November 2018

November 2018

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November 13, 2018

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...

October 2018

October 2018

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October 22, 2018

There are hundreds of hotels and hostels in Cuenca—and you'll also find many options for staying in local homes and apartments on Airbnb—so finding a place that meets your needs won't be a problem. In fact, you may be overwhelmed by the choices that are available, and not know where to start.

Cuenca vs. Florida: What It Costs to Retire

Cuenca vs. Florida: What It Costs to Retire

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September 28, 2018

I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where seniors flock to retire because they can lounge in the warm weather, drink pina coladas under the shade of palm trees, and not have to pay state income taxes. So why would I leave my seaside home by one of the best beaches in the U.S.? Well, Florida’s not so cheap anymore…and it’s hot.

September 2018

September 2018

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September 4, 2018

After living in Ecuador for almost five years, I finally made a trip to Baños. Known as "The Gateway to the Amazon," this town is one of the most popular adventure tourism destinations in Ecuador. Every year, hundreds of thousands come to experience its natural hot baths, and to enjoy hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding—even bungee jumping.

August 2018

August 2018

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August 11, 2018

Guayaquil has several large malls, all of which have stores carrying brands and items familiar to the North American consumer. There are hardware mega-stores, huge grocery stores, multi-floor furniture stores, electronics, building and plumbing supplies—you name it, and you will most likely find not just what you are looking for, but options.

Exploring Cuenca’s Surprising Spanish Roots

Exploring Cuenca’s Surprising Spanish Roots

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July 25, 2018

There are two Cuencas in the world, one in Spain and one in Ecuador. Cuenca, Ecuador, shares a lot with its Spanish cultural twin, including art, food, architecture, and religion. Even the fresh trout from the rivers that run through the city, and the affinity for fiestas remind me of Cuenca’s Spanish ties right down to the Picasso-influenced murals that line the streets.