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Moving to Cuenca: The decision, the announcements, the paperwork, selling stuff, a home sale gone bad, and deciding to head south anyway

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about a family’s move to Cuenca.  Christopher Lux My wife, son, and I arrived in Cuenca a year ago and last week completed our residency process, becoming official cedula-holders. I can work, drive, and vote. And I no longer have to pull out a copy […]

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Faces of Cuenca: Carol Quintero and Sebastian Martinez, malabares artists

Carol Quintero and Sebastian Martinez street artists who perform their malabares craft (juggling) in various intersections in Cuenca. Carol is 24 years old and Sebastian is 21. Their goal is “hacer la gente sonreir” (make people smile). There motivation: “Me gusta ver la gente sonreir. Quieremos cambiar la rutina por ser muy monotono” (“I like […]

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Checking the pulse of Ecuador’s real estate market: The coast

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series by real estate expert Benjamin Berger on Ecuador’s real estate market. The second installment looks at real estate in the sierra region of the country. By Benjamin Berger Since President Rafael Correa first broke the news of his proposed inheritance and capital gains tax increases […]

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Before you fall for the claims of a heavily hyped detox or cleansing diet, STOP… It’s time to clean up your act the right way

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Last January, when this article first appeared, I reported that when I typed the words “detox diet” into my web browser search box I was astounded to see more than six million “hits” for all types of “detox” diet programs and products promising weight loss, energy, immunity… […]

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Is it time to get out of Ecuador? The news seems to suggest it is

My sister called on Sunday. I had just returned from a shopping trip to Supermaxi. As is my custom, I interrupted my 15-minute walk back to El Centro with a break in Parque de la Madre. I sat on a shady bench and watched and listened as children careened and squealed down the kiddie zipline. […]

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Cuenca’s ‘Open Studios Art Walk’ is looking for artists and art lovers

Meet Cara Venn. Before moving to Ecuador in March 2014, Cara lived in India for five years where she sponsored the Art 4 Kids, India! program that taught over 150 Tibetan and Indian children. After relocating to her new home in Cuenca, she decided to offer a community venue for intercultural creative expression and launched […]

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Good food and good times are the house specialties at Ruta Centenario

By Sylvan Hardy You can’t miss it if you’re heading south down Benigno Malo to the bridge that crosses the Rio Tomebamba. It’s on the left, on your way to New Town, with two sidewalk tables under big white umbrellas out front. On a sunny afternoon, earlier in the week, one table was occupied by […]

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Gringo newcomers witness their first political protest in Cuenca

By Walter Panko August 13th was scheduled to be National Strike Day in Ecuador and my wife and I didn’t know what to expect. We had arrived in Cuenca only 10 days earlier, moving into temporary housing in the historic district while we searched for something permanent. Everything near our hotel was normal that afternoon, […]

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Video: A visit to El Barranco Panama Hat Factory and Museum, Cuenca

Take a walk through the hat factory at El Barranco. Thanks to Davidsbeenhere for uploading this great video. It’s one of the world’s classic riddles and abiding ironies that Panama hats are, and have always been, made in Ecuador. Read more about Panama hats here. Leave your comments below. […]

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Legislation would allow U.S. to revoke passports without appeals process

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that will allow the government to seize passports from anyone that they feel may be a threat to national security. Although the bill’s stated objective is to restrict potential terrorist movements, opponents say it is unconstitutional and could be used for whatever purpose the government applies. Republican […]

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Is your thyroid keeping you fat? Myths and facts about thyroid health

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CD A low-functioning thyroid is often blamed for weight gain and/or the inability to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Take this quiz to see how much you know about your thyroid and health. Answer True or False, then check your answers below: Your thyroid gland is located […]

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San Sebas Café blends international coffee shop and American comfort food

By Christopher Lux When Lindsay Burton began planning San Sebas Café, she envisioned a place where university students would drink good coffee, talk, read and work. The café was inspired by the eclectic coffee-shop scene she fell in love with while living in Austin, Texas. Located on Mariscal Sucre and Coronel Talbot at the southwest […]

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