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Busted! Alcohol myths, part 1: Alcohol turns to sugar and hangover cures

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE This week’s column is devoted to the top two myths about alcohol. In upcoming weeks I’ll cover a few others. Alcohol turns to sugar in your body and that’s why it makes you fat. This is a common myth since over-consumption of calories from alcohol can quickly […]

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Video: The Grandeur of Old Town Quito

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and was one of the first cities named a UNESCO Heritage site. “The city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America…. The ‘Baroque school of Quito’…is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art,” according to UNESCO. In […]

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Expat counselors offer advice and strategies for adjusting to life overseas

By Elizabeth Roberts A recent survey by InterNations, the expat networking group, shone a light on the biggest problems that can cast a dark shadow over life overseas. We asked two women well-versed in helping people to deal with such woes, to offer some advice. Dyhan Summers runs a Delhi-based psychotherapy practice, Expat Counseling and […]

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Going home again: A young expat discovers more ‘eye-opening’ changes

By Melina Marks After living abroad for a long period of time, going back home can be quite the challenge. Traveling from Cuenca to Little Rock, Arkansas wasn’t easy, but travel is always stimulating and exhilarating, despite the downsides. Going from one big city to another, no matter the continental difference, is always a much […]

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if you’re a U.S. citizens, don’t let new reporting requirements scare you away from investing overseas; diversification makes more sense than ever

By Lief Simon Going offshore can be a big, scary idea. In fact, thanks to the well-publicized stories of criminals who have indeed taken their ill-gotten gains offshore, many people think that “going offshore” is illegal. This is not true, of course. For the record, there is nothing at all illegal about taking whatever you’ve […]

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An expat struggles to pick up the subtle clues of good Ecuadorian behavior

By Dave Nelson I’m in trouble and don’t know it. I have never been adept (the word hopeless has been used) at picking up the subtle clues and nuances in conversations and behavior. For instance, after returning home from an overnight trip with three other couples my then-wife began talking about the troubles that one […]

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The drinks come rapid-fire and the food is all Russian at Kalashnikov

By Sylvan Hardy With a name like Kalashnikov you can be sure there’s a good story behind this Av. Remigio Crespo bar. If you stop in for a drink, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll hear. A couple doors east of Agustin Cueva, Kalashnikov is run by a brother and sister from Siberia and the […]

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Busted! Nutrition Myths, Part 3: Do you need eight glasses of water a day? Does the timing of meals matter? Does the alkaline diet work?

By Susan March Burke #1: Does everyone really need eight glasses of water a day? This myth has been dismissed repeatedly over the years, most recently in the New York Times where Dr. Aaron E. Carroll (a pediatrician and a researcher) explained the origin. He noted that the original 1945 Food and Nutrition Board recommendation […]

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New expat adapts to life in Ecuador; things ARE different here!

By Walter Panko There are a lot of things that happen in Ecuador that I didn’t see in the United States. Some are easy to get used to. Others take more time. Here, in no particular order, are some of the things I found easier to get accustomed to seeing, hearing and doing. I’ll cover […]

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