetening, like apples, mangoes and bananas. The Pitahaya fruit is new to me, and my list of “easy fruit.”  It’s a little funny looking, the skin is yellow (or red, depending on variety) and bumpy.  …

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Guide to Ecuador Taxis: Cuenca, GYE, Salinas, Quito (Tips, Safety)

Many expats here in Cuenca do not own cars and have to rely on public transportation to get around. Car ownership can be complicated and somewhat expensive in Ecuador so, like many other expats, we have had to adapt to a car-less lifestyle. Tips For Taking Taxis in Cuenca Taxis are everywhere in Cuenca and …

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We’re Moving to Ecuador! Here’s Our Story: Choose a Country, Sell, Move, Settle

Our journey started long before we ever set foot on the soil of Ecuador. For about two years we did research and preparation. First we had to decide which country we would be moving to. We moved to Ecuador in July 2009. This is our story. Here are some of the expat books we read …

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