Month: December 2016

Here we are, 244 days from the start of our Inca Trail Hike, or 8 months and one day, and we have just received important news: our passes have officially been purchased in our names and registered. That means we now definitely have our passes to begin our hike on Monday August 28, 2017 and to enter the Machu Picchu site that Thursday. Now all we have to do is be ready for it. The past two months have been...

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Welcome to the second in a series of features on the many different choices available to you if you are thinking of living in Ecuador. Any of the places I will cover are great places to visit, but the goal is to provide you with enough information to decide if this is a place you would feel comfortable calling home. Our first stop was Machala, a modern city on the southern coast with almost zero expats. Today, we will take...

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After our typical Salinas Downpour yesterday (12 hours of rain, half-inch of precipitation), it was pleasant to take my walk this morning under clearing skies. In this part of December, by 9am the sun is already fairly high in the sky, shining brightly, and the temperature is creeping up to 80F. On the way, I was treated to a sight that I see fairly often on the beach here. A young gringa lady was setting herself up for a day on...

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First up in the Exploring Ecuador series, we will take a look at a city that is not on most people's radar when it comes to a place to settle in Ecuador. But Rita and I visited the city of Machala in the El Oro Province, and although it is not for me, there are some interesting features that this city of just over 200,000 has to offer. I recently wrote about it for International Living Magazine, but here is some...

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What's the best place to live in Ecuador? There is a clear and simple answer. It is certainly a hot button question, though. Name any place at all, and someone will jump in to explain categorically to you why you are wrong. I suppose it is only human nature, but whenever you ask that question of expats in Ecuador, they invariably will inform you that by a wild coincidence, it just so happens they have settled in the ideal spot....

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The road from Machala on the coast of Ecuador to Loja in the Andes passes through some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. The mountains in this region jut up at very steep angles, and are every shade of green due to the lush natural vegetation and planted crops. Add to that the clouds dipping over peaks and through the gaps between with the deep blue of the sky – well, some things have to be seen to...

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Last week I posted a link to a video of a band I was in a few years ago, and someone asked for more "gringo music". Got me thinking that I should put something together for the holidays for the family back home. This time of the year, I know a lot of expats are thinking about the folks back home, and we are no exception. So I decided to dust off the musical instruments and recording equipment I brought to...

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“How was your trip to the States?” our friends in Ecuador ask, and it is sometimes hard to frame a simple answer. It is always great seeing family and friends. Manicured and landscaped lawns were a treat, and it was almost scary how easy it was to communicate when everyone is speaking English all the time. But there were other things, unsettling things, that we noticed as well. Rita and I have lived in Ecuador for three years this January. Over...

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