Hola! My name is Damaris and I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio but I live in Cuenca, Ecuador. I came here as a footloose, fancy-free, adventure-seeking volunteer about 7 years ago. I wasn’t looking to stay here long-term, or do anything long-term for that matter, but who would have guessed that a spunky little girl with stubborn Polish blood coursing through her veins could find her “media naranja” (half an orange or better half) in South America! Not me. Although it was the last thing I was expecting, it was and still is the BEST thing.
In the meantime, life is different now. For the past 3 years Marcelo and I have been busy making a home and building a life for ourselves in Cuenca. Like so many other relationships, ours is one that thrives on GOOD food. I’ll never forget the day when I started to understand that my good friend Marcelo could possibly have something more in mind for us when he casually mentioned how delighted he would be to live out the rest of his days munching on carrots and hummus – a snack that I had introduced to him! Ever since then we’ve been at each other’s side in search of the next tasty adventure. Whether it’s coming to learn about and love the local flavor or understanding how to incorporate it into a North American dish, this blog is dedicated to dislosing our finds.
To read more about Marcelo and I and our life in Ecuador, check out our story featured here. For LOTS more info on what it’s like to relocate to Ecuador, check out this series on www.gringoabroad.com.