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When a family starts thinking about extended travel or moving abroad they may start thinking about homeschooling. Homeschooling can be a hot topic. A lot of people have strong opinions about it. If you are thinking about making the switch to homeschooling, don't be put off by negative remarks. I can make positive, well-informed comments ... [Read more]


The sun in Ecuador is strong all year round. And because there is no winter (well, at least no ice, snow, and wind chill) we are outside a lot. We need to be very careful to avoid sunburn. When we first arrived in Ecuador, I wore the famed Panama hat (actually made here.) While they ... [Read more]


Are you learning a foreign language? One of the most frustrating things about language learning is finding the time for it. Learning a new language can seem overwhelming, especially if you are only exposed to it when you leave your house to pick up your groceries. But when you start listening to it in the ... [Read more]


Oregano. It's much more than a seasoning for your favorite Italian dish. It's also a gas-buster. This isn't really dinner conversation: trapped gas on a long flight (but I know you've had it). You know the gas I'm talking about. The gas that makes you unbutton your pants during a long flight. The gas that builds up ... [Read more]


Many people that move abroad are retired and don't need to work. This works out well when it comes to language learning because they have more time on their hands than people that need to work and take care of their children. We are hearing from more and more families that are looking to move ... [Read more]


I just finished watching the Live or Retire Overseas: Granada Nicaragua DVD. Granada is one of the top choices for expats because of its low cost of living and warm climate. One of the difficulties in moving abroad is choosing where you will relocate to. There are so many choices! Traveling can be expensive so if ... [Read more]

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We are very happy to introduce you to our daughters blog: Culture Sponge. It's about travel and life abroad. Drew has been sharing some of her experiences living abroad here on GringosAbroad (in the Kids Abroad Series) and now she has started her own blog! She is excited to share her views about travel and life in Ecuador ... [Read more]

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We've been frequently asked about luggage - and what kind is the best. Going on a trip is one thing - moving all your stuff to your new country is something else. You really don't want any problems with burst zippers and damaged stuff. While we don't claim to know the best luggage we can ... [Read more]


One of the things we enjoy about living abroad is traveling. Ecuador is an amazing country to travel around, the beauty and diversity is astounding. We also like traveling to places that have some of the things we were used to from Canada. Big book stores like Chapters or Indigo, and the large grocery and ... [Read more]

A Machete in Ecuador

When we moved to Ecuador, our daughter was 8 years old and, there were a few things that we had to get used to in terms of culture shock that we hadn't anticipated. Every good parent is more paranoid for the safety of their children than for themselves.  With that in mind I would like to ... [Read more]

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We are a Canadian family living in Ecuador (South America) since 2009. We cover expat hacks, language learning, earning abroad, and product reviews. Read about the best gear, places to live, and cost of living. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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