Not long ago, I visited Ecuador on a short holiday. I spent my time hiking, horse-back riding interviewing and hanging out with locals, trying to perfect my mediocre Spanish.
As with all of my adventures, I met so many great people along the way. One of them was Mignon Plaza, who owns and runs Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, a magical palace right outside of Quito, Ecuador. San Agustin is replete with rich history, culture and adventure – I noticed it the minute I was greeted at the entrance.
After I finished my horseback ride, Mignon and I had coffee, chatted about life and our interests. I shared my writing and marketing experience and my obsession with researching and capturing the stories of the global cultures, people, places and things. Mignon graciously invited me to come stay with her and the staff there to help capture the San Agustin story, brainstorm innovative ideas to help raise awareness of this exquisite cultural destination and spend time with the magnificent people of the village.
Of course, accepting this invitation was a no-brainer. I am eternally grateful and hope this is one of many such projects and expeditions I’ll lead during my lifetime.
I have a million ideas, completed many weeks of research, outlined my activities and planned a few intended adventures during my stay. I know not all of this will go according to plan, and that’s the part of the expedition that I love.
To round this out though, I need your thoughts, your creative minds, your insightful angles.
What do you want to hear about from the expedition? Questions I should ask the people to help bring the culture alive in words, photos and video? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below – let’s make this a collective project!
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