July 2020

July 2020

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July 16, 2020

Most of us would likely not put tattoos or cosmetic procedures on our list of vital requirements… If we thought about them at all, we would probably put them in the category of "fun to contemplate." I didn't have these sorts of things on my checklist for moving overseas at all…but all kinds of possibilities can open up when you're abroad.

June 2020

June 2020

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June 20, 2020

When I lived in Florida, growing a vegetable garden was like flying too close to the sun. Everything got burned to a crisp. But in Cuenca, where the warmth of the equator meets the high elevation of the Andes, the climate provides near-perfect spring/fall weather year round. The average temperature is low 50s to mid-70s most of the year, with frequent rains, so my plants have a fighting chance at life.

May 2020

May 2020

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May 13, 2020

Being younger expats is an interesting experience. Expat communities are often made up of older retired folks, including here in Cotacachi. But being young expats had its unique perks. We soon became a valuable entity in the expat community.

April 2020

April 2020

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April 21, 2020

Ayangue is a gem among the treasures of the coast, and provides a great diversion on a sunny day. You should definitely keep this place on your "to do" list for when you come down to coastal Ecuador.

March 2020

March 2020

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March 21, 2020

If you want long hikes and overnight adventures, head to El Cajas National Park, located about 18 miles west from Cuenca. The area is 70,500+ acres between 10,000 and 14,600 feet above sea level, with tundra vegetation winding through hills and valleys and spectacular views.

February 2020

February 2020

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February 26, 2020

With the advent of more American-like grocery stores, expats started changing the way they shop. Expats often skip trips to the local mercados, where veggies and fruits are a fraction of the cost, and instead shop at the upscale supermarkets, which offer more conveniences.