Our year end review has become somewhat of a tradition.
Instead of just listing our top posts published this year, we are including our top ten posts as determined by a combination of comments, traffic and social sharing. And one of the posts is almost two years old.
It is interesting that four of the ten posts include at least one video. This year we published 23 new videos and our YouTube channel subscriptions have jumped to over 550.
So here they are:
Our Top 10 Ecuador Travel & Expat Posts of 2013
We were very excited when we were invited to visit Hacienda Uzhupud. While it’s near Cuenca it really is worlds away. There is a constant quietness that we loved.
Although we tried a lot of different traditional foods, my favorite was the higos con queso (preserved figs with cheese). If you haven’t tried this yet – make a point of it on your next trip to Ecuador. It is amazing!
Language learning doesn’t have to be hard. In this post, Dena reviews the Speak From Day 1 language course. Please note: this is not a Spanish language course. This is a course to teach you how to learn a language. For specific help learning Spanish, check out this post.
Watch the video about language hacking.
Everyone loves a first hand account. For the past few years we’ve been busy interviewing expats from around the country. In this post we put them altogether into one huge hub post, divided into sections (Southern Ecuador, Northern Ecuador and Ecuador’s Coast). This is one of our most highly shared posts of the whole year.
We were getting asked about the types of visas and their requirements on a daily basis.
So instead of trying to respond to every person, we interviewed an expert: Grace Velastegui our lawyer in Cuenca.
Learn about all six types of permanent resident visas in Ecuador.
It all began with a simple Facebook post. And it became one of our most shared and commented one ever.
So we turned it into a blog post and the same thing happened.
If you want to see what concerns other expat have (had) you should read this post. You’ll see that your concerns are not unusual. And you will see some of the other issues you should consider.
Do you have a specific concern about moving to Ecuador? Share it here.
If you want to turn someone off of visiting you, just start talking about parasites.
While they aren’t nearly as bad as the images that might come to mind – it can still be a pretty tough experience. Learn how we stay safe and healthy from amoebas and parasites.
When I got my drivers license three years ago, it was a process.
Earlier this year, Dena got her drivers license and it was easy. Here’s how she got her Ecuador drivers license fast.
There is no denying it. We love Club Correos! 🙂 We use it to order books, computer parts and footwear. We are probably one of Amazon.com’s largest customers…
But we’ve also had some problems with it. In this huge post, we covered all the specifics about what we did wrong and how to avoid these issues on future shipments. If you order online and ship to Ecuador, you should check out this post.
Who doesn’t love orchids? Well, before we moved to Ecuador, I didn’t really know what an orchid was.
And although this post is almost 2 years old – it remains the most read post on our whole site.
What is the most popular book to learn Spanish?
Without a doubt it is Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach. Because of tracking with Amazons affiliate links, I can see that our readers purchased 169 print copies and 36 Kindle versions of the book. That makes a total of 205 copies of just one single book. The rest of the Spanish books combined total over 1000 copies.
- Spanish Verb Workbook (29 copies)
- 501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) (26 copies)
- Also 14 dvd sets of the Standard Deviants: Habla Espanol? Learning Spanish The Basics and Beyond the Basics
Now, It’s Your Turn
What do you think of this set of posts? Which one is your favorite? Which post is missing?