10 Years of Blog Archive

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Last Word on Compulsory Healthcare in Ecuador

Last word on Compulsory healthcare in Ecuador. 

               
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Enjoying LAST DAY in the City of Cuenca Ecuador VLOG

We came upon this sign in a locksmith window that says, "Don't give up on your dreams; keep sleeping!" Cute saying. We say to all of our followers "don't give up on your dreams; Wake up!  LOL
We're enjoying our last day out in Cuenca Ecuador
                   
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Amazing Cheap BEACH Property - Ecuador vs.USA Beach Real Estate VLOG

Can RAM go to some developing place and find the lowest priced property on the market and then say, the "place is cheap?". The place may be cheap but property prices, as a whole are nothing but cheap!! Please think about that for a moment. Amazingly, the less expensive property (per foot) is not in a developing country!!!
       

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

3 Ways to Know You Can Refer Yourself as a Gringcano in Cuenca Ecuador

Gringcano? Yes, we coined that term a few years ago in 2014 and have been referring ourselves to the term ever since we  began interacting with the Cuencanos. They always get a kick out of it; maybe it’s because they find it endearing that we want to be like them; it usually wins them over for some great conversation which is rather enjoyable and usually another learning experience for us in which we ultimately share with you. 

We never stop learning and entertaining new ideas of going local in Ecuador. Life isn’t about stopping and is why we dislike the word “retire”, it sounds like the end but for many folks it is just the beginning.

3 ways to know you can refer yourself as a Gringcano...if you want! There are three ways any gringo can easily become a Gringcano.

1.   You moved to Cuenca
2.   You went local (blend in as much as you can according to your circumstances) for at least 3 years
3.   Feel comfortable with the term when describing yourself 


We suppose now that we have moved to Salinas we can’t call ourselves Gringcanos anymore but we still do when we visit Cuenca. In Salinas we’re Gringinas but have never used the term yet, maybe we ought to, uh?
 

Just keeping things fun and lighthearted!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Enjoying Li'l Mexico in Cuenca Ecuador - Mexican Foodie VLOG

Mexican food is one of our favorite cuisines and we have searched high and low for tasty and spicy Mexican food in Cuenca Ecuador. Have we found it? No, not eating out. The BEST Mexican food is made in our own kitchen by our son Angelo. 

We have noticed that most Mexican restaurants in South America don't have that umph, if you know what we mean. The food is good here, especially the sauces for the chips but the main dishes are missing that umph, (spicy) plus the portions are small.  The atmosphere was nice and the restaurant was clean, service was good, but we were the only ones in there. LOL....Where was everybody? See our Free Restaurant guide we wrote just for our followers....after watching the video of course. Enjoy!
                    
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

What Are Prices Doing in Cuenca Ecuador in 2017? Real Estate VLOG

In case you were wondering about prices in Cuenca, today we have a video about what prices are really doing in Cuenca Ecuador in 2017.
                
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Get It Done Now in Cuenca Ecuador! Travel to Cuenca VLOG!

We're in Cuenca trying to get some stuff done. How many things can we get done in one day in Cuenca Ecuador? It doesn't matter, we're enjoying ourselves.

                       





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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Traveling above the Clouds - We're in Cuenca Ecuador! July 2017 VLOG

Where can you travel above the clouds and not be in a plane? Yep, we're back in Cuenca Ecuador! Come and say hello to Cuenca with us.
               
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ecuador and Venezuela - Ecuador VLOG

It reminds me of Venezuela in a way.
              
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

People of Ecuador Lifestyle - Quito Foch Plaza VLOG

We're sitting in the touristy Foch Plaza in Quito Ecuador, enjoying a cup of good coffee and watching the younger generation mingle in the square while we make this video for you guys.The people of Ecuador love backpacks, especially the young folks.

                  
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Moving to Latin America Can Be Better But NOT for Everyone

The notion that uprooting one’s life from North America and moving to a Latin American country somewhere in South America is somehow going to make our life better is unlikely, for everyone. Let us tell you why we think this way.
 

