Los Pescadores

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I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Canoa learning how to shoot and edit videos. The locals have been so kind to me offering to help out.

I’ve learned so many new coastal foods like bolon de verde and Ecuadorian ceviche.

And so when I was asked if I wanted to go out on a fishing boat for the day to see what it was like I jumped at the opportunity.

I had a great time on the water with John David and Juan Carlos, talking to them about what it was like to be a fisherman but how important it was to their lives.

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We were on Juan Carlos’ boat but we had to borrow the motor, he still didn’t have one because they cost $5000 and there was no means to borrow money.

While a fisherman can make $800-1000 a month they needed to be able to fish to make that money.

And so Juan Carlos was in a terrible cycle as he could not raise the money to get the motor even though once he had it he would be able to earn the money to afford it.
 

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Keep in mind many people make the minimum monthly wage of around $300 a month – that makes a $5000 heartbreakingly expensive, especially as it can change the well-being of a family.

John David at 23 is already married, with 2 small children.

This is why I travel. Why I could not leave Canoa. I feel compelled to learn how other people live. Travel for me isn’t about seeing sights anymore but talking to people.

And so I asked John David if I could share his story. To share with you just a small glimpse of what was so special about the people in Canoa.

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  1. Susan @ Travel Junkette says:

    This is beautiful, Ayngelina! I’m so excited that you’re getting into videos. It looks like you have an eye for it — I’m excited to follow along. I’m sending this to my bf, who’s an Alaskan fisherman. I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of it!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Oh man would I love to create a video on the fishermen in Alaska.

  2. Raymond @ Man On The Lam says:

    You are getting REALLY good at this video thing Missy…REALLY good!! Nicely done!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Aww thanks Raymond.

  3. Your hard work is really paying off — great video!!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks Abby!

  4. Fantastic editing, Ayngelina! I love the way you handled the dialogue, and even the font you used. Looking forward to more of your video work.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks Alex, this is my favourite video to date.

  5. Diana Edelman says:

    Great video!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks Diana!

  6. Very very fun video. I can see why it makes you smile, it made me smile too! I’ll be finally utilizing my videography and filmmaking past to make travel videos and you are totally inspiring me, so thank you. Btw, how do you find such rad music to use?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I search for hours on Jamendo and I have started using AudioJungle too although you have to pay for that it takes less time to find the music.

  7. I love this post. it is very very fun video. I can see why it makes you smile, it made me smile too! I’ll be finally utilizing my videography and filmmaking past to make travel videos and you are totally inspiring me, so thank you.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks, that’s very kind to say.

  8. Michelle - Very Hungry Explorer says:

    Love this… particularly the shot of the birds around the boat.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You know that one I shot with my phone! The quality of video on phones now is incredible.

  9. Great work.Keep it up.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks Jeff!

  10. You are getting REALLY good at this video thing Missy…REALLY good!! Nicely done!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      This was an important story to tell for me, I’m glad you like it!

  11. great adventure with “Los Pescadores”

    Regards

  12. Great video Ayngelina!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks Juno!

  13. Carmen Allan-Petale says:

    This is so good Ayngelina! Really impressed! What kind of camera do you use, and what editing software? It’s very professional and you get the true emotional side to the man and his fishing job. Love it, well done.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I use an Olympus OM-D EM-5 which is a micro 4/3 camera. I once had a DSLR – Canon 60D but it was too cumbersome to travel with and I like the size and quality of this camera. I started teaching myself on Adobe Premier Pro but I just bought a Macbook so switched to Final Cut Pro.

  14. Loved the video, very moving. Great editing too, I really noticed a change across the videos, they are all good, but I was really impressed with this one. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into a life there in Canoa.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      In the future I want to share a mix of these stories, some just vignettes with music and others interviewing local producers.

  15. Great video! Loved it.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks Jackie!

  16. Matthew Karsten says:

    Super impressed with this one. You are turning into a pro!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks Matt, that means a lot coming from you.

  17. Great job on the video. They can take a lot of time to edit, and you chose an interesting topic. Very cool, and a great way to encourage others to compile their travel memories.

  18. Stephanie - The Travel Chica says:

    I have never understood how people can just go fishing for fun. It seems so boring. But fisherman who do it to make a living… that is another story.

  19. Ecuador is definitely in our bucket list and this made us more excited in the next couple of days! We are so glad we came across your website and we are very much looking forward to our trip! Nice video as well!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I’ve been in Ecuador twice, each for 3 month visas. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

  20. TammyOnTheMove says:

    I found this video really moving for some reason. He seems so passionate about what he doing, despite the problems he is facing with his debts. Lovely video!

  21. mike marcel says:

    Nice translated the video. some great tips!Thanks for sharing.

  22. Great article as always!
    All things being well, I should be visitingEcuador later this year…looks amazing!!!
    Keep those great blogs coming….

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