CuencaHighLife Authors

David Morrill

David Morrill has worked as a newspaper and magazine editor, columnist, and book reviewer. He was also a public relations agency owner and university administrator. Born in California, he moved from North Florida to Cuenca in 2004. He is editor of CuencaHighLife.
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Robert Bradley

Robert Bradley is a former restaurateur and Manager of multiple Meals on Wheels sites in Portland, OR. He has long experience in public service and community relations. He moved to Cuenca in February ’17.
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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.
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Scott Fugit

Scott Fugit retired recently to study leisure, travel writing and Ecuador. His goal is to bring real experiences and entertainment to articles relevant to expat life. He and his photographer wife Dee are Cuenca wanna-bees. Contact him at
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Brian Buckner

After a successful career in manufacturing, Brian Buckner sold his  commercial window fabrication plant and now makes his home with his  wife, Edie, in Cuenca. He is a photojournalist and writer currently
producing photo essays and stories of life in Ecuador. He and his wife  enjoy hiking, photography, writing and giving their time to those in need. Brian may be reached by email at
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Susan Burke March

Food, Nutrition, and Your Health columnist Susan Burke March moved to Cuenca after 35 years as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in the United States. She currently serves as the Country Representative from Ecuador for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Contact her at
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Fernando Pagés Ruiz

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fernando Pagés Ruiz immigrated to the United States, where he lived in Boulder, Colorado, until about three years ago when fate brought him to Ecuador with his new wife Martina. They now reside in Guayaquil. A longtime contributor to English and Spanish language consumer magazines, he’s also the author of two books for The Taunton Press.
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Attorney Sara Chaca ("Ecuador Visas")

Sara Chaca is a seasoned Ecuadorian Lawyer, who principally serves Expats in making their moves to Ecuador, as well as for any legal issues that arise or become actionable for her Expat clients to undertake in their new lives here in her beautiful country. Sara resides in Cuenca with her family, which consists of her American husband and 2 daughters (as well as her parents and siblings). Sara’s personal email address is and her law office’s fully informative website is 
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Adam Elliot Altholtz ("Find Health in Ecuador Dental Clinic")

Adam Elliot Altholtz serves as the Administrator & Patient Coordinator of the “Find Health in Ecuador Dental Clinic” in Cuenca, Ecuador, and for purposes of discussing your Dental needs or questions, is available via email at and via the Dental Clinic’s fully comprehensive and detailed website for you to visit at any time of day or night. Plus, you can reach Adam directly by WhatsApp at +593 98 392 9606 or by his US phone number of 1‐(941)‐227‐0114, and the Dental Clinic’s Ecuador phone number for local Expats residing in Cuenca is 07‐410‐8745.
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Transition Concierge International

TCI is a community of pre-pats (aspiring expats) and expats. We support and encourage each other in our joint and individual efforts to embrace the expat experience. Everyone has something to offer.
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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.
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Thomas Ives

Thomas Ives is an American-born photographer who has worked for international news and feature magazines for over 38 years. His photo essays and images have appeared in National Geographic, Time, Geo, Stern, Newsweek, Life, Smithsonian, and many others publications. He currently lives in Vilcabamba with his Ecuadorian partner.
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Louis Bourgeois

Louis Bourgeois spent his lifetime studying philosophy, spirituality, with a special focus on the evolution of consciousness. He has written and published numerous books, and first in the USA and now in Ecuador has founded The OASIS Center for Conscious Living. First a teaching center, but also a retreat center and for some a residential community.
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