So you might think that living in a small Latin American town might be detrimental to the education of my sons. After all it can be tough to find quality education in rural areas of North America let alone that of Ecuador. And it’s true that I do devote a good portion of my time to keeping my boys up to par with their math, literature, history, and science, but luckily the advent of the internet, e-readers, and tablets makes my job far easier than it would have been just a generation ago.
But one of the really fantastic things about Cotacachi is the other expats who live here. They are all so diverse and have the most interesting backgrounds. Some of them are skilled musicians and my boys have had the privilege of playing with and learning from a few of them.
Justin began playing guitar at the age of six in Idaho and so he had a nice foundation before we moved, but he has learned so much from the expats here. He’s been introduced to different musical styles and been pushed to learn new things of his own.
Jesse began playing drums under the instruction of another expat here and for his birthday this past spring we bought him his own electric drum set. Now both boys can play and practice together which I really love. Here’s an example of a recent song they learned – I hope you enjoy it.