When living in Manhattan, Kansas (a.k.a. "The Little Apple"), Tim and Cindi Jared decided they needed to evaluate their lives. Tim took an early retirement but Cindi's was still years away. They needed a way to live a better lifestyle together on Tim's Social Security.
When relocating overseas, you may choose your new Ecuadorian hometown based upon your comfort level of temperature, scenery, personal interests, favorite activities, or preference in size and population of city. Ecuador undeniably offers enough variety to please everyone.
Having moved four times in the last two-and-a-half years, my husband, Kim, and I have become quite experienced at finding places to live here in the Ecuadorian mountain town of Cotacachi—the search for our fourth apartment took only one day.
It was a steamy night in Florida six years ago when I sat in front of the air conditioner reading articles in International Living about people who had relocated internationally and were now living their dreams…“happily ever after.”
There's something endearing about Cotacachi, but what that something is, is far from definitive. My husband, Kim, and I each have our own reasons for loving this little mountain town we've called home for almost two years. Kim feels the people of Cotacachi make it special. He enjoys leisurely, morning walks into town and loves to stop along the way and chat with shopkeepers. It's not unusual to find him seated on a park bench chatting with locals. Invariably, men come up to him to shake his hand and elderly ladies often stop to give him a hug. I'm always surprised by how many people know him.
What attracted me to my husband, Kim, was the fact that he loves adventure as much as I do. We've lived in eight cities in Florida and four states from Florida to Washington. Not to mention living and traveling aboard our boat for seven years, during which time we lived in Trinidad and Venezuela. I thought we finally found our cozy little retirement home when we bought our last house in Florida…but my husband still wasn't ready to settle down, even though we were now retired. He began investigating living overseas and said he wasn't ready to stop discovering the world or having adventures because we were retired.