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Moon over Vilcabamba

Moon over Vilcabamba

Don’t go to the library today, there are too many words already. Pick up an instrument instead.       -- Rumi __________________ American-born photographer Thomas Ives has worked for international news and feature magazines for over 38 years. His photo essays and...

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Cuenca kids at dusk

Cuenca kids at dusk

There I was up in Cuenca on official business with the Ministerio de Franz Kafka. It hadn't been pretty …. I had to return to GO and not collect $200. Later, near sundown, I was in a sullen mood walking the streets: looking for cans to kick or those silly baseball...

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Nos vemos luego mis amigos

Nos vemos luego mis amigos

Thank you, all. It has been a grand ride for me these last nearly five years, writing a weekly love letter to Cuenca, and the people who live here - an honor, really. I posted over 200 stories; some have been simple tales of wonder and beauty, others were stoked with...

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The season of hope

The season of hope

A close friend of mine recently remarried after being single for over 12 years. I was not surprised. She maintains a healthy diet and likes to be out and about, taking art classes, volunteering once a week for a good cause and having lunch dates with friends in any...

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Buying Property in Ecuador: Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying Property in Ecuador: Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying a property in Ecuador, if you are in love or smitten with one, can be a WONDERFUL idea, so long as you are aware of the possible pitfalls that might dare to rear their ugly head(s). This is because, firstly, unlike in places such as the US, Canada, Europe and...

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Opening a small business in Ecuador

Opening a small business in Ecuador

For any new (or possibly not so new) expat who has moved to Ecuador, the question that often arises is what to do with one’s time.  Unless one plans to devote their energy, time and investment towards a preexisting organization (i.e. a charity or other not for profit...

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Gringo of the Year for 2021

Gringo of the Year for 2021

His Spanish is pretty good except for those pesky irregular verbs. He's clever enough to mumble them hoping the tense remains clear through context. He carries a well-thumbed mini-English/Espanol dictionary, so we know he's sincere about broadening his vocabulary. He...

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