Expat Life

Expats come and go but the rhythm of the seasons remains constant

Expats come and go but the rhythm of the seasons remains constant

“You can’t escape. Your heart will be broken, too.” This was how Jake introduced himself as he slumped against my table. It was a balmy evening, the cafe was full as he crumbled into one of the last available chairs. He went on: “I have never been married, other than...

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A traveler’s tale: It’s a time to be in compliance

A traveler’s tale: It’s a time to be in compliance

Word filtered down from North America that the U.S. is spinning out of control, flinging folks into a maelstrom of frenzy and gunfire. I was told that mass murder is treated with the same importance as a mass transit accident: what a shame and too bad. I was warned...

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Why do medications have different effects on different people?

Why do medications have different effects on different people?

By C. Michael White Different people taking the same drug can have markedly different responses to the same dose. While many people will get the intended effects, some may get little to no benefit, and others may get unwanted side effects. As a pharmacist who...

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An expat’s escape to the New England shore

An expat’s escape to the New England shore

Dear Readers, I flew from Cuenca to Quito to Miami to Hartford on a clear and lovely day last week. Although I wished for nothing more than a giddy celebration, I knew there would be a sobering downside, too. I had been told repeatedly that the U.S. has changed in...

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Project brings knowledge and hope to rural children

Project brings knowledge and hope to rural children

There are many who hold Johnny Jara in esteem for his prowess in writing and publishing, others for his visionary talent in architectural design, and many others who enjoy his knowledgeable perspective on the arts in Ecuador. Those who know him best describe him as...

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Life among scattered clouds

Life among scattered clouds

The sky thinks it has a squabble of seagulls in its sight, but then quickly realizes that this is not the coast and that these are not seabirds; this is Paute, and what is flying is a single cloud, born high in the Andes, discharged in the night, and drifting downwind...

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