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In study of Cuenca’s cultural traditions, a researcher asks: ‘whose culture is it?’ For many, its richness and growth is satisfying, but others are ‘marginalized’

Editor’s note: Canadian sociology professor and researcher Matthew Hayes has studied Cuenca and the impact of North American expats on the city for several years and, last year, published an article in the academic journal, Ethnic and Racial Studies about his research. His article is titled “‘It is hard being the different one all the […]

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Faces of Cuenca: Osvaldo de la Cruz, football instructor

Former football star Oswaldo de la Cruz, 53, offers football classes to the youth of Cuenca. He is married and has two sons. You may have seen Oswaldo performing his talents with the soccer ball in the streets of Cuenca. If you do see him, be sure to say hi, he was once a player […]

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La Placita Restaurant will anchor a reinvigorated Esquina de las Artes, offering a full menu and complimenting the MeLatte coffee shop and an upstairs bar

By Sylvan Hardy Call it Esquina de las Artes’ second act. La Placita restaurant, which opened a month ago in space originally occupied by small shops, is intended to be the anchor of a revitalized Esquina de las Artes. Unlike its coffee shop partner, MeLatte, at the front of Esquina, La Placita offers a full […]

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Expats face restrictions on U.S. mutual fund accounts; Charles Schwab, Fidelity, and T.Rowe Price no longer allow overseas residents to buy mutual funds

By Jonathan Lachowitz Overseas Americans have faced a myriad of challenges in managing their financial lives, especially in the last five to ten years. They have felt unjustly burdened with financial accounts in the U.S. or abroad being closed or restricted, a tremendous amount of paperwork to prove U.S. tax compliance to overseas banks and, […]

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Dietary Supplements: Using them could be hazardous to your health

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Caveat Emptor. Just this past year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest reported that the NewYork State Attorney General commissioned an independent panel to test popular herbal supplements sold at major chain retailers GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmarts throughout the state. DNA testing found that […]

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U.S. expats could carry significant clout in the 2016 presidential election; a new survey shows that 86% feel they are not adequately represented

There are an estimated 7.6 million Americans living abroad and a new survey by Greenback Expat Tax Services found that 58% voted in the last Presidential election. Called U.S. expats, this block of voters could have an influential voice in the next Presidential election. Eighty-six percent of respondents said they don’t feel well-represented by the U.S. […]

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Ecuador taught me about the popularity of the Latin Mass in North America

By Christopher Lux I had never been to a Latin Mass. I had never wanted to go. Though the Latin Mass has been growing in popularity among U.S. and Canadian Catholics, it always puzzled me that anyone would want to go to a Mass they couldn’t understand. That all changed for me in Ecuador. Last […]

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The choice for expat parents: Online home school vs. bricks and mortar school

By Melina Marks For English-speakers thinking about moving overseas with kids, school is an extremely important factor to consider. If the new destination is a place like England or Ireland, school really shouldn’t be an issue because of language. But what about a place like Ecuador? There is a wide variety of schools here to […]

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New CuencaHighLife feature includes listings of Cuenca restaurants and hotels

Have you ever wanted to try something new for dinner but were overwhelmed by all the new dining options? Are you planning your first visit to Cuenca and don’t know where to stay? CuencaHighLife has the answer. Our new full-service directory of Cuenca restaurants and hotels offers expat reviews, location maps as well as valuable […]

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Is Loja really the next great expat destination? The author of a new Loja blog shares her thoughts and experiences about her city

Editor’s note: Diana Jesuroga started her blog about life in Loja in May and has been busy since then answering questions about her city. One of the reasons for all the questions is the hype Loja has received from such retire-overseas websites as International Living and Live and Invest Overseas suggesting that it will soon […]

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Don’t be embarrassed, be empowered! How to overcome erectile dysfunction

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE It’s one of those conditions that no one wants to talk about – but it’s not normal. Sexual dysfunction, in both men and in women, can be an indication that more than just one area of the body isn’t working right. This week I’ll talk about erectile […]

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