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A View from the Roof:  Ecuador Democracy–Is it Anarchy or Conscious Citizenship?

A View from the Roof: Ecuador Democracy–Is it Anarchy or Conscious Citizenship?

-By Gary Phillips- SEE UPDATE BELOW For more information about this subject from Upside Down World, click here One of the things I like about Ecuador is the fact that the people here have no misunderstanding about who is in charge of the government.  And if the government makes promises […]

A View from the Roof—Think Twice Before Throwing Away Your Money

A View from the Roof—Think Twice Before Throwing Away Your Money

-By Gary Phillips- A few years back, I saw a movie called, “The Gods Must be Crazy.”  A Coke bottle dropping from an airplane onto an African Bushman community wreaked havoc with their culture. So what do you think can happen when a swarm of North Americans swoop down on […]

A View From the Roof: A Small Step with Huge Potential

A View From the Roof: A Small Step with Huge Potential

By Gary Phillips We’ve written quite a few articles of late about the influx of expats into Cotacachi, and the possible problems that could bring. But this past Saturday, a bunch of expats came together to show that they care about what happens here with the local community.  It may […]

Life in Cotacachi:  A Colonial House Frozen in Time

Life in Cotacachi: A Colonial House Frozen in Time

For some, life in Cotacachi remains much the same as it was a century ago throughout Ecuador.  A few doors down on Calle Bolivar lives a middle-aged woman in a colonial house with 3 old doors on the street side. Whenever I’d stop by for a visit, she’d leave her […]

Cotacachi Real Estate: The Boom Spells Doom for Many Cotacachi Colonials

Cotacachi Real Estate: The Boom Spells Doom for Many Cotacachi Colonials

With Cotacachi real estate experiencing an escalating boom in construction and sales, the face of the town is rapidly changing.  In the last three years, I’ve seen at least 6 old colonial buildings bite the dust, literally, as wrecking crews move in and pull them down. The colonial right across […]