My partner, Stacey, and I have lived in Cuenca for almost three years, and we have learned that some of the busiest and happiest moments of the entire year come towards its end. And best of all, the joy has a great price point: completely free.
"We're so happy to be here, every day is just a great day," Micki Westhorp says. "We can't imagine being retired anywhere else and having this kind of quality of life." Micki, 71, and her partner, Jaci Norwood, 62, moved from Dallas, Texas, to Cuenca, Ecuador, with the intention of buying a home and starting their retirement.
Last night, my partner, Stacey and I sat outside on our back terrace, sipping a glass of wine and admiring the stars as they popped out one by one. Basking in the cool night air, we listened to the low laughter of our Ecuadorian neighbors next door, teasing one of their sons about his new novia (girlfriend).
“Cuenca’s much different from what people think,” says Stefani Owen, “They think you’re in the Amazon jungle in a little hut. It’s actually a modern city with a lot to offer.” Stefani, 64, and her husband Bob, 77, moved to Cuenca five-and-a-half years ago.
If you had asked me three years ago if I would be living overseas, my answer would have been “no.” Not out of aversion to other cultures or changing up my life—I enjoy travel and trying different things—but simply because the idea didn’t present itself without a little push.