Why it’s Unlikely

When we look at history of expats that have moved to Ecuador or anywhere else in Latin America it clearly shows that many of them decide that permanent living abroad is not for them. Now, there’s nothing wrong with these feelings and there is nothing wrong with moving back to your familiar surroundings, after all that is your home; it’s actually quite normal. 
 

In short, the emigration pattern shows that life abroad is not for everyone.

To elaborate on this a bit more, we can say that reading the hype the pumpers continuously print can mislead us into believing a certain way about a place until of course, we experience it for ourselves. Along with this buildup of how great somewhere is, comes certain wording and adjectives that writers use to heighten a positive awareness in the reader; such as calling a city magical or whimsical or ideal or paradise or eden or….well, you get the point.

This propaganda for pumping certain cities to death is designed to delude the reader to such an extent that they can’t wait to be entertained in this new magical, paradisaical city and so what do they do? They uproot their entire lives to move somewhere they only visited for 3 weeks while on a vacation.

We’re not at all saying that some of this stuff is not true because it is but there has to be a balance, otherwise the reader gets sucked in to a realm that isn’t. Deluding retirees into believing so much greatness from so many different media outlets about one city on the map is ridiculous to say the least. Did we mention overblown, out of proportion and just plain out of this world weird?

We have fully recognized over the years the people that fall for these glowing reports are the people who usually only read the positive pitches about a place because they do not want their dream of moving to an exotic foreign country crushed. They don’t like people who "tell it like it is” and some of them become hostile over it.

People Do Not Want Their Dream Crushed

Even though there are some bloggers that do talk about the negatives of a place, it seems that readers shy away from the REAL TALK or SCOFF at it or JUSTIFY reasons why they will be able to deal with that negative aspect. So, in reality we allow ourselves to be sucked in rather than carry a sensible head on our shoulders and half of the expats leave after a year or two. Okay, we get that.

We also understand that no one wants their dream crushed! We don’t want our dreams crushed either but at the same time we don’t want to waste money or our time going to a place that we’ll not fit in. We have to fit-in otherwise we’ll feel disconnected and lonely for the familiarity of home. So, what that means is our dream might be crushed for that particular place.

What really helped for us is that we came to Ecuador with our whole family. We would never have moved to Ecuador had our three sons not been on board and that is because we are very family connected and is the main reason why we chose Ecuador. Ecuador is very family-oriented and family-connected and that connection helps us to fit-in.

The health care can be great, the weather perfect, the landscape beautiful and the food abundant but if you feel disconnected, none of it matters…do you see? Where and how do you fit-in? 


There needs to be a foundational part of your life now that will help you to fit-in wherever you decide to move. Moving somewhere because it is touted as cheap is not a good enough reason to move there.

Ok, we reiterate again that moving abroad is not for everyone… but then who is it for?

Who is Latin America Better For?

Latin America works better for people who have a sense of adventure over sense of materialism.

It’s a better fit for people who DO NOT have the need to show off their apartment or house to their friends and family back home.

It’s better for those people who want to live next door to the local people rather than seclude themselves in a private gringo subdivision.

It’s a better fit for people who have the “live and let live" attitude rather than the “it must be my way" attitude”.


We have observed that usually it is those people without a strong family connection to back home that love living  and traveling abroad. Solo travelers also fit in to this category.

It’s better for people who feel they want to learn the language because they need and want their interaction enhanced with the local people. There has to be a strong need to learn the language or it will not happen.

Living in Latin America is better for people who love to walk, be outdoors and are healthy, energetic, and active.

It’s better for expats that live in Latin America who understand what being respectful of other peoples and cultures is because it does make life easier for you and for the locals.

We don’t have to change our beliefs to move to Latin America but we must be
tolerant and accepting of others, otherwise Latin America will not work for you.

Latin America works great for retirees who understand the behavioral changes they will need to have to stay safe and secure, not just from petty crime but home invasions and robbery.

Moving to a Latin American country is better for those people who have a humble persona rather than a flaunty one.
 

And lastly, Latin America works better for those expats who understand the financial differences in Latin America and respect those differences with their own lifestyle.

Is Latin America a good fit for you? Only you have the answer to that. Whatever you do, do it with thoroughness.
 

