A Review of Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move To Ecuador

An Adventure In Ecuador
An Adventure In Ecuador

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Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Elevated view of Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador

A Move To Ecuador

The national and international news has been so heavy lately, that I decided to cover lighter topics this month. I recently finished reading Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move To Ecuador by K.Kris Loomis and want to share this funny book with you.

The book starts when they arrive at the airport en route to Quito and ends after their first thirty days as visitors. Bringing their three-legged cat with them leads to some lively times. Triplet creates quite a stir while checking in at the airport. K takes us through their adventures with housing in Ecuador. How much we take for granted. We assume that everyone has access to the same luxuries that we do.

So Much To Learn

She introduces us to the people who help her and her husband, Hugh, learn how to use the bus transportation system and file for a visa. We visit some of Ecuador’s sites with them as they learn more each day about the land they’re calling home.

K says at the end of the book that she is “a more patient person”after living for three years in Ecuador.  After reading that “maÑana” translates to “tomorrow”, but loosely means “sometime in the future”, I can see how she developed more patience. They spent many hours and days waiting for plumbers, a shipping container, and their visa paper work. Learning how to bake and cook things at high altitude was also a challenge. As was “learning how to breathe at 9000 feet.” I loved her description of visiting the volcano.

Banos Ecuador
Banos, Ecuador-See the tiny cable car!
The tallest volcano in Ecuador.
The tallest volcano in Ecuador. (12,000 feet)


K also relates how difficult it was to learn Spanish fluently. As they struggled to learn new grammar and vocabulary, many of the people they met wanted to practice speaking English with them. I found this fact amusing.

A Market in Ecuador
A Market in Ecuador

Read This Book

I found this book to be entertaining and funny, and it transported me to a place on earth that I will never see myself. This armchair traveler enjoyed it immensely! Plus, it was really pleasant to forget briefly about my own and the worlds’ troubles. Sometimes we just need a break to recharge.

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I'm a writer, disabled registered nurse, and former home school parent of 6 children ages 19 to 32.


  1. Hi Kathy, thank you for participating in the October book linkup. I really appreciate your support in these new linkup projects! 🙂 The book sounds like a good break and I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ve yet to finish reading my magazine, but I’ll get the review up before the month ends 😉

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