Archive for August, 2010

Ecuador Economy: Is Ecuador Blackmailer or Savior to the World?

Ecuador Economy:  Is Ecuador Blackmailer or Savior to the World? Ecuador says, “Pay us $3.5 billion and we won’t drill our oil in Ecuador.  We’ll leave it in the ground.”  And the United Nations Development Program has agreed to this proposal, signing an agreement with Ecuador a few days ago. […]

Sweet Potato Dreams

Sweet Potato Dreams

Sweet Potato Dreams At our last gringo get-together, Cotacachi organic gardener Nancy Showalter shared with me that her garden and orchard are thriving. She is especially happy to have found some sweet potatoes to plant that are like those in the U.S.  This was exciting news to me and I’ll […]

A View From the Roof: If You Don’t Like the Blues, Don’t Click Here

A View From the Roof: If You Don’t Like the Blues, Don’t Click Here

-See blues video below- This View from the Roof is a little out of the ordinary.  I’m not a great music aficionado, but I do like the blues of a certain flavor.  And my favorite flavor comes from a very good friend of mine, Carlos Funk, originally of Black Mountain, […]

by August 28, 2010 14 comments View from the Roof

Cotacachi/Imbabura Real Estate: Special Unadvertised Opportunities

Cotacachi/Imbabura Real Estate:  Special Unadvertised Opportunities When we began selling real estate in Cotacachi three years ago, Ecuadorians told us we would never get exclusive listings.  Real estate was a free-for-all anything-goes arrangement.  We’d often get the feeling that Ecuadorians wondered why anyone in his right mind would bother trying […]

by August 28, 2010 13 comments Cotacachi, Ecuador Real Estate
Life in Ecuador: Making the Movie Zuquillo Express with Russian Extras

Life in Ecuador: Making the Movie Zuquillo Express with Russian Extras

Life in Ecuador:  Making the Movie Zuquillo Express with Russian Extras Life in Ecuador is never boring for Leo, a Nebraskan, and Liliya, a Russian who immigrated to Minneapolis.  They met in the U.S., fell in love, got married in Las Vegas (serenaded by an Elvis lookalike) and moved to […]