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Bringing, Importing & Transporting Pets to Ecuador (Plus the Reverse!)

For those Expats needing/wanting to make their move to Ecuador become that of a pet affair as well (regardless of whether relocating to Ecuador at self or as a family at that), bringing one’s furry pal(s) to any new country can be stressful for both the foreigner pet owners as well as their pets – […]

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Coronavirus: Why is it called ‘novel’ and should you wear a face mask? What about your pet?

By Nicoletta Lanese Coronaviruses make up a large family of viruses that can infect birds and mammals, including humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). These viruses have been responsible for several outbreaks around the world, including the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) pandemic of 2002-2003 and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korea in […]

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An Ecuadorian-American reconnects with her heritage through the death of her aunt

By Blanca E. Vega Although I am born of Ecuadorian parents, I know more about being Ecuadorian American than I do about being Ecuadorian. I have little experience living with large extended families as some of my cousins are accustomed which also means that I have little experience with grandparents and death. Naturally, when my […]

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The power of faith to provide a better future

I was talking with a friend recently who told me, “I’m thinking I might move back tothe U.S.” I was quite surprised both by his announcement and his reasoning. He said he is having difficulty making friends and feels he might have better luck if he returned to the North American heartland. What? I recalled […]

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Chia seeds – are they a ‘superfood’ or just a fad?

According to Fortune Business Insights, chia seeds are gaining immense recognition in the world market, due to its healthful properties, increasing demand for natural food ingredients, rising demand for health and dietary supplements. But when I was growing up, chia wasn’t on the menu. In fact, the only thing I know about chia was ‘As […]

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A gringo’s guide to northern Peru, Part One: The obligatory introduction

Editor’s note: This is the first of a six-part series by Don Moore, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras who developed a fascination with northern Peru — and wrote a book about it. Don spent most of January in Cuenca. By Don Moore It seems like every book, article, or website about visiting Peru […]

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Do you have iron deficiency anemia?

By Jaime Moreno Is it possible that you have low iron levels in your body? Iron deficiency anemia is one of the most frequent causes of longstanding malaise in human beings. Worldwide, it is estimated that 1.24 billion individuals have iron deficiency anemia and over two billion have insufficient iron. Iron deficiency has medical and […]

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Stay fresh, longer! New tech slows spoilage, reduces food waste

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Imagine bananas that never go bad. To Aidan Mouat, chief executive of Chicago-based Hazel Technologies, it’s not so far-fetched. His company makes a product that extends the shelf life of all sorts of produce — avocados, cherries, pears, broccoli — by slowing the chemical process that causes decay. Some of the world’s […]

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Why every expat should be thinking about health insurance in Ecuador

— Sponsored post — One of the more frustrating questions expats are faced with when they move to Ecuador is, “What exactly do I need to do about health insurance?” Whether they have chosen to maintain their health insurance in their home country, or have decided to cancel it and take out private insurance, or […]

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Back to the future, back to Quingeo,

On July 27, 2019, I reported that Tim Nacey had led a small group of gringos to Quingeo, a small village in the highlands of the Andes 17 miles south of Cuenca. It was an exceptional experience. Click here for the story. The early hours of Monday, January 27, were not unusual for this time […]

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Should you get your DNA tested to determine your diet?

If you want to avoid obesity, should you have your DNA tested to learn what is the best diet for you? The answer is… no. Well, you can, if you want to. As advertised in a popular ‘gringo’ online forum, you can spend hundreds of dollars and send a sample out to Spain then wait […]

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