GringosAbroad Ecuador

December 2013

Have you ever thought about blogging as being therapeutic? It can be, much the way keeping a diary is – except better. The first definition Merriam-Webster gives for therapeutic is: “producing good effects on your body or mind.” Blogging can do both in a number of ways. 8 Reasons Blogging Is Therapeutic  Here are my top [...]

This is part of our Ecuador Expats Series. Do you live in Ecuador? Share your Story here.  Ecuador Expat Profile: Susan Schenck Living in Cuenca The Expat: Susan Schenck Name: Susan Schenck Where are your currently living? I’ve lived in Cuenca, Ecuador for 3.5 years now. What’s Your Story? I have lived mostly in the USA, but [...]

4 Things to do in Paute, Ecuador (Video)

Ecuador Travel

Paute is a small canton (county) in Azuay province – just outside of the city of Cuenca. It is just a short drive to Paute. On our recent visit to Hacienda Uzhupud we spoke with Charlie Castro – head of entertainment. In this video, Charlie explains some of the highlights of Paute and the surrounding [...]

The Monkey-Faced Orchid of Ecuador

Ecuador Travel

One of the most amazing flowers I’ve ever seen is the monkey faced orchid. The first time I ever saw this orchid was at the orchidarium in Cuenca Ecuador. I’ts hard to believe how much it actually looks like a little monkey face. Talk about a flower with personality! These orchids grow in the cloud [...]

Meet Paddington Bear: 17 Facts About Ecuador's Andean Bear

Ecuador Travel

In Cuenca Ecuador there are not many wild animals or critters. It’s a city high in the Andes mountains. There are tarantulas, birds and some small bugs but nothing “wild.” In the mountains surrounding Cuenca there are a few large wild animals, but they are rarely seen. Andean (or Spectacled) Bear Sightings  Some friends told us [...]

As you are planning your move to Cuenca, you’ll start to notice that real estate is listed by parroquia. What is a Parroquia? A parroquia is a subdivision of a canton, commonly translated as “parish” in English. Learn more: What is a Cantón & Parroquia in Ecuador? The Parroquias of Cuenca Ecuador  Cuenca is dived [...]

Moving to Ecuador? What's Your Biggest Concern?

Living in Ecuador

Moving abroad is unlike anything you’ve done before. Moving is consistently ranked among life’s most stressful situations. When you add in the sale of a home, possessions, leaving behind family and friends, along with new challenges like language and culture – you have an interesting mix. It isn’t uncommon to have reservations about moving and [...]

Whenever you move somewhere new, you experience new things, good and bad. Here are my firsts from my move to Ecuador. In Ecuador I have: seen cockroaches… lots of them (but they weren’t in my house :) ) seen a moth as big as a small bat… inside our apartment eaten a guinea pig (cuy) bought a watermelon [...]

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