Vegans Abroad in Cuenca Ecuador

Vegan vs Plant-Based

Vegan vs. Plant-Based: What’s the Difference? (Episode 83)

Welcome to our blog! We haven’t thought to promote it before, assuming people would dig deeper and find it, but several people pointed out they didn’t know about it so we thought we’d tell you.

All of our videos have an associated blog post with more pictures, context, details and links to relevant information and businesses. If you ever have a question that we didn’t cover in the video, check the blog post linked in the YouTube description. It might be there.

This video is a response, of sorts, to the rash of “ex-vegan” YouTube “celebrities.” Several, including Rawvana and Raw Alignment, have said they’re eating animal products due to health issues caused by their previous “vegan” diets, which were extreme fad diets that happened to be vegan.

These people were never actually vegan, though. They lacked the vegan ideology and mainly focused on the diet/vanity aspects related to being thin. Additionally, many of them were using veganism to hide an eating disorder for which they need to seek professional help….

Our Big Surprise + Emergency Trip to US Embassy in Guayaquil

Our Big Surprise + Emergency Trip to US Embassy in Guayaquil (Episode 82)


Amelia is finally letting me tell you because we can’t keep it a secret any longer. That’s because we had to make an emergency trip to the US Embassy (Embajada de los Estados Unidos) in Guayaquil to get my passport renewed. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Our friends Chinnu and Abin from Namaste India are getting married! Their story is a full blown India Rom Com (Romantic Comedy) that we’ll share on a later date.

We’ve been going to Namaste since our first week in Cuenca, and we forged a friendship with Chinnu and now Abin, too. We’re VERY honored to be invited and excited to attend their wedding in southern India!

We will also be staying in Amsterdam for a week on the way to India, Amelia’s first time to Europe and my first time to mainland Europe. But before we can go, we have some obstacles to overcome…

Flashback Day In Our Life + Apartamentos Otorongo Tour

Flashback Day In Our Life + Apartamentos Otorongo Tour (Episode 81)

This is a flashback day in our life. When we first moved here and stayed at Apartamentos Otorongo, we had a daily routine that included fresh fruits & veggies, and fresh baked bread…

Cuenca Expat Pros & Cons Part 2 (Episode 80)

Here is our Cuenca Expats Pros & Cons list, our second top 10 list of things we love about Cuenca and a few things we don’t love so much….

Upper Cajas Cuenca Ecuador

Hiking in Upper Cajas National Park – Cuenca, Ecuador (Episode 79)

On this excursion outside Cuenca, Ecuador, we went to Upper Cajas in the Cajas National Park. Edwin picked us up about 9:30AM and the drive took us about 45 minutes to reach the check in station.

Entry into the park is free, but we did have to sign in at the building by the parking lot before venturing down the trail toward the lake…

Yoga in the Park + 3 Year Veganversary

Yoga in the Park + 3 Year Veganversary (Episode 78)

We celebrated our 3-Year Veganversary over the weekend! We went vegan on March 8th, 2016 and haven’t looked back! We did several fun things to celebrate our compassionate, environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle, and we share a couple of them with you in this video.We also just passed 500 subscribers on our Vegans Abroad YouTube Channel! Thank you all for subscribing and continuing to watch our videos! They’re quite the labor of love so knowing so many people enjoy them makes it all worthwhile!

San Sebas + Marc's Consignments

Cuenca Museum of Modern Art in San Sebas + Marc’s Consignments Tour (Episode 77)

This day in the life video is a walking tour of the San Sebas (or San Sebastian) area of Cuenca Ecuador. 

Our first stop was at Marc’s Consignments. One of our very first subscribers, Marla, will be moving here to Cuenca in June and she requested a tour of one of the consignment stores….

Is It Easy to Be Vegan in Cuenca

Is It Easy to Be Vegan in Cuenca Ecuador? (Episode 76)

A few of our viewers have asked us, “Is it easy to be vegan in Cuenca Ecuador?” So we thought we’d record a video discussing this topic. We think it’s VERY easy to be vegan in Cuenca, and here are our top 7 reasons why…

Day In Our Life During Carnaval 2019 in Cuenca

1 Day In Our Life During Carnaval 2019 in Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 75)

Another beautiful, tranquilo Sunday in Cuenca Ecuador and another Day In Our Life video. We logged over 24,000 steps walking around Cuenca, and we share many of those steps with you.

It’s Carnaval here in Cuenca, which means you need to watch out for water balloons and spray foam. It’s tradition to get people wet by any means possible during the week leading up to Ash Wednesday. We barely missed getting hit by two water balloons thrown from a moving car on our way home from Supermaxi on Friday. The threat is real, people.

Gentle Minimalism

Gentle Minimalism: Why We Sold ALL Our Stuff (Episode 74)

This is the story of why we sold all of our stuff, downsized into a tiny apartment, and moved to Ecuador with four suitcases. Going gentle minimalist has liberated us from the weight of our possessions while drastically reducing our footprint on this tiny blue planet.

After two surgeries to fix my spine, we had a tough decision to make. We either had to refinance our house to get a smaller payment we could afford, or we needed to sell it and do something completely different. After several months of discussion, analysis and convincing (I had to convince Amelia it was the right thing to do), we decided to sell the house and everything in it.