To end this, we say to you, the world is a big place, step outside of the few countries that the RAM magazines so much love to pump every year over and over again and take a look around. Open your minds, study, research, travel, explore and learn.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cheap Ecuador Culture Shock Travel Tips- Walking & Shopping VLOG

There is such a thing as dirt cheap Ecuador and bananas is one of them, along with many other fruits and vegetables; however buying your produce at the Mercado could invite culture shock if you're not used to odors and rotten fish smells, being brushed up against by strangers, pushing and shoving crowds, being watchful for pick-pockets, staring because "you're a gringo shopping where poor people shop or getting gringo gouged. All these things will be found at any Mercado in Latin America in any city. Or you can just go to the grocery store. We offer travel tips and more in this VLOG. Enjoy the golden nuggets!

               
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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Live Cheap $900 Mexico Review - Let's Go! Chipipe-Salinas Ecuador VLOG

Ok, Pack your bags! let's go to Mexico where it cost only $900 to live in this tropical village. NOT. Why not? Watch the video for our "Live Cheap $900 Mexico Review!
         
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Friday, July 07, 2017

7 Things You Can Count On When Visiting or Moving to Cuenca Ecuador

Whether you are vacationing or moving to Cuenca Ecuador permanently, you can always count on certain things to come about during your time here. This is the stuff not usually addressed but things you really would want to know for a safer more comfortable stay.

1.     You can count on something in your newfound adventure in Ecuador to not go the way someone said it would.

This will happen again and again.  Why?  Well it happened to us too like this.  Before moving to Cuenca Ecuador we asked a couple of resident expats some questions.  The answers we received seemed satisfactory at that time, until we actually moved here and saw with our own understanding that we did not get complete information. It was someone else’s experience.  


2.     Surprised about how different everything is.

We can read about all of the cultural difference of a country until we’re blue in the face but it does not become a reality for us until we experience it firsthand. Culture shock does not have to be bad thing when we think about why things are done differently.

Example: At first glance when we see the tall walls with spikes or glass shards and electrical wire around the homes, we think there must be “a lot of crime” but in reality that is not the case at all. Without the protection of a tall wall and electric wire, that home would be the one invaded first, while the ones with the protection have virtually no crime.  It’s sort of an oxymoron but it is just how it is. 

3.     Gringo gouging and targeting

No gringo will be singled out from being told a higher price; it’s just part of the game. Newcomers may not even know they’re being asked a higher price and they just pay. This is exactly how a small persentage of a population can raise prices; that small percentage of gringos stand out like a sore thumb.

It’s amusing when a vendor tries to gouge us and we quote a lower price; for example, a vendor isn’t expecting to be haggled with and they shrink back with slight hesitation and then smile and start playing the negotiation game. But inside their head their thinking, “oh someone whose lived here a while and knows the prices”.

It has become increasingly apparent to us that more and more local sellers of goods, services and rentals do not like to negotiate prices with gringos, especially in the touristy areas. This is a phenomenon that happens because only a small portion of gringos are willing to haggle for the REAL price, everyone else pays right up.  We walk away until we find one that will work with us.

4.     Dashing rather than walking

One of the potentially perilous challenges of foreign living in most places is that pedestrians need to be careful walking across streets. We’ve never read the drivers manual for Ecuador but we’re thinking that it should say that pedestrians have right of way at crosswalks. Not so however,  be prepared to dash for the other side and especially if there is a lot of traffic, even at crosswalks.  Most drivers do not stop at stop signs either, so before you start walking across that street make sure no car is barreling around the corner first.

5.     Altitude breathlessness

For most people breathlessness and maybe a headache can be expected for the short term until you get used to the thinner air.  You might initially think you will not feel as thirsty in Cuenca’s mild weather but due to the altitude you will need more water, so drink plenty of water so you don’t dehydrate which can make headaches worse.  Longer term effects of living at high altitude can be found in this study.

6.     Barking dogs, crowing roosters, mooing cows

Most neighborhoods in Ecuador have dogs that bark throughout the night. This can be a good thing if the dogs are protecting the neighborhood but a bad thing if they’re just stray dogs barking at each other. In Cuenca we had both barking dogs and mooing cows in the morning. The mooing didn’t bother us too much and we eventually got used to the dogs barking. Some expats have reported crowing roosters in the wee hours of the morning.  Btw, there is no Cuenca neighborhood that is immune to barking dogs.in most cases.

