Pretend work and real play with my new friends at The Donkey Den!

After my amazing welcoming present of the fishing last night (that fun post seen here) I wake up to get a nice tour before getting started with the others.

Looking at the guesthouse from the beach.

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The view off the balcony looking back at the beach.

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A walk through the kitchen and outdoor dining area followed by a peak in our room.

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Did I mention there are 5 very relaxed dogs and 9 lazy cats?

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Here is the creator, owner and very well known, sweet Linda. A generous woman who clearly has a strong drive considering she built this guesthouse from the ground up. I really have a hard time imagining the process she must of went through being new to Ecuador and having very limited knowledge of the Spanish language. That alone speaks in volume for her patient yet feisty personality.

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We’re all here to pitch in to bring this place as far as it can go. Meet a power couple that has been here for two months already and has transformed the Donkey Den to what it is today. All the way from Australia, “just passing through” is Bernie and Trevor. (He usually doesn’t rock the pink top, but i think its a job well done).

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Ann and Colin are what I believe to be a perfect balance of outgoing and grounded. With their creative powers combined, this adorable team turns everything they touch into a work of art. The love they have for one another is shown through respectful words and kind conversation. When I grow up… I want to be just like them!

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PS: Ann has a blog too. Check her out at NeverLostAnn!

Finally, there’s Sophie. She’s laid back, naturally funny and extremely easy to talk with. Traveling through South America, we connected at the right time in the perfect place for our paths to cross and continue. Within hours of meeting we had plans to skip town together and spend a week heading south. For now, more work in the Den.

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When the days work (if you call it that) is finished, you have many options to fill your time.

There’s reading, writing or sleeping in the hammocks -aka- “Hammock Therapy”.

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Taking a walk through the town.

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Our favorite is beach time of course!

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I had a little (a lot) of fun getting side tracked with a stick in the sand and effects on my camera!

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Each evening promises a gorgeous sunset to calm the mind and welcomes another peaceful night of realization that this is my life… I am so grateful.

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6 thoughts on “Pretend work and real play with my new friends at The Donkey Den!

  1. Beautiful. Perfect. Amazing. Miss you SO much but loving following your journey. Sending LOVE and LIGHT! Donna

  2. Bernadette Oversby

    Thank you Erica for sharing this with me, just awsome, may you have some wonderful travels & safe ones as that…was a pleasure sharing our experiances @ The Donkey Den, Santa Marianita, Manta…
    Take care xx

  3. Robin

    I can hardly believe you’ve been at this for over a year. Here’s to your continuing adventures! 🙂

    • I’m with you Robin! So thankful to say I’m still enjoying every step. Thank you so much for the encouraging words and cheers to YOUR adventures as well!

  4. Leslie jones

    Erika, still loving your pics and stories. Also gonna follow your buddy Ann for awhile 🙂

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