Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We enjoy meeting the indigenous all around the world. Below you will see
photos of the native people of Ecuador.
Sometimes you can just get lost in their
faces; wondering what they are thinking, wondering about their heritage and
We hope you enjoy this
Red coral beads are a
sign of wealth and stature
Wealth is defined by what
we, as a culture, value. Here you see a native woman from Otavalo, wearing rows
and rows of red coral beads around her neck. The affluence of these beads she
proudly displays shows everyone her status in the community.
While individuals in
these cultures may or may not own horses, a truck or modern furniture, her
prosperity is not called into question. Should the need ever arise, she can
sell off a strand of coral to pay for food, lodging, medical expenses or any
emergency that might threaten her security.
Small girl waiting
patiently in her wool fedora
Wool fedoras are the
style in this part of Ecuador, and men and women of all ages wear them. The
beads on her wrists may be costume, or they may actually be real, as she
collects her wealth beginning as a child.
The gold necklaces that
she wears are blown glass beads with gold in the glass. Alternatively, they
could be plastic. But the culture is such that young girls begin wearing
these adornments from when they are children, preparing them for the real
thing as they get older.
Older gentleman in
The Spanish came to
Ecuador centuries ago and over time, married into the native culture. Here
you can see the Spanish features in his handsome face. He stands proudly,
and his eyes dance.
Vendor at Market
Afro-Ecuadorians are an
ethnic group in Ecuador comprising about 5% of the country's population.
They are the descendants of the slaves brought over to Ecuador during the
This beautiful woman
was engaging and fun.
Traditional native dress
with woolen poncho
It's chilly in this
area of Ecuador and the natives wear thick woolen ponchos to stave off the
You can find these
beautiful ponchos in the markets for sale.
Mother and child on the
way to the animal market
While in the Andes, we
visited an animal market in the cool of a weekend morning. It was located in
a large field where pigs, cattle, goats, sheep, chicken and other animals
were for sale. People came down from their mountain homes to either purchase
or sell their creatures and we felt honored to be able to view such a
Here is a young mother
and her child, both bundled up against the cold.
I have often wondered
what she was thinking about at that moment.
A good hot cup of brew
on a cold market morning
Here you see the steam
rising from the cup of hot beverage this native woman is holding. It could
be coffee that she is drinking, or hot chocolate, which prevalent in these
parts. Or it could be a strong cup of herbal tea.
Again, notice the gold
glass beads she wears around her neck. Her blouse is hand embroidered.
The woman on the left
is in native garb with her woolen poncho, headscarf and woolen over dress.
The lady on the right has more of a Spanish appearance in her clothing and
simply reflects a difference in styles.
For as engaged as they
are in conversation, it would be safe to say they are friends or at least
neighbors. Conversations like these between humans have been happening since
the beginning of our history.
The man on the furthest
right is wearing western attire, as many men do all over the world. He has a
western backpack. Women in these cultures would carry babies and groceries
in a woven cloth tied to their backs.
Ice cream is always a
Ice cream is a delight
all over the world. This young boy in his fedora chomps down on his cone
Young women in Tunibamba
These young indigenous
women stand in their front yard with the volcano Imbabura behind them.
We stayed as a guest in
their home for one day and one evening, as a tourist exchange to help bring
income to their family. Loans are offered with affordable rates to families
who will build a guest room to Western standards as an addition to their
home. In exchange, travel agents supply them with tourists for overnight
homestays that include living with the family and all your meals.
These delightful women
prepared our dinner the night before and our breakfast the morning we left.
They spoke both Quechua
Fabulous warmth of the
This woman was very
refreshing with her dancing eyes and ready smile. Sitting on the curb (which
is very common in many Latin American countries) she probably had
fascination for us as we did for her.
She, too, is wearing a
woolen over dress, a wide sleeved blouse and a fedora, accessorized with the
red coral bracelets and golden beads at the neck.
Andy Rooney, Ecuador
This anciano has
his thick poncho and fedora on to keep him warm in the chill of the Andes
He reminded us of Andy
Rooney with a Latin American touch!
Something of great
wonder and curiosity has their attention
I have often wondered
what it was these people were looking at, the moment we took this photo. It
certainly has their focused attention!
Different tribes in the
Andes are recognized by their native dress and very importantly, the style
of hat they don.
Regardless of what hat
they wear, you can still see the golden glass beads at their throats.
These women have all
their teeth as well, which isn't always the case.
Hand made fedoras at
Here you can purchase
any kind of fedora you might want. This woman is taking a look at herself in
the mirror to see how she appears in the new hat she put on.
Young school girls in
These girls seemingly
have a Spanish influence to their genes, and with these uniforms they are
probably attending a parochial school.
They were eager to
smile and we chatted a bit in English.
Businessman in Cuenca's
is a fine combination of Colonial architecture and modern day living. This
man is quite stylish in his suit, probably out for a bit of lunch.
The cathedral behind
him took 100 years to complete and was one of the most beautiful we have
seen. On par with Notre Dame.
Young mother boarding
We bused through the
Andes in Ecuador. From our window we were able to see this indigenous young
mother with her toddler coming to board our bus. Notice her dress is a bit
different than the ones shown previously. There is an embroidered collar
instead of glass beads, and no red coral in sight.
In traditional dress,
using modern cell phone
This young woman has
very little wealth to display, as she has plastic red beads for bracelets
and tiny gold colored beads at her neck. But she does have a cell phone, an
old flip phone from years back.
A mix of the old and
Our Tour Guide at El
El Panecillo is a major
tourist landmark in Quito, Ecuador. At the top of the hill is a 41 meter
aluminum statue of the Virgin with a crown of stars, angel wings and a
chained dragon. You can see all around the city from this hilltop location.
This lovely Afro-Ecuadoriana
was our Tour Guide.
Young Ecuadorianos in
These young, handsome
men, friendly to tourists were amenable to having their photo taken. They
are the future!
For more stories and
photos of Ecuador,
Ecuador Hotel and Travel Information
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