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About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).

Day trip to North Seymour Island, Galapagos*

While visiting Santa Cruz, we knew we wanted to take a day trip or two.  North Seymour had not been on our list of possible day trips (I can’t for the life of me remember why we had discarded the … Continue reading

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Things to do on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos*

When we decided to go to the Galapagos, and once I stopped jumping up and down yelling “we are going to the Galapagos,” our first decision was which islands to visit.  (The cruise or land question had already been answered, … Continue reading

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Another Covid update

So….for the first time since 2018 we are having small regrets about being homeless by choice.  Yes, we’ve moved yet again.  In the middle of a pandemic.  My parents are snow birds and it was time for them to fly … Continue reading

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Final thoughts on Colombia (2020)*

So, where to start?  This trip to Colombia was not nearly as magical as our trip in 2015.  Part of that is due to the fact that Robert arrived sick and, just about the time he started feeling better, I … Continue reading

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The food you have to try in Colombia*

Many people think of Colombian food as meat and starch, and there is quite a bit of that to be found.  But, we happen to really like the food in Colombia (especially the street food).  So, what foods do you … Continue reading

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Bird watching in Minca*

My favorite thing about Minca was the birds.  (In case you are wondering, Robert’s favorite thing about Minca was visiting the organic coffee farm.)  Colombia has the highest diversity of birds in the world.  In fact, there are over 1900 … Continue reading

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Covid-19 update

So….when we last wrote about Covid-19, we thought we were going to hunker down in Ecuador to ride out the Covid-19 storm.  We had a large, safe and comfortable apartment and the rent was affordable.  We had figured out how … Continue reading

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The bugs in Minca, Colombia

When we first read about Minca, it sounded like a wonderland.  The blogs we read used words like “paradise” and “idyllic” and “picturesque” and “lush” with “cool mountain breezes.”  It was “the real Colombia,” or so we read.  Lies, all … Continue reading

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Sheltering in place due to Covid-19

So, wow, this is one strange year, right?  Things were going along just fine and then “boom” the entire world changed almost overnight.  At least for us it did.  We were having a grand old time in the Galapagos Islands … Continue reading

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Would you look at those knockers!

Hey!  Get your head out of the gutter (I’m talking to you dad)….this post is about the famous door knockers of Cartagena. Cartagena is yet another UNESCO world heritage site.  I don’t think the doors or the door knockers were … Continue reading

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