For Janette Sullivan and her husband, once they decided on a location, they knew there was no point in waiting to start their new lives in Ecuador. After a whirlwind tour of the country, they took the leap.
No two people move overseas the same way. For instance, everybody has a different idea as to what they need to bring with them. Canadian expat Janette did her downsizing before she left. She tells you her story, as well as the different strategies she has witnessed among her expat friends.
Have you been thinking about what you will do when you move to Ecuador to stay active? Here in Cotacachi, we are very lucky to have so many active expats who have created groups and activities to keep themselves active and in shape...
While Cotacachi is a small Ecuadorian mountain town, with the low cost of living you would expect to come with that, it has a decidedly international feel you might not expect.
When I moved to Ecuador almost four years ago, I did not speak a word of Spanish. Well, I could say “good morning,” “good afternoon” and “good evening,” but that was pretty much the extent of it. I had decided before I moved that learning Spanish was very important to me, in order to better integrate into the culture here.
Nearly four years ago, my husband, Brian, and I decided to pull the pin and move from Ontario, Canada to Cotacachi, Ecuador. This is not all that uncommon…except that we were 45 and 33 years old respectively. The main question that people asked me was “What are you going to do with yourself; you’re too young to retire?”