The real issue on this is that most of Ecuador’s towns are designed as you would see a high density area, with real estate crammed together into small spaces.  Some neighborhoods in Cuenca have passed laws that require neighbors to report each other for noise violations.  However when it comes to dogs, many people actually need them for security.  We did.  Therefore, these laws do not appear to be the panacea that they might have originally seemed.

On the contrary, it is turning Cuenca Ecuador into a mini u.s.a. with its myriad of laws and over regulation of people.  Not exactly the lazzesfaire paradise you were led to believe.

7.     Expectations not materializing

This is a biggy because of our dear Retire Abroad Magazine writers (RAM) that love to raise people’s expectations and a recent phenomena, the pumping bloggers do it too.

The more we expect something to be a certain way, the more we become disappointed when it doesn’t pan out. We believe that this is one of the main reasons, people come here and then leave a year or two later. We could say they never should have bothered coming however, we believe that if they left with good-will then it's good they tested the waters and had the experience and perhaps just because of that it's quite okay they came and lived for awhile in Cuenca Ecuador.

These are just some of the things you can count on when you get here. There’s more but we’re not counting. All we're doing is balancing out all the glowing reports that omit the things that people ought to know before they come here. Like saying Cuenca Ecuador is a "magical" place. Its fine to ‘be positive’ and see the glass ‘half full’ and all that, but there is a point where, well, you’re hyping it.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Does Middle-Class Money Buy Upper-Class Lifestyle in Cuenca Ecuador, Latin America?

What do you think? Does Middle-Class Money Buy you an Upper-Class Lifestyle in Cuenca Ecuador? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.  We will tell you this...middle-class in most Latin American countries is not the same standards as middle-class in North America. Note, because this video is longer than our usual videos, before you start watching we suggest to go grab yourself your favorite beverage, relax and enjoy a half hour with us!

                  
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Best Beach in Salinas Ecuador - Relaxing Beach Commentary

Enjoying the early morning walks on the beach. Even though it is now low season on the coast, on the weekends the beaches get crowded. Choosing the best beach in Salinas Ecuador is a personal choice. Punta Carnero is a beautiful beach too but the water can be dangerous for swimming.  If you're looking for a beach for boogie boarding or surfing, try Montanita. 

               
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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Come Live in the BEST Retirement Paradise on Earth!

What Would the PERFECT Paradise BE Like? Below Video is the article.

       
As much as retire abroad magazines (RAM) love to turn a place into a paradise with their glowing reports, we all know there is no such thing as a “perfect place” to live. All cities in the world have their pros and cons.

We make our perfect place by knowing ourselves, choosing to have a good attitude and by adapting, and then it can be paradise.  However, just for fun we have put together a perfect paradise according to several different “quality of life” categories, extracted from countries known to be the best at or near best.

What would the best paradise on earth look and feel like?
The perfect paradise would be like this:

  • Postal Services of USA
  • Internet speed and connectivity of South Korea
  • Food of Italy and Mexico
  • Availability of health food and natural products of USA (but cheaper :))
  • Availability of food and its cleanliness of Norway
  • Crime and Safety of South Korea
  • Beauty of New Zealand
  • Public transportation of Hong Kong
  • Yards (green spaces) of USA
  • Outdoor sightseeing and exploration of USA
  • Weather of San Diego USA
  • Real estate market of USA
  • Health care and medical services of Singapore
  • Sports cars of Italy
  •  Watches of Switzerland
  • Online Shopping of USA
  • Laissezfaire of Turks & Caicos 
If we’ve left anything out, feel free to add it in the comments below…

Whenever a travel magazine or person overstates the good qualities of a city or country, remember that along with that comes a dose of reality.
 

Take a look and you will see that many of these countries we mention above that have something super great about them will also have other things that are not so great. 
 

Think about this: we’ve listed 11 different countries and likely haven’t even scratched the surface of what could be added to the list from other places to make up the biggest baddest, best earthly retirement paradise. 
 

Until the next article, take care and have a great week.
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