Hola Cuenca: Our First Day Living in Ecuador

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Guayaquil from the AirTaking the flight to Cuenca was very exciting, we had seen so many beautiful pictures on the net, and now finally we were about to see it all for ourselves.  It was a very memorable flight for me, I’ll never forget seeing the Andes rise up out of nowhere.  It was truly beautiful to see Cuenca come into view, nestled between the mountains and rolling hills of patchwork farmland.  I fell in love with the landscape at first sight.

Cuenca is not a modern city, so it looked very different from the other cities I had seen from the air.  Instead of skyscrapers and shining glass, we saw old colonial buildings and the warm sheen of clay tile roofing.  The city has a very European feel which I really enjoy, it feels like you’re in a quaint town, rather than a large city.

The plane landed fast and hard, it seemed that the runway was closer to homes and buildings than any other runway we had landed on.  It was very easy for us to get where we were going because we had arrangement with a friend living in Cuenca to pick us up at the airport, and drop us off where we would be staying

We didn’t speak any Spanish so having someone help us really put our minds at ease.  That same afternoon he took us to the grocery store so we could stock up on necessities.

Less than a week after arriving he also helped us find an apartment, work out the lease contract, and fill it with furniture.  We found a brand new gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 balcony apartment in the suburbs Cuenca Ecuador from the airof the city for $250 a month.  Things would have been so much harder and time consuming without his help.

It was hard to believe that we were finally here and settled, but the huge beautiful mountain we saw from our balcony was a constant pleasant reminder.  The women dressed in their traditional skirts and braids, leading their cows up and down the road in front of our apartment every day was an interesting reality check as well.

All that was left was to get out and explore the city.  I was really looking forward to seeing the architecture, and the culture of the people and places.

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Since moving to Ecuador in 2009, Dena and Bryan have made their living as bloggers. Dena is a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for Canadian travel brands. She is a contributor to Bryan Haines and is co-founder of Click Like This - a photo tutorial blog.

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