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Happy New Year from Ecuador!

January 02, 2009 By: admin Category: Beaches, Cuenca, Customs & Culture, Dry Season, Eating & Drinking, Expat Life, Real Estate, Uncategorized No Comments →

One thing I do miss a lot about Panama was spending New Year’s Eve in Portobelo at the home of my friend, Sandra Eleta .  Being the great lady that she is, it was always fascinating and since I spent a one night with her when I was in Panama a couple of months ago, missing it was felt all the more.  Her Portobelo compound was always filled with the most interesting people no matter when you visited, but New Year’s Eve was special.  It instilled in me an appreciation for new spiritual traditions.  The custom of burning a muneco (doll in English, but almost a life-sized scarecrow-like rendition in real life or as most foreigners here call them: effigies.) of someone you dislike was something I adored in Panama, so I was very glad to see it’s just as much of a custom here in Ecuador.  In Panama, they’re called munecos.  In Ecuador, they’re called ‘Ano Viejos’.   (more…)

Sunday Almuerzo in Ecuador

June 02, 2008 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Artesania, Cuenca, Customs & Culture, Eating & Drinking, Ecuador, Expat Life, Learning Spanish, NYC No Comments →

Yesterday, I was invited to have lunch with an Ecuadorian family. It was quite an experience for me as we spent roughly 4 hours together between lunch and conversation afterwards…in Spanish. While quite a bit of time was dedicated to American politics, quite a bit of time was also dedicated to discussing various events and tragedies in various powerful families in Cuenca. (more…)

My Coastal Ecuador Trek with Gallery

May 12, 2008 By: admin Category: Beaches, Eating & Drinking, Ecuador, Expat Life, Posts with Galleries, Real Estate No Comments →

It took two days of bureaucracy to finally get my Ecuador driver’s license. The main reason for me to do this was two-fold: A. A driver’s course is mandatory and cost $160 up until May 1 when it was rumored to shoot up to $900. B) My US license expires in July and I’m not so sure I’ll be back in time to get it renewed. So the double whammy added up to ‘just do it.’ And boy did I ever break it in! (more…)

Top 20 Reasons I like Cuenca

April 07, 2008 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Artesania, Cuenca, Eating & Drinking, Ecuador, Expat Life, Grocery Shopping, NYC, Politics, Shopping 2 Comments →

In no particular order:

Living in Cuenca 1

October 10, 2007 By: admin Category: Cuenca, Eating & Drinking, Ecuador 1 Comment →

I’ve been in Ecuador one week today, however, it’s my 5th day in Cuenca after spending the first 48 hours in Aduana Hell. Rather than go into that today, to keep my sanity I did indeed spew in more detail than anyone needs to know. I write because I have to. Writing is my therapy which means not everything is or should be for public consumption, however, moving past the indulgence of release, there is a lot of info packed into my spews that might just save someone else a lot of headache (and money), particularly if you’re bringing a dog to Ecuador. So don’t say you haven’t been warned, but if you’re still interested, click here for those spews. (more…)

Ziplocks are a Girl’s Best Friend

June 06, 2006 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Eating & Drinking, Humidity, Insects No Comments →

Honestly, I fear that when I do finally re-ascend from this computer screen, I’ll have no friends left! I haven’t been writing because typically, I’ve written about what I’ve done, where I’ve been, what I’ve learned and these days, leaving the house is typically only reserved for when it’s essential…like groceries. So since all I see or experience these days is really the inside of my apartment, what you get is the likes of my ‘Drawing The Line’ journal. And now this. (more…)

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