After six wonderful years in Ecuador, Rita and I are making preparations to move on. Our beachfront condo in the resort city of Salinas is officially on the market.
My journey to overseas retirement started about 10 years prior to actually retiring. Although I have traveled a fair amount both domestically and internationally for work and pleasure over the years, I never thought much about retiring abroad.
With its population blossoming from 500,000 to 700,000, and tourism increasing by 30% over the last decade, Cuenca—a UNESCO Heritage site—is positioned as the new "hip" place for gap-year students, curious tourists, and those of us looking for the retirement promised land.
“Why would you move to Ecuador?” I get this question a lot. In fact, I asked the same question myself when, three years ago, my husband suggested we move to Cuenca. But now, I know exactly why you should move there…
Flowers are a big deal in Ecuador. Walk around downtown Cuenca and you'll see flower-filled window boxes hanging from the French-inspired architecture. You can even take a stroll in Parisian-style parks filled with colorful gardens.
In 2013, Mary Wingo started looking for a new way to earn an income. Working as a scientific researcher, she was growing frustrated by the dwindling government funding being allocated to her field.
In life, we often take each other so seriously. We take offense when none is meant. Or step on someone else's toes without intending to. We communicate poorly.
When I talk to IL readers about healthcare in Ecuador, often it seems that folks are less concerned about the cost of care—which they know is low—and more concerned with the quality. So, I thought I would share with you some of my own experiences.
Because I am frequently asked what I do during Christmas, I'll give you a rundown of my typical activities. Every one of these things helps Cuenca feel like home for me during the holidays.
I thought it would be useful to give you an Ecuador Insider's guide to narrow down your options when it comes to finding your spot on the beach... You'll hopefully also find some considerations here that may not have occurred to you yet...