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My Life in Ecuador: Maureen Douglas Living in Cuenca Ecuador

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My Life in Ecuador: Maureen Douglas Living in Cuenca

The Expat: Maureen Douglas

Maureen-DouglasWhere are you currently living?

Hi, I am on my way to Cuenca to live and would love to link with your community. Currently I’m in Quito and am helping a friend write a curriculum for his music conservatory.

I’ve been a Spanish teacher in the states for the past several years and love visiting the highlands.

I’ve been visiting since 2007 and will be happy to help folks out with private/group conversation courses.

What’s Your Story?

I am divorced, taking a leave (possibly for a long time) and have just relocated most recently from Boise, Idaho. I’m originally from Washington state and have lived in Seattle, Portland and in Sun Valley.

When and where did you get the idea of living in Ecuador?

I started dreaming about moving to Ecuador in 2007 and would love to stay permanently as long as I can feel that I can contribute to the community.

I currently have a 6 month tourist visa which was an interesting process.

How’s your Spanish?

I speak Spanish fluently and am a believer in an immersion experience. I love to travel and began living/travelling and taking student groups abroad when I was in my 20’s.

What do you do?

I have spent some time saving money so I can come here and have a simpler less complicated existence.

I am fortunate to have made many wonderful Ecuadorian friends and consider them as my second family.


What do you love about Ecuador?

I have rented a suite close to the Universidad de Azuay. It is safe, and fully furnished.

I love Parque Paraiso, the walks along the Tomebamba river and the energy of Calle Larga.

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8 comments… add one
  • june schnovel Apr 16, 2016, 8:32 am


    I am a widow for 2.5 yrs. I have 2 small dogs. I need to leave New Jersey. I want to start over and build a new live.

    I would like to know, for sure, about a single women living in Cuenca. Where to live?

    Thank you very much.

  • B. DAVID TURCOTTE May 4, 2013, 10:33 am

    HI,MAUREEN. I just got to CUENCA thursday and will be leaving on the 18th of MAY.I speak very little SPANISH,but it’s still good to be here.I have been doing a lot of walking and seeing some of the sights.
    I’m trying to get up the nerve to go to GUALACEO,CHORDELEG & SIGSIG if there is anyone out there that would join me I will try to help out with the costs.
    Wishing you the best, B. DAVID TURCOTTE.

    • Dennis Anthony Apr 5, 2014, 11:51 am

      Get the nerve? Get on that horse, you’re in a different country now. Just go, gringo.

  • Jo Anna Kloster Apr 28, 2013, 8:51 pm

    Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for the info. We appreciate hearing from all different kinds of folks who have relocated to the Cuenca area. I am amazed by the low cost of living there. We would like to visit next summer for a month. Is it possible to rent a place for that’s not too expensive for that period of time? And we have an 11 pound Maltese companion dog that we wish to bring along. Is that possible? If not we would only come for 7-10 days. Thanks.
    Jo Anna

  • Jenn Sep 1, 2012, 3:23 pm

    Hi Maureen, Thanks for your information regarding Cuenca. My husband and myself are also relocating to Cuenca the 1st part of 2013. We will be visiting on November 29th thru December 13th for a visit.

    I would love to take advantage of any help you could provide us with our Spanish.

    We also are from Boise, ID….maybe we have already crossed paths somewhere.

    Thank you,

    • Chuck & Betsy Berry Oct 18, 2012, 12:22 am

      I can’t resist telling you “Boise” people a story. I was born in Denver, but lived in Idaho Falls grades 3 to 6. When on a return visit to Denver I mentioned “Boise” to my grade 1 to 2 friend. Quick as a wink, Greg said “Oh, that’s pronounced BOW-eyes.” So I went back to Idaho with this “news” and don’t ever remember being challenged. I still call it “BOW-eyes” when it comes up, and seldom even get a funny look. Maybe because people know I used to live there, they respect my weird pronunciation? Anyway, if you hear somebody mis-pronounce the name of Eedahow’s Capital City, pardon me for adding to the confusion!

  • Norm Graber Aug 12, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Arriving in Quito on or about 9/22/12. Read enough I think. Time to go and see in person. Motorcyclist, liveaboard cruiser, used to the simple life. Unfortunately keeping things simple in this country is becoming all but impossible.

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