A Memorable 7th Anniversary in the Andes

We just had our 7th anniversary over the weekend!

I must say, it was heavenly. 🙂

Danny was super sweet and planned for us to rent a car (the first time in our 3 years in Ecuador!) and we drove two hours to the tiniest most charming town. It was such a treat driving again and listening to music on the mountain roads. I still pinch myself while on road trips with Danny because it’s just so enjoyable to converse (or sing off tune – haha.) Being with him never feels awkward – just comfortable and natural, no matter how long we’re together. Like I said, pinching myself... because there were times when I thought I’d never experience something like this.

We were so high up that we drove in the clouds for much of the way (literally) and felt quite adventurous driving on the foggy Ecuadorian highways. (Driving practices are also a bit different here, which kept us on our toes.)

In the town, there’s a chef who owns a fine dining restaurant (one of the best in all of Ecuador). He trained in Spain with another chef who, at the time, was “the world’s #1 chef.” Needless to say, our 9-course tasting menu was really memorable. And it felt like an unexpected delight to dine like that in such a tiny town.

The two of us have had quite a creative year together. And part of it has involved designing some items to sell in our new upcoming shop…. including this wool sweater and woven palm bag. 🙂 🙂

After dinner, we spotted a little basket shop all lit up and still open. When it comes to baskets, I am like a bee to honey…

We bought these beautiful woven nesting baskets. They’re so sturdy it seems like you could use them as a step stool if you had to. Here, they use them to serve mote (corn) and potatoes.

And before heading home, we bought some of these beautiful eggs as Danny wanted to make quiche the next morning, on the actual day of our anniversary. Yum, yum, yum.

And to top it off, we went on a trek in Cajas National Park with our three doggy girls. I think we’ll be reminiscing about this anniversary for a long time…

I should note that while adventures like this are really fun, to me the best part of an anniversary is celebrating all that we’ve experienced as a couple. Our lives haven’t been perfect at all. But what has been so beautiful is how we’ve been able to work through “life” together. I can say it has been better than my dreams.

Tomorrow I’m going to share what has made such an extraordinary, beautiful journey possible…



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  1. Jessica May 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Happy Anniversary! The pictures of the Cana National Park now looks like something I need to put on my list…..

    I signed up for the emails but only got number 9 and 10…..

  2. Jessica May 9, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Happy Anniversary!
    I think I am going to have to put Cajas National Park on my list. It looks stunning.

    I signed up for the emails but only received 9 and 10.

    • Mara Kofoed May 9, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Jessica – – thank you SO much for this note. We wrote our team and they’ll be checking on this. We’ll make sure you get the other emails. And yes, Cajas National Park is incredible! The scenery is so unique – it feels like you’re in Lord of the Rings or something. I would also recommend Cotopaxi National Park. The views of Cotopaxi are stunning.

  3. Michelle May 9, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Same here! 9/10 emails (but I’ve loved the 9!!)

    Mara, you said this is your last celebration of sorts in Ecuador- will you two be moving back to the states!

    Great to “hear” from you all again! I have missed you. 🙂

    • Mara Kofoed May 9, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Hi Michelle – k, thank you SO MUCH for the heads up on the email situation. Our team checked on Jessica’s emails – and it is showing they were sent – so there’s a chance they are in the junk/promotions folder. But would you mind checking your junk/promotions folder, too? I am determined to get to the bottom of this! Thank you so much. And, of course, we’ll send you emails 1-8 if needed.

      And yes – we are hoping to move back to the states as soon as we can. This has been the plan for quite some time, but because our site launch was so delayed, here we are still waiting to move back…. But it’s getting quite close now (meaning perhaps a few more months). We have some additional projects to wrap up, but it’s all in the process now. No sleep ’til Brooklyn! 🙂

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