Well, I guess I should start off and explain that we haven’t had many problems here in Cuenca. But it would be naive to think that crime isn’t a problem here. It is a problem in every city. Being smart about where you are and at what time of day is important in almost every [...]
Cuenca is a beautiful city high up in the Andes Mountains. The climate here is spring like cool-warm during the day and cold at night. From what we have experienced the health care system is good here: good doctors/specialists and clean modern hospitals. The health concerns that we (more specifically Bryan) have experienced are somewhat odd. But because knowing our little story may help others, I’m going to make a short-story, well … long.
Its a noble idea. Avoid taking taxis and buses and buy your own vehicle. If you had a vehicle back home – why not buy a car here too?
The price of gas is super low (USD$1.48/gallon) and it isn’t that hard to buy a vehicle here. Of course, many expats swear off driving after they arrive. Usually for one of two reasons:
Traveling with kids is wonderful! It’s so satisfying to see them experience new places, foods, cultures and languages. It can really draw a family closer. But traveling with kids means being extra careful because you have to watch out for their health and safety, which is harder than just caring for yourself. There is a [...]
This is a good question. Basically, travel insurance is there for the unknown. A slip, a pickpocketing or a missed flight means so much more ($) when you are in another country. How can you get funds, replacement id or another flight? That’s what travel insurance is for. There are a number of options for [...]
What should you be scared of in Cuenca? When exploring options for moving abroad scary animals are often on the list of concerns. Some places have weird parasites that can enter your skin while swimming. Other places have poisonous snakes and other weird reptiles.But what does Cuenca have? But what does Cuenca have? Cuenca Has [...]
When I stepped in the shower for the first time in Ecuador I was shocked to see wires coming out of the shower head! I could not believe what I was seeing! My whole life I was taught that electricity and water make a deadly mix. I didn’t know if I should turn it on [...]
This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007. We recently stopped by the post office in Cuenca to take care of some business and were amused to see a foreign woman loudly inquiring in English about the status of a package. Apparently the woman felt that if she just [...]
When we were in Quito I took my daughter out for a fancy breakfast at the JW Marriott Hotel. We were enjoying the beautiful surroundings so much that I forgot my usual paranoia and laid my camera down while I freshened up my lip gloss. Normally I would put my camera in my purse, even if I [...]
By one taxi drivers estimation (he is an organizer for some of the strikes in the past) there are more than 3000 pirate taxi drivers in Cuenca compared to the 5000 licensed ones. Now the term “pirate” might bring to mind eye patches, parrots and chests of gold. Or maybe just a criminal. Neither is exactly [...]