Our Top 10 Ecuador Travel & Expat Posts of 2010

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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.

Can I Watch English Television in Ecuador?

10. Can I Watch English Television in Ecuador?

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.

How We Learnt Spanish – A Work in Progress

8. How We Learnt Spanish – A Work in Progress

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. . .

You’ll Learn Patience Living in Ecuador: Gringos and Ecuadorian Culture

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.

Taking a Hike in the Andes

6. Taking a Hike in the Andes

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.

Why a Typical American Family Moved To “Third World” Ecuador5. 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.

My Top 10 Favorite Things about Cuenca, Ecuador

4. My Top 10 Favorite Things about Cuenca, Ecuador

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.

Real Estate in Salinas, Ecuador

3. Real Estate in Salinas, Ecuador

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.

Why We Chose Cuenca

2. Why We Chose Cuenca

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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Bryan Haines

Bryan Haines is editor of GringosAbroad - one of the largest English language sites about Ecuador. Work with GringosAbroad. He is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands).

6 comments… add one
  • Galen Apr 25, 2011, 10:54 am

    Thanks Bryan for your savvy insights on Ecuador………………. I’ve been an international educator for most of the last 35 years in several countries: Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and since my retirement 8 years ago, I have been volunteering at schools and universities in China. At this point in time, I’m in Cuenca waiting for my Ecuadorian Resident Visa to be approved……… My Social Security income is a little over $1000 a month, with other funds invested in the States which I can’t touch at this point in time. I have always loved the beach, and along with having to work, I’m about as close to a “beach bum” as one can get. Now to my point. About all the Ruta del Sol sounds good in one way or another, but you seem to be high on Salinas; and from what I know about it, I think I’d like it, too. So, hear comes my question perhaps you can’t answer; along the Ruta del Sol, what other areas might fit a single man’s fancy. For example: Bahia, or even all the way up to Esmerelda, and the Atacama area…….I understand you don’t have the time to write in detail, however, I would be deeply grateful for a couple of tips you might have on your opinion…Thank you very much in adance for your reply. Sincerely, Galen Bellile

  • @TravelWorkLive Jan 3, 2011, 11:42 am

    Great selection of posts – we're getting really excited about going to Ecuador!! By the way, we love the Coffee Button on your website, that's an AWESOME idea!!

    • Bryan Haines Jan 3, 2011, 5:10 pm

      Thanks! You’ll love Ecuador.

      The coffee button does work. There’s something really nice about knowing that the coffee you’re savoring is thanks to a grateful reader. . .

  • Angela Jan 1, 2011, 9:09 pm

    I see you're having a great time in Ecuador, studying a new language is always a challenge, and absorbing new cultures is absolutely fascinating. Along with learning Mandarin here in China, like you I'm also learning the art of being patient!

    Good luck and happy new year!

    • Bryan Haines Jan 1, 2011, 9:32 pm

      Absolutely – we are having a ball. I think we have the easier language challenge. At least Spanish uses the same (similar) alphabet to English. I admire your patience.

      Thanks for your comment.

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