GringosAbroad Ecuador

December 2010

This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007.  A question I am often asked by my Ecuadorian friends is: “When are you going to buy a house and stop throwing your money away on rent?” My answer: “Never –  if I can help it!” The common belief here is [...]

New Fund-Your-Travels Series

Working Abroad

We often get asked about making money while traveling or living abroad. It’s a great question. One we asked ourselves less than two years ago. When we moved to Ecuador, we had a ton of ideas but nothing concrete. We had just sold our advertising agency and had pockets full of cash. Okay maybe not. [...]

So you’re thinking of moving to South America? Great. Thinking of getting your drivers license? Also great. But wait – there’s just one thing. The majority of people only know how to drive automatics. If you’re coming from Canada or the United States there’s a good chance that your car is an automatic. How to [...]

Another 5 Great Reasons to Travel (more cheekiness)

Our Perspective, Our Travels

Last week, I posted my top 7 reasons to travel. Well, there’s more. Here are 5 more great reasons to pack your bags and leave the country. Satisfying Your Inner Hypochondriac The Ultimate Hermit Experience Messy Beds Reality TV Trumping Weight Loss 1. Satisfying Your Inner Hypochondriac Do you like to talk about your health [...]

Great Bike Shop in Cuenca – TecnoCyclo

Cuenca Ecuador

Just a couple days ago, Dena bought me a new bike. I feel like a kid back in grade school – a new bike, with reflectors and streamers and spokey-dokeys (you know, the plastic things on the spokes that make an annoying sound, but only when you go slow?) Well, they were fresh out of [...]

My New Wheels

Living in Ecuador

With my driving course behind me, it was time to get some wheels. Of course, without my license, I had to settle for the two-wheeled, self powered version (for now – I can still hear six cylinders calling out to me – more on that later). When we moved here, I couldn’t bring my bike. [...]

Argo Joyeria: Custom Silver Jewelry in Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

We found an intriguing jewelry shop downtown Cuenca that I thought I should share, because who doesn’t like some new jewelry now and then? Argo Joyeria: Custom Silver Jewelry in Cuenca, Ecuador I really like Argo Joyeria because it’s not the average jewelery store, it’s bright, cheery and the jewellery is very unique. Everything in [...]

How to Get an Ecuadorian Drivers License – Step 2

Living in Ecuador

On Sunday, I completed Step 2 of getting my Ecuadorian drivers license. I completed the seven-day driving course, with a planned 35 hours of learning.  Read Step 1 (The Paperwork). I’ll be honest – I was dreading the week. I know how to drive. I’ve been driving for half my life and have always owned [...]

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