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Merry Christmas from Ecuador. I hope you all had a merry one. It actually wasn’t very festive at the beach (we couldn’t even find santa hats!) but thanks to the magic of Photoshop it sure looks like it was!

I appreciate all your input on our New Year’s Eve dilemma that I presented last week — splurge to stay on the beach in Moñtanita or save and head for the mountains in Baños? I agree with the majority of you — splurging is a must on occasion! And had we found a great hostel I would have paid almost anything to do it. But the desirable places were booked months ago meaning we’d be paying a fortune to stay a week somewhere pretty unpleasant — which feels less like a splurge and more like a ripoff.

In the end, we decided to head for Baños. We spent a full three weeks at the beach and it was time for a change of pace. We arrived this morning and I’m already feeling relieved and happy about our decision. Plus, while I’m a beach girl, Anders is a mountain guy — and traveling as a pair is all about compromise.

Onto Photo of the Week!

Photo A

Welcome to Moñtanita

Photo B

Delicious smoothies on the beach

Photo C

Scenes from Moñtanita

Photo D

Beautiful sunsets

Photo E

Colorful scenes in Guayaquil

Which photo is your favorite?

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28 Comments...
  • Stef
    December 29 2013

    Photo C!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      I’m a sucker for sneaky iguanas too 🙂

  • Dad
    December 29 2013

    Actually, your photo shopped Christmas picture is my favorite because you guys are in it. But among the actual contenders I would say A, because it looks so warm and relaxing, I like the composition of the palm frond in the pic as a frame and the colorful beach umbrellas C is a spectacular runner up

    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Aw, shucks. Had to send out a virtual Christmas card somehow!

  • Divelicious Chris
    December 29 2013

    This is a tough one – I think I’m going to have to go with photo E. Although photo C reminds me a lot of Koh Tao which makes the decision quite hard.
    I hope you guys will have an amazing New Years Eve in the mountains! Can’t wait to follow your travels in 2014 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Did you ever see anyone surfing on Koh Tao? I never did, though Stand Up Padding is getting quite popular from what I hear!

      • Divelicious Chris
        December 31 2013

        Sorry, I meant photo B!
        No I don’t think I ever saw any surfers even though a lot of the time we sure had waves enough (but I don’t know if they would have been any good for surfing..).

        • Meihoukai
          January 2 2014

          Ah yes, that makes a lot more sense now 🙂

  • Chris
    December 29 2013

    Loving the surfboards in C this week.

    Will let you know what a NYE is like on Gili soon!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Aw, I miss Gili now! Tell my friends at Big Bubble I say hey 🙂

  • Sarah Somewhere
    December 29 2013

    I like the first one of you two!!! But love them all! Enjoy your new year in the mountains, good call!!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Thanks Sarah! I feel a weight off my shoulders since we arrived. We definitely made the right call, even though it might not have seemed like it at first.

  • Breanna
    December 29 2013

    Photo D! Im a sucker for a sunset!

    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      You should head to Montanita then, Breanna…. there were some stunners there!

  • Gaelyn
    December 30 2013

    So the mountains won. Photo E for all the brilliant colors. And is that Elivs?
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      I’m going to have to post a lot more about those guys after New Year’s Eve… they are everywhere! Apparently it is a tradition all over Ecuador to build these effigies which are burned on the big night along with fireworks, firecrackers, and all kinds of loud fire-y fun. I can’t wait to see it!

  • becky hutner
    December 30 2013

    The first trio is too cute & those waffles look divine. Then I’d go with A — the row of beach umbrellas in muted colors reminds me of a classic beach scene from 1960s europe!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Yes, it does have a vintage look to it! I’m having a lot of fun with Photoshop actions lately 🙂

  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    December 30 2013

    photo C! ithe surfboards remind me of the beach towns of western mexico!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Ah, Mexico is still on my travel wish list!

  • Steve
    December 30 2013

    Tough one this week. I’ll choose D as I like sunsets. I wish you and Anders all the best for 2014.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Thank you Steve, that is very sweet and we wish the same to you and yours!

  • Helen G. Dickerson
    December 30 2013

    I love the photo of sunset. Always been captivated by dramatic sunsets.

    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Thanks Helen! I know how you feel. I’m a sucker for sunsets myself.

  • Andy
    December 30 2013

    C!! I like it the most.
    I hope you’re having a wonderful and happy time!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 30 2013

      Thanks Andy! I can’t complain… life is good 🙂

  • Kathryn
    December 30 2013

    C-1 looks like a painting. Wish I could identify which artist it reminds me of…

    Stunning…