Joe just Loves this Chocolate

Do you like unsweetened dark chocolate? Joe does. When we were staying in Manta Joe found this unsweetened chocolate in Super Maxi. I think in the states it’s just called cacao – no sugar OR milk solids/fats added.

img_3206 He would buy several bags and each evening he would sit and have just one of the disks.  It is not for me, unsweetened chocolate – can you say WHAT? That is for making brownies or hot chocolate but eating it straight from the bag?  Not for me!!  But Joe may have something here. All the news you hear about superfoods, chocolate is supposed to lower blood pressure, lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. Another reason that dark chocolate is especially heart-healthy it has inflammation fighting properties, which reduce cardiovascular risk.  We do not know if that is true or not but Joe loves it and it really helps him from having other snacks after dinner.

img_3208While in Manta last week at the SuperMaxi I found a shelf full, I think I picked up 10 packages.  Joe will just love it and of course he will think I am the greatest for picking it up for him.

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Wanderlust

Joe and I are feeling the call to more adventures. Itchy feet as our one friend calls it. We have decided to leave Ecuador for other travels in South America.

Ecuador has been a wonderful home since 2009. If you go back through my posts you will see just how much we have learned, enjoyed and expanded our horizons by being in this country.  We have met great people (you know who you are), visited and lived in different areas and have spent many hours just sitting on the beach living the good life.

As to where next, well we don’t know yet.  Those of you who’ve been following the blog from the beginning will remember that I wrote a bit about our time in Panama. Now it’s Ecuador. Stay tuned to see where our next stop will be.

When Joe and I were first thinking of moving out of the US, back in Kennesaw GA a dozen years ago, we found an article on living outside the US. Doing some research we found a lot of info on being a tourist but not much on health care, grocery shopping and the like.  Then we found some of the cruiser sites (for the uninitiated like us, these are people who live and travel around the world in sailboats). These were practical sites with info we could use.  Pictures of fruit and vegetable stands instead of museums, prices for haircuts and doctor visits.  We wound up on a blog by a couple on a sailboat and the quote under the title said it all – “Our Fifteen Year Journey to say Goodbye to the World” Wow.  What if we had fifteen years, what to do – where to go.  We don’t travel well. Joe dislikes planes and I don’t care for hotels for too long.  So we decided – what if our traveling was to move somewhere for a few years.  Every trip to shop is an adventure – so it was to be 5 places for 3 years each or 3 places for 5 years each.  Well it’s been about 10 years since then and we’ve been 2 places so far, and they’ve been just spectacular, each in their own way and for different reasons. And all of these amazing adventures will stay in our hearts forever, as they have changed us forever and in very good ways.  But it’s time. It’s time.

Ecuador you will be missed. Stay tuned……