Expat Life

Some thoughts on getting old

Some thoughts on getting old

By Caitlin Flanagan I turned 60 last week, and I feel vaguely embarrassed about it, like I’ve somehow let myself go, like I’ve been bingeing on decades and wound up in this unappealing condition. Chances are, most of you haven’t crossed this border station yet, so...

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There are days my optimism fails me

There are days my optimism fails me

By Jan Dynes Always the perpetual optimist, today her mind went rogue, betrayed her and took a nasty twist. She didn’t know quite what to do with these feelings, she seldom went down the rabbit-hole. Her ‘Rah, Rah Pollyanna’ had always served her well at seeing the...

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Making music in Cuenca: Mixing cultures and styles

Making music in Cuenca: Mixing cultures and styles

“Ya’ just gotta love this place! It is the best,” said the newcomer from Louisiana as we swished away from the tram platform on skinny tracks heading south. “I’m kind of a good old boy looking to move out of town and get me some chickens and maybe a goat next year,...

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What you need to know about Ecuador’s new immigration law

What you need to know about Ecuador’s new immigration law

By Sara Chaca The new immigration law, adopted in 2017, the “Ley de Movilidad Humana”, is currently in full force.  It replaces the previous law and was enacted to simplify the process.  Whether that goal has been achieved or not remains to be seen. Here are the law’s...

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People grow old but the weather is forever young

People grow old but the weather is forever young

Perhaps I did not understand the remark correctly. He said, “I am moving away from Cuenca because the weather here is ‘getting old’.” I wondered what he meant but readily agreed that the mysteries of weather are older than unseen clouds drifting over an unpeopled...

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A letter to  my sister

A letter to my sister

Dear Paulee, I saw my first condors gliding high over Chican last weekend; they were scanning the valleys of grassland often full of bubbly clouds spilling over the high country of Amazonia and gliding down a patchwork of meadows heading towards Cuenca. I am already...

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