An expat explains why she pulled up stakes in Vilcabamba and returned to the U.S.

        To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. — Chinese proverb A healthy balance in reporting expats’ real-life accounts is beneficial for readers to gauge the character of a place, with readers being the final judge of the writer’s intelligence and honesty. Here I narrate for your consideration my personal experiences in Ecuador. […]

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    Expats and locals are more alike than they are different and the arts help to bring them together

    By Viktoria Vidali For every expat, moving to a foreign land means acclimating to a new culture, defined as “those shared patterns of belief, knowledge, and conduct typical to a particular area of the world.” Depending upon your character, adapting to the culture can be easy or difficult. However, cultural flexibility should not be confused, […]

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    The expat journey is not only to another country but one within ourselves

    By Viktoria Vidali When we journey beyond our countries of birth to foreign lands, we place ourselves in different cultures among people who speak a language we don’t fully understand. In the process we learn many things: what amenities we need to be comfortable; what foods are agreeable; what kinds of social connections are important […]

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    What are the qualities of successful expats: Two writers offer their view

    By Viktoria Vidali In 2013, the number of people leaving their home country reached 232 million, up from 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990, putting global migration at an all time high. A common question expats the world over are frequently asked is: What brought you to this faraway place? We may each have a […]

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    A remarkable artist embraces Ecuador

    By Viktoria Vidali Knowledge is the spring of creative talent. As it expands, it engages the artist’s deeper self and flows into a river of new combinations and relationships, from the quest for peaceful pathways to powerful reflections in color, motion, and feeling. This has been the profound personal experience of painter Janda Grove, native of […]

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    ‘Love me if you can’ — the sensations of affinity

    By Viktoria Vidali Much has been written about the “expat experience,” often in bulleted or numbered prescriptions, but we humans are not programmable like computers,and even when following good and well-meaning advice, many of us are still unable to quell those emotions of lingering uncertainty and sadness for what we left behind. There’s something to be said for […]

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    The patchwork quilt: a thoughtful piece for Pascua and Semana Santa

    By Viktoria Vidali High-school and family reunions, alumni gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, cultural holidays, or the chance meeting with an old friend—such are life events in which we retell stories and relive experiences we have in common. On these social occasions, it seems second nature to compare what we and others remember about our shared past. […]

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    Humitas, Ecuadorian-style: preparing ‘little steamed things’ yields big payoff in food and fun

    By Viktoria Vidali Editor’s note: Viktoria Vidali has been a piano teacher, publisher, TV and documentary producer, photographer, and executive director of an environmental and educational nonprofit organization. Her first children’s book, Francisco and Gabriel’s Blue Moon Adventure, a magical tale of two brothers, is available on Amazon. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area […]

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    No more excuses! Tips for learning new things at retirement age and optimizing focused study habits

    Editor’s note: Viktoria Vidali has been a piano teacher, publisher, TV and documentary producer, photographer, and executive director of an environmental and educational nonprofit organization. Her first children’s book, Francisco and Gabriel’s Blue Moon Adventure, a magical tale of two brothers, is available on Amazon. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area , she’s now […]

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