Italy abounds with medieval history, much of it violent. But in the town of Ivrea each February, this past is celebrated with an altogether less bloody battle. Sometime during the 12th or 13th century, the townsfolk of Ivrea were said to have overthrown their cruel overlord.
It’s not unusual for political leaders to meet untimely deaths. Usually what follows is a huge funeral and lots of attention. But not so for a twice former president of Ecuador, Gabriel García Moreno.
Stopping in a small, rural village for lunch, I was led back to the kitchen by the owner. I pointed to what I wanted, and 20 minutes later, I was staring down at a delicious meal of stir-fried rabbit and assorted vegetables.
Things are finally starting to look up for the down-and-out Brazilian mining company Vale S.A. (NYSE: VALE). From its 2011 high of $36.45 to its 2016 low of $2.13, the price of Vale’s U.S.-traded shares lost a staggering 94% of its market value.
Ever since my wife Jackie and I moved to our beautiful homestead in the tropics, we like to joke that more of our friends are jetting down from the States to see us.
The Italian lifestyle is undeniably alluring. A nation that puts emphasis on good food, human interaction, and simple pleasures is definitely doing something right. That’s what drew my husband Bryan and me in, along with gorgeous landscapes, historic sights, and the slow pace of life.
From the balcony of her two-bedroom condo in Tamarindo, Kathy Bowen enjoys a panoramic view of the palm-lined Pacific coast. “This is where I spend most of my mornings, right here, reading or doing puzzles, or just listening to music and enjoying the view.”
For Linda Pothoff, every day in Nicaragua is an adventure. You can find her horseback riding on the beach, or perhaps catching a ride on a catamaran and drinking Mai Tai cocktails all afternoon. On Tuesdays she goes to water aerobics.
“My quality of life here is excellent,” says Marlene Kimball of her new home in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. “I love the peacefulness and the tranquility. I’m able to eat clean foods, breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a culture that is not materialistic.”
You’ll never find a better time to take out the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) visa. As I write, $1 is equal to 4.49 Malaysian ringgit (RM). The exchange rate hasn’t been this strong in years. And that’s good news for everyone who is thinking about applying.