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What you need to know about Ecuador’s new immigration law

What you need to know about Ecuador’s new immigration law

By Sara Chaca The new immigration law, adopted in 2017, the “Ley de Movilidad Humana”, is currently in full force.  It replaces the previous law and was enacted to simplify the process.  Whether that goal has been achieved or not remains to be seen. Here are the law’s...

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People grow old but the weather is forever young

People grow old but the weather is forever young

Perhaps I did not understand the remark correctly. He said, “I am moving away from Cuenca because the weather here is ‘getting old’.” I wondered what he meant but readily agreed that the mysteries of weather are older than unseen clouds drifting over an unpeopled...

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A letter to  my sister

A letter to my sister

Dear Paulee, I saw my first condors gliding high over Chican last weekend; they were scanning the valleys of grassland often full of bubbly clouds spilling over the high country of Amazonia and gliding down a patchwork of meadows heading towards Cuenca. I am already...

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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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