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RAW IN CUENCAWhat “superfood” is sold on the street and costs a quarter?

by Susan Schenck What is a health-conscious, primarily raw fooder to do when hunger strikes while shopping or running errands downtown? At the risk of creating massive inflation for my favorite Cuencano snack, I’ve decided to share this incredible secret with you. You’ve seen the venders with the carts selling fruits. Well, what I’m about […]

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A brief history of Cuenca’s expat boom: it started with the PR but low costs and the quality of life have kept it rolling

Although it has been called the "Gringo invasion" in newspaper and web articles, Cuenca's influx of foreign residents hardly represents the action of conquering hordes. There is, however, no denying the city's growing popularity among foreigners looking for a new home. Cuenca's status as a world-class expat destination can be dated to September 2009 when […]

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RAW IN CUENCAMaintaining as raw a diet as possible in Cuenca and Ecuador

by Susan Schenck The raw-food movement is growing fast in the U.S. And there are plenty of reasons for it. Humans are the only animal that cooks food. Cooking began only 20,000 years ago, very recently compared to humankind’s 2.5 million years of existence. This is also when the diseases of civilization began. More recently, […]

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Conference of indigenous groups in Cuenca protests violation of water rights and ‘criminalization’ of protests

Hundreds of Latin American indigenous rights activists gathered in Cuenca, June 17 to June 23, to disucss and plan strategies to defend water rights. According to organizers, the Continental Conference in Defense of Water and Mother Earth, was intended as an act of resistance against development projects that threaten water resources. In a letter of […]

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ACCESS CUENCAUncle Sam makes an appearance at the California Kitchen

Rachel Zeigler is the representative from American Citizens Services (ACS) for the district that includes Cuenca. She's based at the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil, a division of the U.S. State Department. She visited Cuenca a few weeks ago and held a lunchtime meeting at California Kitchen. It attracted more than 100 American expats.   Ms. […]

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CUENCA DIGESTNew funding advances city plans for light rail system

The federal government has announced that Cuenca will recieve $4.1 million to draw up final engineering plans for the city´s proposed light rail system. Carla Herman, working with a group of French engineers who have completed preliminary work on the project, said the funding represents a major milestone. “We are excited with the news. It […]

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Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and the Quality of Life Part Two

by Anne Carr  Recently, a student from L.A., here in Cuenca to study for a few months, and I carried out a series of interviews with extranjeros (foreigners), mostly jubilados (retirees), and Cuencanos. The intent of the interviews was to identify some of the adaptations expats and locals have to undergo as the cultures integrate. Questions […]

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Miami Herald International Edition to expand Cuenca operations and offer home delivery to expats

The Miami Herald International Edition has announced plans to increase news coverage in Cuenca and southern Ecuador. The newspaper also plans a home-delivery subscription drive, targeting Cuenca´s English-speaking expat population. Owned and operated by Herald International Media Group, the Miami Herald International Edition is managed and distributed in Ecuador by Quito-based Grupo Hoy, publisher of Ecuador´s […]

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Ecuador’s campaign to limit the human population on the Galapagos draws criticism from locals

The mounds of reeking garbage on the edge of this settlement 600 miles off Ecuador’s Pacific coast are proof that one species is thriving on the fragile archipelago whose unique wildlife inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution: man. Tiny gray finches, descendants of birds that were crucial to his thesis, flutter around the dump, which serves […]

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Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and … the quality of lifeand the specter of death for expatriates in Cuenca

by Anne Carr and Monica Aguilar Sizer Here we are in Cuenca — visas, residency, property, and all! Most of us researched Ecuador extensively before we came to visit, then arranged our return to stay long-term here. Almost everything is perfect about Cuenca: climate, cost of living, relative safety if we are thoughtful about our […]

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Multi-national marketing execs see brand name awareness growing with Latin American middle class

As Latin American economies strengthen and incomes rise, the behavior of Latin American consumers is changing and so are their shopping habits. “Consumption becomes very important as a signal that your family is moving up,’’ said Lovina McMurchy, general manager for Microsoft Latin America’s consumer and online division. “Latin Americans tend to be more status-driven." […]

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