So its a new year, eh? 2010 was a big year for us – we started GringosAbroad and we completed our first year of life in Ecuador.
Here are the top ten posts of 2010 – based on number of times they’ve been read – thanks to Google Analytics.
And why this one wasn’t the most popular is beyond me . . .okay so maybe television is the #1 concern when moving abroad, it did prove to be a popular topic.
While this was #10 in terms of page views, it was #3 in terms of page comments. I guess TV is important, after all.
This post lays out how we have learned Spanish. Of course, it isn’t finished – we’ve got a long ways to go yet. And because the post was written in October we’ve made noticeable progress since then. We can pretty well convey our point in most situations. However we are still pretty choppy, and speak in the wrong verb tense. And so it goes. . .
7. You’ll Learn Patience Living in Ecuador: Gringos and Ecuadorian Culture
When we first arrived in Ecuador, a wise old gringo gentleman who has lived in Ecuador for more than 50 years told us: “you’ll learn patience living in Ecuador”. He then quickly added . . .
Read more about learning patience.
A very simple post, but with tons of photos, Dena captured the beauty of the hike and the attention of families and child with her story of climbing up the side of one of the peaks outside of Cuenca. Easy enough that children did it, and hard enough the that adults couldn’t walk the next day, Taking a Hike in the Andes really summed up the day.
5. Why a Typical American Family Moved To “Third World” Ecuador
Why did this young family move here – to third-world Ecuador? What concerns did they have and how have they done since first arriving over 3 years ago? Our readers really related with this article and it is the fifth most popular article this year.
So, whats to love about Cuenca Ecuador? Let me count the ways. . .
Dena reviews some of the highlights about living at 8500 ft above sea level. Check out the full list here.
While we were on vacation on the coast a few months ago we reported on some of the deals we found. Beach houses for $65,000 and new construction homes for under $40,000. Salinas is a beautiful town and there is lots of interest in the area. There will certainly be lots more housing and real estate information over the next year.
So if you have read anything about retiring abroad, I’m sure you’ve heard of Cuenca, Ecuador. Being a family with a young child, our perspective is a little different. We aren’t retired – but ultimately a city that a young family is happy in, most retired folks will be too.
And the #1 Post this Year?
1. Cost of Living in Ecuador: Haines Family in Cuenca, Fall 2010
Its not a big surprise that a cost of living post is our top post. It is one of the top searched key words – and this post (if I might humbly say) is one of the most thorough breakdown of costs online. Already, we are seeing significant differences in what we posted back in October. We’ll be updating this in the spring.
Thanks for reading and watch for great new content and new directions over 2011.
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