CuencaHighLife launches Expat Journalism Fund to expand news coverage

    By Joanna Bender CuencaHighLife is expanding its editorial coverage and is launching a community journalism fund to support the effort. “Readers have been asking for more in-depth news and people features and the Cuenca Expat Journalism Fund will help us do this,” says CuencaHighLife general manager Jonathan Mogrovejo. “We’ll also be adding more coverage of […]

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    Common Ground restaurant seeks help after robbery

    On early Sunday morning December 18, the popular local eatery and expat hangout Common Ground was robbed. Video footage from the apartment building behind the restaurant shows four men leaving with the stolen items, including a big-screen television, one smaller television, and two laptops. Later it was determined about $100 in cash was missing. Owner […]

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    The evolution of a dream: Popacuchu Café grows into Popacuchu Tours (part 2)

    By Joanna Bender When Pete Breckinridge and Michelle Bakeman, the husband/wife team behind the popular Popacuchu Café, closed and sold their thriving business recently, locals mourned the passing of the café. This 2-part series looks at how Pete and Michelle ended up in Cuenca to open Popacuchu Café and then walked away from that successful […]

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    The evolution of a dream: Popacuchu Café grows into Popacuchu Tours (part 1)

    By Joanna Bender When Pete Breckinridge and Michelle Bakeman, the husband and wife team behind the popular Popacuchu Café, closed and sold their thriving business recently, locals mourned its passing, especially Michelle’s one-of-a-kind desserts. The couple is still in Cuenca and hard at work on their next business venture, a tour company targeted primarily at […]

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    Adding meaning to the moment: The Jazz Society of Ecuador

    For New York pianist Jim Gala, playing jazz music is all about adding something meaningful to the moment when music is being created. And it’s not something you do by yourself. “You’re a thread in a fabric,” he said. “And that’s the joy of it – to be in an ensemble, hear what all of […]

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