Memories and Ashes

This is the first post in a long time. Almost a year. I wanted to get back in traveling mode. I am back in Bahia, were I lived for 4 months last year. I sa almost all the people that I used to live with and it was so much fun! But today I am writing for an other reason.

I am writing to say my goodbyes to the first place I called home in San Francisco. The block in between Powell and Columbus on union burned down yesterday. In that block I spent most of my free time the first 2 years living in the city. Rogue is where I started to appreciate beer, where I met most of my best friends, where most of them used to work. Rogue was never just a bar, Rogue was family, Rogue was my living room, it was my home, my kitchen…even my bedroom sometimes 😉

North Beach will not be the same without.And I really wanted to say a last goodbye.

Also I don’t know why I have all these pictures of Mike and Nam but it was very fun to go through them 😉

It will be hard to come home and not walk in … Always in our hearts


Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was intense, what I will remember better will be STAIRS..WP_20170416_089.jpg

Stairs every where, going down, going up… damn how many stairs…

What amazed me the most of Machu Picchu? of course, the history behind it, it was not discovered for the longest time, that is why it so perfectly preserved… but for me, it was a challenge, I am not a hiker, nor a walker in any way… But when I got there I decided to climb everything I could… and in the middle of all the stairs I always thought that maybe I could just go back, because it was a bit too much for me.. but I never did, and climbed till the highest top. I decide that moment that I was not going to stop. hiking, traveling, learning….. living…

that was Machu Picchu for me… discovery… that you can do what ever you want, if you really want it..WP_20170416_040


screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-5-29-57-pmDo you know what is more annoying than being eaten alive from mosquitos?  Being eaten alive and living with an ecologist who is studying and researching mosquito’s disease…

It’s like : ‘Oh, another bite? You know what that could be, right?’

Thank you for the friendly reminder…

Anyways. It’s rainy season here and hot as hell, I am getting eaten alive, and I started  researching what could help:

  1. Use natural repellents…. I have everything from Eucaliptos, palo santo, lemon, sage.. check
  2. Use repellent…. check
  3. Wear long sleeves and pants…. check, even though it’s 85 degrees under the shade
  4. Sleep with a mosquitos net…. check
  5. Avoid parts of the world where the mosquitos are common…. For real????
  6. Avoid standing water…. Right…well, it is rainy season and that is definitely all I have to say on this #6 step. You try!
  7. Avoid mosquito season…. too late for that!!
  8. Avoid getting too hot…. But you just told me to wear long sleeves and long pants in freaking Ecuador!

Last but not least….

9.Use a mosquito swatter or trap them in a cup…. I am done reading by now…….

I guess was not the most accurate website to search informations from, but then I also find this:

“When mosquitoes sting us, what they pretend is to absorb the proteins that are in our blood. In this sense, studies have found that people who belong to the blood group O, are more prone to be bitten by mosquitoes , because precisely in this type of blood is where are the proteins most preferred by mosquitoes. A person belonging to blood group O has twice the chance of attracting mosquitoes compared to a person of blood group A. For people of blood group B, the risk of stinging is intermediate.” (from

At that point I called my mom asking my blood type, she, of course, had a panic attack thinking that I needed a blood infusion and I was dying, and,after reassuring her explaining that I did not have an accident I was only being eaten alive from mosquitos, told me that I was……..

Yes O + .. Nothing I can do..



Hey friends!!!

I go the first donation on my blog!!!

(Thank you Carlos!!!)

It took me a bit to decide where I want to start working.

I decided today to ask for a quote from Bahia Beach Constructionimg_1572 to help us build a bathroom for the family that hosted me.

I will have friends and hopefully volunteers helping but I will need to find more funding for materials.

We really don’t need a lot ( I will let you know as soon as I have details) but a little help from everyone and we can give them a real toilet and maybe even a shower in a room with a roof.. Rainy season is not a joke here.

The family is taking care of the 8 years old son with 85% of disability, he can’t walk nor be left alone at any moment, and the completely blind grandmother …

Come on..A little bit of help here….

there is a beautiful donation button if you want to contribute!

walking palms clinic

walking palms clinic

Sunday we went to the beautiful community of Bellavista in Bahia de Caraquez.

The community was very involved. David and Avriel have been there before. David still leaves in Casa Gorda, beautiful hostel in BellaVista, and Avriel lived there for 3 months.

The community knows us and trust us, we had so many people coming that we had to give out numbers!!!

Walking palms was able to bring 2 suitcases of donated medicines, 2 Psychologist and 2 Doctors, also we had 2 people translating for the doctors and volunteers playing with the kids.img_2086Debby playing with the kids while the parents are talking with the doctors

Walking Palms works with little communities around Bahia de Caraquez, they bring medicines, doctors, psychologist and education on diseases. More informations on my #sharethelove page!!