Expat Life

By Barbara Brosco In the midst of graceful surroundings minutes from downtown, lies the newest addition to the Ecuadorean, mountain town of Cotacachi; Club Lomas Residential Community. Club Lomas nestled in a spacious landscape provides assisted living residences for retired singles and couples with various options available. Studio apartments are 300 sq. ft., and suites...
If you’ve been using advanced age or physical limitations as excuses for not getting on a bicycle in Cuenca, there’s a new service in town that might change your mind. eBikes de Cuenca offers bike rentals as well as guided tours to introduce expats and Cuencanos to the many benefits of electric bicycles. The new...
By Stephen Vargha A hidden gem is not immediately apparent. It therefore has received far less recognition than it deserves. On the far west side of Cuenca, three miles west of Av. de las Américas, exists a hidden gem. “I never knew about Casa Hermanos until our Ecuadorian friends recommended it,” said Michael Kaufmann. “We...
By Dana G. Smith According to some estimates, consumers spend $62 billion a year on “anti-aging” treatments. But while creams, hair dyes and Botox can give the impression of youth, none of them can roll back the hands of time. Scientists are working to understand the biological causes of aging in the hope of one...
Even as a very young child, Valentina Leon was more drawn to animals than to her toys. Dolls were just pieces of plastic, while animals radiated love and compassion. This deep bond has come to fruition in her role as founder of ARCA, the Foundation to Protect Animals, Cuenca’s oldest and largest animal rescue organization....
By John Olson From April 17-21, Azuay Community Theatre will perform Noel Coward’s, Blithe Spirit — one of the most enduring comedies of the last 100 years. In this ever-popular comedy, Charles Condomine’s first, now-deceased wife Elvira is accidentally summoned back to life by a medium, Madame Arcati. Back in Charles’ house, Elvira does not...
By Alexandra Villarreal Don’t call Jym Varnadore an expat. Yes, he and his wife, Renee Varnadore, are living abroad. But they left the United States in search of a quality of life that’s no longer in reach for them stateside. Now, the clear blue waters of Rosarito Beach are quickly becoming home. Their condo is...
By Helen Coffey It wasn’t eavesdropping, exactly. It’s just impossible not to listen to someone’s very personal conversation when you’re sitting in a sauna together. The two women were talking about death – or, rather, preparing for death – openly, calmly and without melodrama or heightened emotion. One of them was explaining why she had spent time ensuring her affairs were...
By Brian Hitsky The Cuenca foundation that believes everyone deserves quality health care is augmenting its assistance up to other levels. Social Vision, known for offering medical services to those who need it most, is now providing life-saving medicine to the public hospital system. Foundation Municipal de La Mujer y El Nino de Cuenca recently...
By Andrei Ionescu A team of infectious disease specialists has issued an urgent call to action for the medical community, emphasizing the need for heightened awareness and preparedness to address the rising impact of climate change on disease transmission and outbreaks. The study was led by the University of California Davis (UC Davis), Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital,...
By Stephen Vargha Our lives happen around our furniture. Furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed. We spend so much time around furniture that we don’t really consider how it impacts our lives. U.S. interior designer and author, Nate Berkus said, “Your home should be a story of who you are and be a...
Although Cuenca is a long way from her native Thailand, Dao Browning’s work and passion remains the same: preparing and serving authentic Thai meals. Dao and her husband, Randy Browning, opened Thai Lotus restaurant on Av. Paucarbamba in September, a few months after they arrived in Cuenca. The restaurant moved into space previously occupied by...

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Week of May 26

Cleaning and Rock-Filling Work Completed at Coca Codo Sinclair Plant.

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Germany Advises Ecuadorian Exporters to Comply with European Union Standards: Impacts on Cocoa, Coffee, and Palm.

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The True Cost of Extra and Ecopaís Gasoline Subsidies.

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