March 2011

Finding Freelance Work on Elance

Expat Hacks, Working Abroad

So you've probably heard of Elance. Who hasn't, right? The Elance community presents opportunities for travelers and expats (aka. the location-liberated worker). Simply move from employee to freelancer. In the news, Elance is often touted as a cost savings tool for large business. Cut the employee strings, only pay for tasks accomplished and avoid dreaded [...]

7 Ways Not to Get Robbed

Our Perspective, Our Travels

Update (June 8, 2014): Bryan and I were robbed in Cuenca. Here is our experience - and what you can do to avoid it. This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007.  By following these suggestions, we have been able to avoid being victimized by criminals and we feel [...]

Is Cuenca Safe for Expats?

Cuenca Ecuador, Living in Ecuador

This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007.  Crime and Personal Safety: Is Cuenca safe for expats? A gentleman who is contemplating moving to Ecuador with his family was surprised to learn that many houses here have burglar bars over the windows and doors.  Such security measures raise the [...]

Where to Stay in Quito

Ecuador Travel, Living in Ecuador, Quito Ecuador

We were looking forward to our trip to Quito and the city was much nicer than we were thinking it was going to be.  We found a really nice place to stay in the North side of the city, an apartment with all the necessities, and then some. When we vacation, we look for apartments [...]

This is part of our My Life in Ecuador Series. Do you live in Ecuador? Share your Story here. The Expats: Matt Scherr and Family Blog: www.wuweiwego.blogspot.com As of March 2011, we've been in Cuenca, Ecuador five months. Diana and I were travelers in the era B.K. (before kids) and we hope exposure to other [...]

This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007.  Food, shelter & clothing… those are our basic needs. Finding food in Cuenca is easy. Finding clothes that fit the usually taller and often more “robust” expat population can be a little more challenging in Ecuador. Finding a house here can [...]

Whats the Quito Airport Like?

Ecuador Travel, Quito Ecuador

Update (Feb 2013): The new Quito airport is now open. The old airport in this post has been closed. Last week was our first trip through the Quito airport (Mariscal Sucre Quito Airport UIO) for a national flights. It was surprisingly small and under-serviced. The Cuenca airport, although handling less flights, had more stores and [...]

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