Living in Ecuador

A View From the Roof: The Ugly American is Back in Ecuador–Are You One of Them?  Take the Self-Test and See

A View From the Roof: The Ugly American is Back in Ecuador–Are You One of Them? Take the Self-Test and See

I have always loved to read, but only a few books have left lasting impressions. These books to a certain extent have defined my character. I read one of them, “The Ugly American,” just as I entered high school in the early ’60s. Published by William J. Lederer and Eugene […]

Adios Ecuador, Hola California

Adios Ecuador, Hola California

For me, living in Ecuador is great.  But anywhere the grandkids live is even better.  After 6 1/2 years in Cotacachi, setting down roots, opening a business and buying land, none of that won out in the competition for my heart. When the cute little rug rats, one step removed, […]

Waiting for Manana

Waiting for Manana

After slogging through 2 1/2 years of broken promises, confusing explanations, delays and more delays, excuses, denials and the occasional blank stare, Gary and I are once again very close to final approval on our land project in Cotacachi.  Supposedly just two days away, as in this Friday. The municipality […]

Early Morning Earthquake Felt in Cotacachi

Here I was enjoying a plate of blueberry-quinoa pancakes with Gary and Eliza, a friend from Vilcabamba, when things started to rock ‘n roll in Cotacachi around 9:15 this morning,shaking things up first in one direction and then another. Gary and I are back in Cotacachi after a long vacation […]

by February 9, 2013 6 comments Cotacachi, Ecuador, Ecuador News, Living in Ecuador

Aging in Ecuador: The Trials and Tribulations of Tecera Edad

Now that Gary and I have attained the venerable age of 65, we are entitled to a major perk in Ecuador–we get senior discounts. In Ecuador the name for this is tecera edad, which I’m told literally means ‘over the hill’ in Spanish. While this may not be a reason […]