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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:

Expat Culture: Panama vs Ecuador

March 29, 2008 By: admin Category: Cuenca, Customs & Culture, Ecuador, Expat Life No Comments →

Because I lived in Panama for a few years and because I tended to be somewhat outspoken about my observations of life there, I was recently queried by a Panamanian the following: “On foreigners: Ok Leslie, so I will ask you personally. When you said that you would prefer if Americans (not sure if you said Americans or foreigners) would NOT move there, what prompted you to say that? My apologies for putting you on the spot.” So I thought I would share my response there…here: (more…)

Anybody Home?

August 29, 2005 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Expat Life, Learning Spanish, NYC, Speculation No Comments →

It’s almost September 1. And I thought I knew where I was moving. Hmmmm… (more…)

PC Protests; PC Neighborhoods

June 17, 2005 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Expat Life, Policia No Comments →

I’m still in Casco Viejo and boy, has that been an interesting place to be during all the protests. I have an admiration for the people on this front. And I still have to say, the cops down here are nice. They’re serious and they mean business, but they’re not mean like the cops are in the US.

Patina of the Ages

May 17, 2005 By: admin Category: Bitch, Bitch, Casco Viejo, Expat Life, Kunas, Real Estate No Comments →

I’m coming up on a year of living in Casco Viejo and boy is this a very different neighborhood from the one I moved into. Yesterday was the most perfect day, a rare and beautiful bright blue sky filled with clouds of all configurations. I decided to go out and take a few pictures as it’s a rare opportunity to shoot with a blue sky rather than a white or grey one. The flame trees are in full, orange-red bloom. Later, they’ll turn to a deeper red, but for now, orange is the more dominant hue. I walked up the Paseo, stopped at the tree where I shot a pelican last summer and know them to roost when the trees are in bloom. Apparently they nest there, too! A large baby pelican was sitting in the exact spot I shot the adult pelican last


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