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Health and medical myths you should ignore

Health and medical myths you should ignore

By Christine Clark "Don't swallow your gum, it'll take seven years for your stomach to digest!" "Ah, just pick it up off the floor — five second rule!" Most of us grew up with wives' tales such as these, and probably believed them. But, as we've gotten older and...

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New paint job on the fountain in Parque Central

New paint job on the fountain in Parque Central

(Yeah I know ... not much happening here in the pueblo today.) Sprucing up for the celebration of the founding of the parroquia de Vilcabamba. I was curious as to how the colors were chosen so I chatted with one of the municipal workers on site. He said basically...

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Buying Property in Ecuador: Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying Property in Ecuador: Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying a property in Ecuador, if you are in love or smitten with one, can be a WONDERFUL idea, so long as you are aware of the possible pitfalls that might dare to rear their ugly head(s). This is because, firstly, unlike in places such as the US, Canada, Europe and...

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Opening a small business in Ecuador

Opening a small business in Ecuador

For any new (or possibly not so new) expat who has moved to Ecuador, the question that often arises is what to do with one’s time.  Unless one plans to devote their energy, time and investment towards a preexisting organization (i.e. a charity or other not for profit...

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Baby Boomers and the death of jazz: The music of our youth sucks

Baby Boomers and the death of jazz: The music of our youth sucks

By Jim Gala Jazz is the big brother of Revolution.  Revolution follows it around. —Miles Davis Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking. —Nina Simone. Art has a great mission. Through great art lower feelings, cruelty, and...

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Tips for exploring Latin America on a budget

Tips for exploring Latin America on a budget

By Suzan Haskins Now that the Covid-19 pandemic is finally on the decline, it’s time to start planning that trip to Latin America. Whether you’re looking to check out the region’s many retirement hot-spots or just enjoy a laidback, low-cost vacation, there’s no better...

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