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How the Baby Boomer generation has ruined the U.S. for future generations

By Lyman Stone The Baby Boomers ruined America. That sounds like a hyperbolic claim, but it’s one way to state what I found as I tried to solve a riddle. American society is going through a strange set of shifts: Even as cultural values are in rapid flux, political institutions seem frozen in time. The […]

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Homage to the truth tellers

Journalists are informants, watchdogs, and storytellers. They report the news people want to hear, and too often, news they do not. They are the primary connection to the world outside our windows, and it is through their reporting that we see the world. If information is freedom, journalists hold the key to liberty. Reporters may […]

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Dépaysement: Stepping out of your comfort zone

Dépaysement is a French word that roughly translates as “being out of one’s element.” It’s a feeling one can have anywhere but travel enhances this desirable sense of disorientation like a drug. I often feel like a tourist in my own hometown, but alienation is not dépaysement. It may stem from being different, but for […]

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Looking for a guide to Ecuadorian (and other) cooking? Laylita’s recipes and advice have gained a worldwide audience

If you’ve been looking for Ecuadorian recipes with a little international flare, your hostess is Layla Pujol, commonly known as Laylita. Layla grew up in Vilcabamba and Loja, south of Cuenca, but lives today in Seattle, in the U.S., with her French husband and two sons. She says her cross-cultural influences have made her appreciate […]

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An invitation to visit the countryside

By Ed Konderla Shazam! I don’t really have a clue of how to even start this. Even while I think of it, the whole thing sounds weird as hell to me. First of all an introduction is in order for those who don’t know me. My name is Ed Konderla and my wife of 25 […]

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Do you really need an ‘Instant Pot’?

Are you living in Ecuador or are you thinking of moving here? A regular query on social media posts is, “What should I bring from home?“ Recently, I’ve seen, “Should I bring down an Instant Pot?” Another was, “Can I buy an Instant Pot in Cuenca?” The answers are, “Yes” and “Yes.” Mashable.com defines an […]

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Death’s on the way

Recently, via Facebook, I was able to find and successfully make contact with old friends from my high school and college years. I also explored for friends from past work places. Some of these people I had been very close to: bosom buddies I’d call them. But somehow, they had drifted into crevasses of lives […]

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Paco Lightfoot and Matthew Hart heat up the evening at Santorino’s

By Robert Bradley I moseyed over to Santorino’s the other night to catch Paco Lightfoot and Matthew Hart playing an acoustic set. Hart sang a Billy Joe Shaver song, finishing with a shout out to the great Texas songwriter and perhaps two people in the entire audience recognized the name. I was disappointed. It was […]

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My travels with John Hosford

Editor’s note: This post has nothing to do with Ecuador, Cuenca or expatriatism. It is about one writer’s obsession with the man who courted his great-great-grandmother during the U.S. Civil War. It appeared originally as a syndicated newspaper column about 20 years ago. When I make the two-hour trip from my home in Tallahassee to […]

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A shopper’s guide to the strange fruits of Cuenca

Visit the tiendas, mercados, and supermercados in Cuenca and you’ll find a number of fruits that are familiar to North Americans and, for the most part, people all over the world. Apples (manzanas), pears (peras),  cherries (cerezas), cantaloupe (melón) and watermelon (sandía), pineapple (piña), papaya and mango, oranges and limes, and bananas are all as […]

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