5 Years In Cuenca – Muchisimas Gracias Ecuador

It was a very exciting day 5 years ago at Portland International Airport starting our adventure of a lifetime. 8 pieces of luggage, a 16 year old cat in a carrier and a few butterflies in our collective stomachs about what lies ahead.

Fast forward 5 years and many things have changed. Feisty, our cat has gone on to better times. Butch and Curry, our two rescue cats now share our lives We have assimilated into the Cuenca community have made wonderful local as well as expat friends. Our Spanish has become functional and hopefully one day will be conversational. Most of all we have a relatively stress free healthy life style and look forward to more years in our adopted country.

Below are some observations from our 5 years in Ecuador

  • An official guess is that there are 6000 expats living in Cuenca – up from about 800 5 years ago
  • Because of the skewed population (over 65 ) more of my friends are dying
  • I see younger expats moving to Cuenca and I like it
  • It is still very affordable to live in Cuenca. Inflation is below 4% a year
  • We have reliable affordable fiber optic internet to the house
  • The new Tranvia (light rail) has been delayed and won’t be operating till 2017. A big disappointment and aggravation to both Cuencanos and Expats
  • A great choice of restaurants in Cuenca including a new Persian and Thai restaurant.
  • More Poker and Bridge Games  🙂
  • Affordable government and private health insurance
  • Lastly, a vibrant and supportive Expat community

Below are two of my favorite videos that I shot in Cuenca. The first is a vignette of some street vendors. The second is a a Sunday afternoon in Parque Calderon.




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