Fort Negrita Blog

It's Voting Season! (Help Me Win a Fellowship)

Zero Waste

holstee fellowship mattress recycling

Hello fellow fort brethren! I come to you today with great news! I've been chosen as a finalists for the Holstee Fellowship. Holstee is responsible for that 'This is Your Life' manifesto you've probably seen floating around Pinterest/Tumblr and the likes.

If I win I will receive funding for my mattress recycling business, which I've been planning to launch in October of this year.

I'd love for you...

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The Best Day EVER! (Ecuador's Arctic Tundra/ Papallacta Hot Springs)

Eco-Tourism Travel

Ecuadors Artic Tundra Papallacta Hot Springs

Claiming something as the best  is always a bold statement. It means that nothing has been greater prior, a true way to say 'life hasn't been great up until this point.'

Before coming to Ecuador Supa and I made a list of things I wanted to do while living there for three months. Visiting Chota Valley, making it to the poor man's Galapagos and doing a 1-day bike ride in Quito's tundra mountains.

Frie...

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Sometimes I Spark Up Flames

Eco-Tourism Travel

bonfire on tonsupa beach

Call me a pyro but I blame the Sag in me. Guilty!, but I like to play with fire. I love the smell of matches and the smoke that lingers after you blow out a candle.

We make these bonfires on the beach at night, up until lately it's been the best part of the summer, but I will warn you the beach is dangerous at night in Ecuador! #iknowfirsthand

bonfire on tonsupa beach

Making the fire is the most consuming part of our...

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Run This Town: Mompiche

Eco-Tourism Travel

playa de mompiche beach

Alas, I've found my favorite beach in Ecuador! Supa and I explore a new beach each Sunday. I like to think of it as a weekly baptism, you know, submerging in water like kinfolk do.

We traveled to Mompiche for a weekend rendezvous and found paradise. Everything you can think of on a perfect beach is in Mompiche. Tranquil waters and waves, non-intrusive sand, scenic hill backdrops and a community...

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How to Recycle in DC? (Video)

Zero Waste

I got to spend a day at the recycling center for DC, Prince George's County, Northern Virginia and Bowie. The center is located in Capitol Heights (that's right all you DCist) and many have probably passed it driving down Ritchie Road.

I wanted to get a better idea of how everything works, where the recyclabels go, who separates my plastics from my cardboards and all that jazz; so I set up a tour.

T...

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