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Share Your Expat Story on GringosAbroad (My Life in Ecuador)

Posted in: Everything Expat, Expats Everywhere, Living in Ecuador, My Life in Ecuador

expat-profile-buttonAs expats, it didn’t occur to us (until we started receiving feedback on our blog) that people planning to move to another country are hungry for stories of people who have done it. Success stories. How-to stories.

And we’ve been telling our story for quite a while here on GringosAbroad.

Now its Your Turn

In December we began a new series called: My Life in Ecuador

The goal is to build a great set of success stories to encourage others to enjoy life abroad – either for a vacation or a new life.

So, are you an expat? Then Share Your Story now!

Some recent profiles include:

When you share your story, we’ll happily promote your blog, Twitter account and Facebook fan page.

Share Your Expat Story!

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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

10 comments… add one
  • Neda Jan 24, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Since coming to Ecuador in the last 2 weeks, I cannot use my debit cards on my computer and one of my cards can’t be used at all. The banks tell me that my cards are fine.Any suggestions?

    • Bryan Haines Jan 26, 2012, 11:46 am

      Hello Neda – have you spoken with your bank, to tell them you are abroad? The first time we went to Venezuela, I was blocked by two banks because of their anti fraud rules. Its a good idea to tell your bank that you are in Ecuador. Also, the banks here allow only a 4 digit pin number – where some banks in the US / Canada will allow 5-6 digits.

  • Hope Jan 18, 2012, 10:19 pm

    Hi, I am a middle aged african american considering the possibility of life in Cuenca. However, I have heard that people with darker skin are not very respected or welcome in Ecuador. What are your comments on this issue? Have you met any black expats while living there?

    • Bryan Haines Jan 24, 2012, 6:17 pm

      Hello Hope – its a good question and my perspective is limited. Here is what we’ve noted.

      Yes, there are a number of black expats, both in Cuenca and in the country, many who are good friends of ours. They haven’t mentioned any bias at all. We stand out more than they do here – with our pasty white skin… There is a significant population of African-Ecuadorians. Sorry I can’t offer more, but my perspective is quite limited.

    • Garland etheridge Jul 28, 2012, 9:58 pm

      Hope, I am a 77 yr old white guy from the US. I live with a black man and his ecuadoriano wife and son on the coast of Ec. My friend is respected and is a part of the community. We also have one other black guy from my hometown who is even much more respected than I. It all depends (either black or white) on You how you will intergrate. Don’t cheat yourself out of a wonderful experience. Hope to meet you soon Gar

  • Neda Hall Aug 29, 2011, 11:40 pm

    Does anyone have any info on Otavalo?

  • TerryE Feb 14, 2011, 8:13 am


    Off subject a bit there, but has anyone thought about starting an "Expat Bulletin Board" for Cuenca or other areas? A place where one could easily post the little discoveries of goods and services that we make around the city each day . In my two weeks in Cuenca I have discovered several items that earlier blogs mentioned as not being available here.

    While you guys and Captivating Cuenca dot com do a great job educating the exat , and I hope that you both continue, my idea intends to be more of an 'up to the minute' report – something like a; " hey! there was peanut butter in the airport Super Maxi yesterday" sort of thing – or – "my local tienda actually carries ………………….."

    Back in the 70's and 80's while working in Saudi Arabia, the expat ladies had an unofficial 'hot line' and everyone knew exactly when California lettuce hit the commissary, amongst other "hot " news items of the day.

    I'd be willing to be involved in such a project if anyone thinks there is enough interest. I'd probably need some help setting it up, but am more than willing to maintain it.

    Your thoughts please?

    • Claudia Harkins Aron Feb 13, 2015, 4:11 pm

      Hi Terry,
      You should check GringoPost and GringoTree, which both function as bulletin boards for any and everything here in Cuenca. We can post free info about lost dogs, wallets, any event, garage sales–you name it. In addition, is a site about food, which contains information on restaurants, ingredients, and associated topics. The gringo community here is eager to help if you need something.

  • Eric Lutz Feb 13, 2011, 9:17 am

    Hello Haines family; enjoy reading your comments. Brian perhaps it might be of interest to make some comments on Gringos Abroad about the North Country that you hailed from. Our style of life and how it differs from area to area. Example: The fishing and how it has changed from what it was 50 years ago.
    also how the logging industry has gone down hill . those are just a few thoughts. if you wanted to instruct me I might be able to assist some what on an article or two. You could edit it, as I'm not a writer.

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