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Building with Bamboo – Making Esterilla

Esterilla is essentially flattened bamboo and can be used as flooring, wall paneling, and anything else where you need a strong flat material. In Ecuador we saw it used as walls in many local homes. We happened to come across … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Organic Sunscreen

It’s summer time and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll be spending some serious time in the sun. Standard sunscreens are packed with chemicals that are bad for your body, the ocean, and reefs. Organic sunscreens can be … Continue reading

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Treehouse Envy

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Bamboo: Hip-E habitat?

The search for a sustainably built home has led us all over the place in the past months.  We’ve been learning a lot about various green building methods and materials, from hay bales, to clay, earth ships and bamboo.   … Continue reading

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House Hunters in Humboldt – the Tweaker Mansion vs. the National Park

Homelessness is over-rated. Sure it’s nice for a little while – no rent, no mortgage, nothing keeping us in one place or another – but after a few months of staying at other people’s homes and constantly having to move … Continue reading

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Land Hunters Lost in the Jungle

We are constantly on the hunt for good land for sale. When a too-good-to-be-true ad for a big piece of cheap land led us down ever-narrowing roads, we got out and started walking, admiring the plant life along the way.

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When to buy organic, and when it’s ok to save some money

If I had endless amounts of money…. I’d buy organic everything. Unfortunately, I do not have endless amounts of money (very unfortunate), so while wandering the produce aisle, it’s sometimes very hard to choose. A small bunch of organic cilantro … Continue reading

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The Best Beer in Ecuador

Hiking through permaculture farms and admiring bamboo structures makes one quite thirsty. Usually, quality hoppy libations are inaccessible in Latin America, which is why we were so ecstatic to happen upon Cafe Flor and Roche’s Brewery in Canoa, Ecuador. We’d … Continue reading

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