I am currently in Canoa, Ecuador. It is a little beach town filled with friendly locals, surfer dudes and so-tanned-they-look-like-walnuts retired folk from North America.
I have spent large parts of my days here swinging in a hammock. When the swinging gets a bit hot and too much like hard work, I head 50 yards to the beach to get a bit of the sea breeze. Life is hard here and I don’t suggest you try it unless you are sure you can cope with it.
I’m staying at a place called Baloo Hotel. Baloo from the Jungle Book sums up this place nicely. It’s a place to laze around in the sunshine with no agenda. My bare necessities here include:
• sun cream, no less than factor 30 due to Ecuador being on the equator (clue’s in the name)
• bug spray between 6pm-8pm to stop those dengue/malaria spreading little f**kers
• 2 litres of water per day to keep me hydrated and beautiful
• one magnum per day (dulce de leche por favor), they melt so quick it’s as if I’m only having half a magnum so perhaps I should up my dose to two a day
• daily spectacular sunset, por favor
• one hammock for swinging purposes
• one dose of fresh seafood per day, cerviche’ll do nicely gracias
• daily dip in the ocean but not past the waist because it scares me
• a fan in my room to bring the night time temperature down to less than 30 degrees
• banana colada, like a pina colada but made with banana, tastes so good and I’ve seen them make it with a whole banana so I’m counting it as one of my five a day
Signing off, the typing is making me break out in a sweat. Until next time…