There is a lot of evidence that shows it's good for your brain to learn new languages, especially when you're older. Some studies show it may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's.
Even without meaning to, how can you ruin someone else’s day? Just mention the words “property taxes” and watch the instant transformation from happy feelings to smoldering resentfulness. Which is exactly how I used to feel, when living in my California condo.
“The view from my terrace is spectacular in every direction. I am surrounded by mountain peaks, stars, and fresh, clean air.” Former New Yorker, Mindy Dickinson, lights up as she describes her new home in Cotacachi, Ecuador, just two hours north of Quito.
Since the election of a new president in 2017, we've been waiting to see what effect the change in leadership would have on life in Ecuador. Talking to locals, they seemed evenly split. An area where we are now starting to see results is in moves to promote economic growth.
Salinas is a beach culture through and through. From its beautiful beaches lining the boardwalk, to the ample choices of restaurants serving some of the freshest and most delicious seafood, there’s no denying that Salinas is an Ecuadorian destination that shouldn’t be missed.
On two Sundays of every month, the association of embroiderers holds a small market in town where you can talk to the artisans themselves and purchase their goods. I found beautifully embroidered shirts, table runners, placemats, coasters, napkins, aprons, and more.
I really did catch a five-pound rainbow trout on my second cast on an Ecuadorian lake in the Cajas mountains. I have the picture to prove it. When we retired to Cuenca four years ago, this was just the type of adventure I pictured myself doing.
I often receive messages from readers inquiring about life in Cotacachi. Sometimes they have specific questions about medical care or if their cat's thyroid medication is available locally. But more often than not, they want to know about opportunities for socializing and keeping themselves busy if they choose to retire here.
On a cold December evening with temperatures dipping into the single digits Fahrenheit, we decided to sell our drafty Victorian in downtown Lexington, Kentucky and live less expensively in Ecuador…a decade sooner than we’d expected.
I switched from buying food from SuperMaxi that I'd eventually massacre in the kitchen, to ordering home delivered meals—to see if I could save money, time, and effort.