Dave Nelson

David Nelson, spent 30 years growing up and getting educated in Oregon before moving to the Oakland, California and the East Bay area, where he practiced worker’s compensation law, representing injured workers, for 40 years. When he retired from his legal practice, he worked another nine years as a part-time gardener before moving to Cuenca.
How can you not love Cuenca?

How can you not love Cuenca?

It was a great day in Cuenca. As usual, I woke up alert, the sun was shining and continued until mid-afternoon (although there would be rain later from the clouds that formed to the east). I met with my tour guide friend, Juan, to arrange the details of a trip to the Galapagos in June for me and...

Life goes on even if it’s not what we planned

Life goes on even if it’s not what we planned

It has been three months since my last column and I have been sitting here in front of my computer screen for two hours trying to decide how to begin this one. Even if I don't write regularly, my life does go on so here are some things about that life that have transpired since my last...

A valuable guide for living a worthwhile life

A valuable guide for living a worthwhile life

As a certified introvert living alone for the past 20 years I have read a lot of books, even more after moving to Cuenca seven years ago and buying a Kindle. It is so nice to see a title, want it, and within a minute or two, have it. I have quite often read a book that I think others would like...

Finding hope in small-town America

Finding hope in small-town America

Like many people, I have gotten caught up in the fuss, furor and vitriol that has dominated the political headlines in the United States since the election of Donald Trump. I have read a lot of serious work covering everything from the danger of fascism, the possible failure of democracy,  the...

Cuencanos come to the aid of an expat

Cuencanos come to the aid of an expat

A few nights ago, my friend Tom went out to catch a taxi to go to dinner. The new tram line that is under construction runs along his street and he was aware of the narrow and deep concrete ditch but as he turned his head to hail a taxi he took another step and....oops!, into the ditch he went,...

‘Viejo y lento’ but still moved to dance

‘Viejo y lento’ but still moved to dance

My eye and I are ready for the surgery to remove the oil so I can once again have vision in both eyes. However, without mentioning it earlier, my doctor has decided to take a long overseas trip and if he does the surgery now, he won't be available for the follow-up afterwards. So, I've scheduled...

Expats helping students, students helping expats

Expats helping students, students helping expats

On a recent Sunday I was on my usual walk along the Rio Tomebamba when I was stopped by three young people, characteristically nervous. Sure enough, they were college students wanting or, perhaps having to, interview a gringo for a class assignment. The young woman's English seemed pretty good so...

The lessons of the poor farmer’s horse

Perhaps, maybe, quizas, I am back to normal. After a two-week bout of flu over Christmas, I am feeling great!! My legs are better as I am able, much of the time, to walk up the escalinatas without having to stop to catch my breath or rest my legs. Saying that my brain is better is subject to other...

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