A Happy Musician Rediscovers His Passion in Cuenca

A Happy Musician Rediscovers His Passion in Cuenca

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February 18, 2019

With a pastor father who used music to inspire, an actress mother who was a stand-in for Joanne Woodward and sang in the theater, and a brother who founded folk-punk favorite Violent Femmes, Glenn Gano’s DNA has music running through it. “My brother and I loved to sit around and listen to my father play,” says Glenn. And now, after moving to Cuenca, Ecuador, Glenn has the time to reclaim his dormant talents.

January 2019

January 2019

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January 13, 2019

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.

No More Stress: Living Healthy and Happy in Cotacachi

No More Stress: Living Healthy and Happy in Cotacachi

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January 8, 2019

B.J. McNally knew it was time for big changes in her life when John, her husband of 48 years, nearly fell face-first into a plate of food after they had gone hiking in a state park in Wisconsin. That was the day they both knew John had to stop working 13-hour days at his hospital facilities management job and concentrate on his health. “He was working himself to death,” B.J. says. It was time to retire.

Ecuador Real Estate: Now Is the Time To Buy

Ecuador Real Estate: Now Is the Time To Buy

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December 19, 2018

My wife Rita and I have always enjoyed travel, and we both had jobs that could be done from the road. We had visited several places around the globe, idly speculating on whether we could live there. But it was International Living that really got us thinking about retirement abroad and ultimately real estate in Ecuador.

A Comfortable Life on $750 a Month in Cotacachi

A Comfortable Life on $750 a Month in Cotacachi

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December 14, 2018

Cynthia Collette moved to Ecuador in 2012 from Minneapolis, Minnesota with five duffle bags and $700. Her monthly income at that time was just $600 a month. Today, she says, “My base income has gone up a bit…to about $725 a month. In the U.S., there’s no way I know of to live on that amount, even extremely frugally.”

10 Things to Do in Ecuador

10 Things to Do in Ecuador

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November 16, 2018

“What do you DO in Ecuador?” That’s a question that expats get asked all of the time. For the most part, the simple truth is that we do pretty much the same things that retirees do anywhere in our day-to-day life. We read, watch some TV, get together with friends, indulge in hobbies, and so on.