Oh boohoo! A lot of my family and friends back in Wisconsin were complaining on Facebook about the winter they had this past spring.
You know the story: Go to school, buy a car, find a job, get married, buy a house…Raise the kids, get a better car, get a better job to pay for the house..
Perhaps the happiest expat couple I’ve met in Ecuador came here with what fit in their suitcases and only two things that didn’t—a guitar and a fiddle.
In Ecuador we found one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse countries in the world. And with a low cost of living, a government that leaves us alone, and some of the friendliest people you’re ever likely to meet, Ecuador more than exceeded our expectations.
My grandma, a legendary green thumb, once tried her hand at growing bananas. She was successful, producing exactly one banana... from a plant in a pot, in her living room, in Wisconsin, in the dead of winter. The bad news? I didn't inherit my grandmother's green thumb. The good news? Living in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, I don't need it. And neither will you because the area has such ideal growing conditions that anybody can be successful, even with little or no experience. Here's what you need to know to get started:
During the recent Powerball hype, a friend asked me if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? Sure I would! I would move anywhere...but only if you can find me a place that has... 1. Good weather, the kind that doesn’t require a furnace or A/C to cope—just a T-shirt and a sweatshirt. 2. Beautiful scenery...because life’s too short to live someplace ugly.