February 2011

Why Some Expats Decide Not to Live in Ecuador

Living in Ecuador

This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007.  Ecuador is a beautiful country full of interesting places to visit and beautiful mountain scenery. The people are friendly, the cost of living is reasonable and the weather is springlike most of the year. Of course anyone can learn those facts [...]

So, Cuenca is famous for it's "spring-like" climate. Warm days and cool nights. But what does it really mean? In our news series: Whats Your Question About Cuenca, Ecuador? Lionel Riley asks: We all hear about Cuenca's spring-like weather and houses with no ac/heating. I've been looking at the nighttime temperatures and they seem to [...]

Does Grapefruit Seed Extract Really Work?

Ecuador Food, Ecuador Travel

Living in Ecuador has given us a variety and quality of food that we literally couldn't imagine enjoying back in Canada. The fruit is cheap, fresh and delicious. $1.00 pineapples are huge and extremely sweet. Mangoes are sweet and messy (er, juicy) and cost $0.55 per kg! Grapes, papaya, oranges, limes, and bananas are all [...]

As expats, it didn't occur to us (until we started receiving feedback on our blog) that people planning to move to another country are hungry for stories of people who have done it. Success stories. How-to stories. And we've been telling our story for quite a while here on GringosAbroad. In December we began a [...]

How to Get an Ecuadorian Drivers License – Step 3

Living in Ecuador

So, I bet you've been wondering about my drivers license, eh? You're probably thinking: "He failed the exam and was too embarrassed to put the next post". Well, after I started this process, that thought did go through my mind. But. . . I can finally say (with much relief) that this is the final [...]

New Must-Haves for the Mom Abroad

Our Perspective

Our family lives in Cuenca, a beautiful city in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. My husband and I moved here (from Canada) with our 8 year old daughter in July of 2009.  After we arrived I quickly learned to add a few important items to what I normally carry in my bag/backpack.  When traveling in [...]

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