Walter Panko

Walt Panko and his wife, Karen, moved to Cuenca from the U.S. in mid-2015. He is a retired educator and business owner looking forward to adapting to and adopting the local culture. He is experiencing life in Cuenca through “Gringo Eyes” and sharing some of his observations. He proudly calls himself an immigrant and says he is not an expat.

I am NOT an expat!

Please don’t call me an expat. I’m an immigrant. Maybe that realization came to me because I grew up with three of four grandparents who emigrated from Europe to the United States in the early 1900s. While one grandmother was born in the U.S., her parents emigrated from Europe. I never heard them...

Hablo Español — sort of — and the education continues

I’m a firm believer that if I spend time in a place, it is to my benefit to learn the language that the locals speak. Now, before you add a comment about how you get along fine without learning a new language, please re-read my first sentence. I didn’t suggest that everyone should learn a...

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