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.
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.
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.
When I first moved to Cotacachi, one of the biggest challenges was finding the best places to get my various needs met. There is no shopping mall here, no Wal-Mart, no mega-grocery store, and no fast food restaurants. However, I can find everything I need—and nearly everything I want—locally.
Most of us are used to the idea of flying out on a vacation, and picking up a rental car when you arrive at the airport. When you are considering a move to Ecuador, it may seem like an easy decision to rent a car here as well, so that you can roam the countryside, looking for the perfect spot for your new life as an expat.
In my adult life, I've been what you might call a serial relocator. Four years seems to be the average amount of time I could stay in one spot before feeling the urge to move on. While I've never lived in a place that I would call unfriendly, I did find that making friends could be difficult, especially if you're a semi-introvert like me.
We talk often of the benefits of living in Ecuador...discounted transportation, utilities, and sales tax for those over age 65...reduced cost of living...comfortable moderate climate...breathtaking scenery...friendly people...and so much more. But I recently took advantage of another great benefit of living in Ecuador: travel to the Galapagos Islands.
May 24 of this year was a big day for Ecuador. It was the day the country's new president, Lenin Moreno, was sworn into office. This was a monumental occasion for two reasons: First, the country has been under the leadership of Rafael Correa for the last 10 years, so the entry of a new person into office is a big change.