Since having this blog I have always wanted to meet some like minded travel bloggers someday in person. Last night I finally got to and met up with Jason Castellani & Aracely Santos from www.twobackpackers.com. I have been following their site off and on since they left the US and when I seen a twit update from them, that they had just left Colombia and were heading to Quito, I quickly sent them a message for an invite. I asked if they would be cool with meeting up for a dinner with Lucy and I at our place. Can’t tell ya how thrilled I was when they replied and said yes to my invitation. When you start reading about someone’s travels they almost turn into celebrities in ones mind (well for me at least) and for me it was going to be a honor to have them over.
Jason had told me that they had befriended two other backpackers and would it be ok if they joined. The more the merrier I thought and we set dinner time for 7:00 pm. They didn’t arrive until about 7:40 pm and I have to admit I was getting a little worried but was relieved when they came walking up. They’ve been in Ecuador for only a day and already were adjusting to the local tradition of being fashionably late… TIE!
For dinner Lucy made chicken fajitas and I made my Tex-Mex egg rolls and Mexican bean dip salsa. We figured they would be getting plenty of Ecuadorian food while here and decided to make something non traditional. Besides who doesn’t like Mexican food anyways? Jason had also brought two bottles of red wine from Italy and I had some leftover rum from Cuba that we mixed up for a few rum & cokes. We had a great meal and talked about a lot of things ranging from; politics, blogging, travel stories to why neither Jason or I can’t speak a lick of Spanish.
I had a great night and learned a lot from these backpackers in a short amount of time. I think one of the best things I got from the met up was that it was great to find out how hard it is to maintain a blog and travel. Jason does a lot of video work and Aracely does the photos but they both stated how much time consuming it is to do both. I fully knew what they meant and was glad I wasn’t the only one who struggles with this.
If you want to follow their travels in South America, check out their links below. I highly recommend it, as they post something weekly and it’s always visually stunning and interesting.