I had no idea what life had in store for me when I made the big move to Cuenca, but it was the best decision I've ever made in my life. After growing up in Saskatchewan Canada, I spent the next 30 years in a beautiful place called Seattle Washington. Traveling the world and experiencing new cultures has been my life long passion, so my decision to move to Ecuador came as no surprise to my friends and family. My days are full and my friends are many. Ecuador is a place of great beauty and I feel very blessed to be here.
Are there things I miss? Yes of course! I miss great Thai and Indian food! Unlike many Latin countries Ecuadorians prefer mild food so for us 'Heat Freaks' we're busy importing our favorite spices. I miss public golf courses...they are all private in Ecuador and Cuenca only has one. I miss downhill skiing. You would think living at 8500 feet above sea level that would not be a problem but that's not the case. The strong sun at the Equator ensures that at this elevation (and even much higher) you won't see any snow. I have to be careful here..I will get a sunburn even on cloudy days.
My life is much simpler here. I don't drive but public transportation such as buses and taxis are very efficient and very inexpensive. I'm happy to not have the need to maintain a car. I walk more than I ever have in my life.
I have a house keeper. I swore I would never again clean my house with domestic labor being so affordable. I am so thankful for my housekeeper. I have so much more time to do the things I enjoy such as taking art classes, playing bridge, hanging out with friends, going to see the symphony, ballet or other cultural events...all free of course. The Government pays the artists to ensure everyone in the country is able to attend and enrich their lives.
Some of the most delicious and healthy produce in the world is available at prices that North America hasn't seen in decades.
Yes...life is good in Ecuador but don't take my word for it. Come and see for yourself....