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3 Behaviorial Types of Grinogs Living in Cuenca
Update 2016 - Still true
2. Panicky Expats: And who are the panicky ones? There are those who don’t want more expats moving to Cuenca. They behave exactly the opposite of the glorifyers because they usually do not have any vested interests. These are the people who are in fear that their social security or other means of retirement is not going to allow them to live here if the cost of living goes up. If you say anything positive about Cuenca, they’ll call you names and contradict what you have to say.
Update 2016 - We understand this behavior because its quite normal to feel this way. However, its not nice to blame the messenger. We say, don't worry about it too much, just move somewhere else when it becomes overblown like Panama and Costa Rica is now. Believe us when we say, Cuenca is not the only fish in the sea!
Besides, rumour has it that foreigners with higher income pensions ($3,000 or more) are going to start getting taxed. We're not sure about how factual this is but if it is true, that's going to stop the flow of foreigners coming here, which will help soften the higher prices somewhat.
3. Impartial Expats: Then there are people like us who only want to keep Cuenca livable for everyone. We tell it like it is about Cuenca, negatives and positives, and don’t blow smoke. Anyway, if you are the DIY type and seek to live and shop Ecuadorian you’ll have no problem living here on a pension income, even if and when the cost of living goes up. The same pretty much applies to living in most North American cities as well.
Update 2016 - ...unless of course, you come here with a very small pension to begin with, then you might have a problem living on a smaller means as prices have over inflated like they do in these tourist places. But like we previously said, you can move somewhere else, and lower your rent when cost of living gets out of hand in Cuenca Ecuador. Better to be prepared emotionally and financially and realize that prices are going up, not down...plus more taxes on many items.
We’ve already posted about the folks who only talk about the positives (glorifyers) of Cuenca--they are the ones that leave rude and nasty comments about our 12 annoying things about Cuenca video.. See this post by clicking here.
What do we have to say about this? “Why put us on a pedestal?” Is it truly possible that a 'nobody family' could help raise the cost of living in Cuenca because of their frugal-family living videos about Cuenca?
We’re doing exactly the opposite! Our mission is educate people so they can know to do what they normally do naturally according to the local economy not the gringo gouging economy; you see the difference? ...and being examples and showing others how they can live frugally and resourceful in Cuenca! How are we doing?
I told you guys didn't I, your videos are not doing anything to help anyone. You guys are just bragging about how good you got it, like typical gringos. I'll be damned if you screw it up for me by your cocky attitudes, they don’t like you guys, stop with the videos, your just hurting the culture here by bringing more cocky people like yourselves.
Update 2016 - In January 2012 we got asked to do a House Hunter's International Show and we declined. We declined to do it because we're not interested in raising rental prices.
We had no problem leaving these comments on our You Tube videos, in fact we believe everyone should have their opinion as long as they are civil about it…but then someone called us liars. (Deleted that comment and had to block him from our channel, read below to find out why.)
A curious viewer and potential expat to Cuenca asked us if the water was safe to drink in Cuenca. Our reply was and still stands, yes, the water is safe to drink. Then went on to let her know that we have been drinking the tap water in Cuenca for almost 6 months now and we (family of five) have never had a problem with drinking the water here in Cuenca. In fact, the water tastes better in Cuenca than in the states—it’s good.
Update: August 2013...Been here two years,,,,we're still drinking water out of the tap, with no filter and we all (five people) feel GREAT! Also, some friends of ours have also been drinking water straight from the tap, with no filter and they just had tests done and THEY DID NOT HAVE PARASITES!
What ‘panicky expat’ is doing is trying to scare people away from coming to Cuenca. Now, we have to clear things up after he/she caused confusion.
Update 2016 - We haven't encountered any of the panicky gringos mentioned above lately; maybe they left Cuenca or realized our mission is of goodwill to all. We still think there are a few panicky gringos though, they're just keeping to themselves...what do you all think?
Until we write again you might like to read these articles about the tap water safety and prevalence of parasites in Cuenca Ecuador.
We're an expat family of five living frugal, healthy and happy in Ecuador. We write and make videos about what it's like to live abroad and we get into the real nitty-gritty stuff. Nothing is sugar-coated or hyped up...we tell it like it is. So come along and see if a move to Latin America is your cup of tea!