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What are the qualities of successful expats: Two writers offer their view

By Viktoria Vidali In 2013, the number of people leaving their home country reached 232 million, up from 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990, putting global migration at an all time high. A common question expats the world over are frequently asked is: What brought you to this faraway place? We may each have a […]

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Canadian appeals court rules against long-term expats in voting rights case

Allowing Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years to vote in federal elections would be unfair to those who live in Canada, Ontario’s top court ruled Monday. Two Canadians living in the United States challenged the Canada Elections Act, arguing the five-year rule was arbitrary and unreasonable. In a split decision, the […]

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Oporto mixes New York and Cuencano styles and tastes of baked goods; it’s also a great place for coffee, breakfast or lunch, and relaxing with friends

By Sylvan Hardy The story of Oporto Pasteleria, Panaderia & Cafeteria is really the story of its owner, Marta da Silva. The bakery is the namesake of da Silva’s hometown, Oporto, Portugal, and mixes the baking tastes and styles of her native country, with her culinary school training in New York, where her family moved […]

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Buying meat at the Cuenca markets: Who you know makes all the difference

By Christopher Lux In the United States, my meat came from supermarkets. Wanting a little ‘security’ and familiarity for my meat purchases after I moved to Cuenca, I continued to seek out the supermarkets. While my produce comes from local markets (mercados), I was less confident about buying meat there. Having spent a lot of […]

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On the Cuenca spice trail: A little perseverance can reap big rewards

By Nancy Turpin Many of us like spicy foods, and spices and herbs are a good additive to any meal. They bump up the flavors of basic foods and can make the difference between a merely OK dish and a YUMMY one. Ecuadorian cuisine relies on salt, aji (a hot, red chili pepper), culantro (a […]

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Gluten: A look at the facts and fallacies and how gluten works in our diets

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Can gluten be responsible for your being overweight, bad skin, bad sleep or bad sex? You might think so if you’re a reader of certain websites or tabloids. In this column I’ll try and separate the facts from the fallacies about gluten – celiac disease, gluten intolerance, […]

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An expat teenager discovers the joy of learning new languages and cultures

By Melina Marks Sometimes, our greatest interests are not discovered until a life-changing event makes us notice them. Some people are good at math, others are exceptional at science. Some, like me, who aren’t too fantastic at either of these things, have talents in other fields that aren’t so ‘textbook’ oriented. Before moving to Cuenca, […]

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In Ecuador, you can find relief from the stressful life of Western culture

By Karla Freeman Ecuador: Come sick, get healthy. No, I don’t mean cure your arthritis or cancer, although that may happen too. I mean get healthy from all the stress-related attributes of Western culture that, in my opinion, cause a lot of our problems, both physical and mental. So what are those attributes and conditions […]

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A remarkable artist embraces Ecuador: Janda Grove is in Cuenca until July 28

By Viktoria Vidali 
Knowledge is the spring of creative talent. As it expands, it engages the artist’s deeper self and flows into a river of new combinations and relationships, from the quest for peaceful pathways to powerful reflections in color, motion, and feeling. This has been the profound personal experience of painter Janda Grove, native of […]

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Complement your diet with condiments, but home-made are usually the best

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Did you know that the condiments we blithely slather on our foods can either help you or hurt you? Most people don’t figure in condiments when assessing their diet quality. Depending on the frequency and amount used, condiments can add lots of unwanted calories, sugar, sodium, additives […]

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Four years in Cuenca: An expat looks back on his decision to leave the U.S. and sizes up his new home, its people, its pace, and the joys he discovers every day

Editor’s note: CuencaHighLife’s newest columnist, Dave 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 […]

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