I have spent 1/12 of my life in Ecuador. It really does seem like yesterday that Sharon and I left our home in Oregon to begin this incredible adventure. Recently, I started thinking in Spanish.
Cuenca is a walking city and I average 2 miles a day. That would make a grand total of almost 4,400 miles of walking. That is about the distance from Cuenca, to Portland, Oregon.
I eat better now. I have Red Meat about once a month. My diet consists of mainly fish, chicken and the wonderful variety of fruits in Ecuador. Cherimoya, Pitahaya, Papaya, Maracuya are now in my diet every week.
The expat community which by my best guess numbers around 6000 is for the most part an interesting helpful conglomeration of people from all around the world. There is every kind of group you can think of in Cuenca. There are 4 different writing groups, all different kinds of craft groups. There are 3 major daily electronic periodicals and two different weekly/monthly traditionally published newspapers for the expat community. You can find a poker game on any day of the week. Six years ago Cuenca was a culinary wasteland. Today you can find excellent cuisine from all different parts of the world.
Are there shortcomings living in a foreign place? Yes, but they are becoming fewer as I become more conversational in Spanish and more accustomed to a life in a Latin Culture. Gracias Ecuador por seis años maravillosos.
Below are some random shots of Cuenca. Enjoy.
This post is mainly for my subscribers who do not live in Ecuador. Peter Greenberg comes to Ecuador and is given The Royal Tour by El Presidente Raphael Correa. There is a very positive chemistry between the President and Greenberg. Thhe viewers get to see (what Ecuadorians already know), a beautiful country full of bio diversity. Don’t miss this one.
On April 17th a massive 7.8 Earthquake hit 12 miles off the Ecuador Coast The very large thrust earthquake was centered approximately 27 km (17 mi) from the towns of Muisne and Pedernales in a sparsely populated part of the country and 170 km (110 mi) from the capital Quito, where it was felt strongly.
At least 413 people were killed and at least 2,527 others were injured in the earthquake. It was the worst natural disaster to hit Ecuador since the 1949 Ambato earthquake. At least 41 fatalities occurred in Manta, Portoviejo, and Guayaquil, all of which are located hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter.President Rafael Correa stated that the reconstruction would cost “billions of dollars.
This very short post is mainly for my friends and family living outside of Ecuador. I’ve already received calls and email to see how you might help. The following is a good link
For my friends in Ecuador that are over 65 you might consider suspending your IVA refunds for a year. I will be doing this making my contribution just over $700 for the year. It’s money that I don’t need to live on and for sure the Ecuadorian government will need for Earthquake relief.
The picture below is of a dog that would not leave his destroyed owners house.
The doors in this 460 year old city constantly amaze and entertain me. I’ve decided to do a 2 minute video on the doors in my adopted city. Below is a 18 second trailer. The video should be ready in two weeks. Enjoy
An ex-student of mine from the Brentwood Public Schools was perusing my Flickr collection of photos and she emailed me why she couldn’t find more pictures of me when I was teaching. I looked at my Flickr Photo Stream (9,161) photos and only found 47 pictures of me. Yikers, less than 1%. So here’s a youtube 1 minute video and I need to be more vigilant taking photos of me.
On May 12, 2011 Sharon, my wife, our 16 year old cat and I left Portland, Oregon for the greatest adventure of our lives.
Cuenca, Ecuador has been our home for the past 3 years. We love our new life in this wonderful country.Thank you Ecuador for permitting us to live in your beautiful country.
I will be returning to Oregon to visit friends and family and to purchase a Nexus 5 and iPad Mini with Retina Screen. When I return in approximately a month I will do an extensive review on Smart Phones. Enjoy the video below.
This collection of Street Art was photographed on walls and Bus Stops in the City Of Cuenca. I then used Garage Band to create the music and finally used ScreenFlow to edit the photographs into a minute video. Enjoy