Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Author Archives: bbryanthomas

Elephants in the Andes

Ecuador’s first rugby club was formed in 1974, in Quito, by a collection of expats from the UK, Chile, the Argentine and France. Our first intercity match, in 1975 was … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Last Chance

In the early seventies, there were few boats to be found in Bahia de Caracas and these were the motorized canoes belonging to the local fishermen. In those times Bahia … Continue reading

June 3, 2019 · 5 Comments

The Sting

On the surface, the trio behaved just like the usual American tourists. They were staying at the Hotel Colon and each evening, after drinks in the hotel, would walk the … Continue reading

June 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Visit to the Nambija Gold Mines, Ecuador, 1982

A 1982 diary account of a visit I made to the then, illegal gold mines of  Nambija, in Ecuador ’s southern Cordillera, with  John Wright, photographer and an American Character … Continue reading

May 30, 2019 · 2 Comments

El Pub Inglese

“To alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.” The Simpsons. – El Pub Inglese was not my first venture into the alluring world of gastronomy in … Continue reading

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Passport Please

Over the years, Ecuador has been a temporary home for many ex-pats and for a few it has become a permanent one. We even had our share of blue blood … Continue reading

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Looking For Joe Sheldon

Joe Sheldon and I had been good friends since we first met in The Wildcatter Club in the early seventies.  A former US marine and a Clint Eastwood look-alike; with … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

A Broken Tractor and a Wounded Torero

“Love can inspire you to accomplish some of the most amazing feats you’ll ever undertake.” (Self) One of the benefits of working with absent partners was to have the Wildcatter … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Treasure of the Llanganates

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike (Steinbeck) The only ones in the Wildcatter Club that afternoon were me and Gladys the waitress, when Warren came … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · 2 Comments
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