The decline and fall of Rafael Correa and why it’s such a shame that it’s happening this way

    Few webcam users master the theatrical elements of on-camera presence. Because of the camera’s in-your-face vantage point, subjects’ noses and mouths appear too big while bad lighting puts them either in shadow or provides a dentist’s view of stained incisors and chapped lips. Almost always, there’s a goof-ball element to the homemade broadcasts, whether they […]

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    It’s Moreno vs. Correa and Moreno is bringing in the heavy hitter

    Rafael Correa should have seen it coming. All he had to do, in fact, was listen to what his soon-to-be successor was saying on the campaign trail. As it was, Correa seemed blind-sided almost from the moment Lenin Moreno took office. Correa’s hospital convalescence from pneumonia, immediately following the inauguration, was a fitting metaphor. Even before […]

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    Carolina Bookstore, an iconic Cuenca expat institution, changes ownership

    By David Morrill According to Lee Dubs, the decision to sell Carolina Bookstore after 11 years was easy. “It was simply time to move on,” he says, adding, “Carol and I are not getting any younger and there are other things we’d like to do.” Lee and his wife and business partner Carol officially handed […]

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    February election will mean big changes for Ecuador; What will it mean for expats?

    To understand what’s at stake in next month’s presidential election, it’s important to first consider Rafael Correa’s enormous impact on Ecuador. The election will be, in large part, a referendum on his presidency. It’s also important to understand that Correa’s former vice president and heir apparent, Lenin Moreno, could steer the country on a dramatically […]

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    The howl of the expat cheapskates in the Kingdom of Cheap

    One of the more curious subspecies of Ecuador expat is the small but noisy contingent that is utterly obsessed with the price of things; more specifically, they are obsessed with the notion that they are being ripped off, not only by Ecuadorians, but by other expats who are complicit in the rip-off. It almost doesn’t […]

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    Perpetual motion machines of commerce, Cuenca’s mercados overwhelm the senses

    By Deke Castleman and David Morrill The mercado scene in Cuenca is lively, vibrant, and bountiful, with large bustling indoor and indoor-outdoor produce and meat markets scattered  around town. Shopping at, any of the city’s nine large mercados is a profoundly sensual and visceral experience. Of the three mercados in the historic district, two are […]

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    Parque Calderón: For more than 400 years, it’s been the heart and soul of Cuenca

    By Deke Castleman and David Morrill The vast majority of foreign visitors start their tour of Cuenca at Parque Calderón, and many expats pass through the park on a nearly daily basis. Travelers and residents accustomed to plazas in other parts of the world are often pleasantly surprised at the lack of beggars looking for a handout. In addition, Parque Calderón […]

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