This is part of our My Life in Ecuador Series.
Ecuador Expat Profile: 2 Texas Gals, Cuenca Ecuador
The Expats: 2 Texas Gals
What is your blog url?
Where are you currently living?
I live in San Antonio, my partner in the blog lives in Cuenca Ecuador. I’ve been in San Antonio for 15 years, my Texas friend has been in Cuenca since last December.
What’s Your Story?
My husband & I are hoping to retire in about 13 months and move to Ecuador. We want to do more traveling, too, if we can afford it.
I write a few articles a month for a textbook publisher, my husband works in the Freight industry (Sales) When we truly retire, we might be able to do some writing and freelance brokering to keep us flush until our social security retirement money kicks in in about 3 years.
I’ve spent 20 years in the insurance business, sold my agency about 2 years ago. I’ve also lived in France, Canada, and Ecuador. My husband and I are both fluent in Spanish, my French is also not bad.
When and where did you get the idea of living in Ecuador?
My husband and I met in Ecuador. We had just arrived as Peace Corps Volunteers in the late 70’s. We became friends, fell in love, and got married in the states and then went back to Managi (Tosagua, near Portoviejo and Bahia).
We have been back many times since then, and hope to live there as retirees permanently. I am currently researching the self directed IRA rules in order to purchase property in Ecuador.
I’m also interested in information about health insurance in Cuenca. I’ve read that Humana won’t pay any claims, and the other one I am familiar with is Bupa but I don’t know much about them. Do you have any information on health insurance?
What do you do?
I was a teacher in Arizona, taught Spanish and French and a bit of English as a second language, then I moved to Texas and have been an insurance company employee and then agent, then agency owner.
Today, I am “semi retired” but I write articles on various things for a publisher of textbooks and testing materials.
I also help agents with insurance annual enrollments for employees (lots of choices here, I help them navigate the choices). My husband is an LTL Freight salesman, manager of international relations, focus on Mexico-US-Canada sales.
How do you find the cost of living in Ecuador?
We know that life is much less expensive in Ecuador, but what about the kids back home?
We know people who pay the fare for their kids to come visit; it’s cheaper than coming home.
I would like to have a pied a terre here in the states to leave my important stuff, and to be able to come back home once in a while, but I would prefer to be in Cuenca all year – but only if my kids come to see me once in a while.
What do you love about Ecuador?
Here’s my favorite place to hang out…have a smoothie….buy stuff: El Mercado en Cuenca.