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CUENCA DIGEST2011 rainfall totals near records; more rain is forecast

Although 2011 was an extraordinarily rainy year in Cuenca, the city fared better than most of the country. Some provinces on the coast and in the northern Andean inter-mountain region have been devasted by floods and landslides, receiving as much as 300% of average annual rainfall totals. Rainfall was close to the record-setting totals of […]

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CUENCA DIGESTGovernment may reduce gasoline and natural gas subsidy

Two study committees are considering limiting the amount of natural gas and gasoline provided at government subsized prices. Currently, gasoline is sold at less than 50% of market price while natural gas is sold at less than 20% of market price. President Rafael Correa, who says he hopes to have a new system in place […]

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CUENCA DIGESTPreparations continue for Cuenca´s light rail network

Geologic tests continue in preparation of construction of Cuenca´s Cuatro Rios Tram system, expected to begin in less than a year. The first phase of the light rail project will include 14 kilometers of track with routes parralling Av. Espania, Tres de Noviembre and Av. Las Americas, and in the historic district, Calles Gran Colombia […]

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San Sebas — Cuenca’s popular new gringo-owned café

“It reminds me of Austin, Texas." “It’s straight out of San Diego.” “It would be right at home in Boston.” These are a few of the comments from expats about the San Sebas Café, which opened in mid-December on Mariscal Sucre and Coronel Talbot at the southwest corner of San Sebastian Square. With its warm […]

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LEE DUBSThe Ugly American revisited: arrogance plus ignorance is a recipe for trouble as more N. Americans move to Ecuador

By Dr. Lee Dubs    Author's Note: For the purpose of narrowing the field of subject matter in this article, the term “Americans” is used to refer to people from the United States. There is a specific Spanish adjective for U.S. citizens – estadounidenses – which does not have an equivalent in English. The word “americanos” […]

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Update on the Infamous Cuenca Cup World Poker Tour

by Tom McNaughton The second round of the Cuenca Cup was played on October 27th. It was a tough crowd that night. It started with TC Tahoe warming them up with a few card tricks and sleight-of-hand moves that left everyone with jaws hanging. No one knows TC’s real name, but after 30 years on […]

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Cuenca wood artist Ed Konderla crafts masterpieces from discards, learns a new ‘wood vocabulary’

By David Morrill Where most woodworkers see problems, Ed Konderla sees possibilities. “The wood I use would be thrown on the burn pile by most carpenters. It’s unstable and gnarly, and it wouldn’t work for furniture or general carpentry,” he says. “It’s kind of a paradox. For my projects, I look for strange graininess, knotholes, […]

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RAW IN CUENCAA new Cuenca boutique sells handmade clothes and crafts

by Susan Schenck There’s a new American-owned clothes and artesanos store attached to the new restaurant San Sebas. Its contents drew me in: 100% cotton shirts, some tie dyed, for only $21. I’m always a sucker for tie dye and batik, and these shirts would cost double that here had they been imported. The store […]

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President Correa celebrates five years in office with a big party in Cuenca; 25,000 urge him to seek another term

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa celebrated his fifth year in office, Friday night, January 13, in Cuenca. To mark the occasion, supporters threw a party in Alejandro Serrano Aguilar football stadium. Among the 25,000 in attendance were 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú and some of the top musical groups in Latin America. In an […]

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ACCESS CUENCAExpats take to city streets on motorcycles and scooters

Motorcycles. Far more than just transportation, motorcycles have always been associated with thrill-seekers and daredevils, rebels and outlaws, escapists and freedom-lovers. No mere car ever fueled the fantasies of an entire generations like the bikes ridden by Marlon Brando in The Wild One, James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper […]

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