"I love walking along the Tomebamba River," says Janda Grove. "I think it's one of the nicest things about Cuenca." Boasting romantic 18th-century architecture, and a rich artistic and cultural tradition, the colonial city of Cuenca is set high in Ecuador's Andes Mountains.
Before I left the United States, I led a stress-filled lifestyle. I was working a lot, just to be able to afford my living costs and was exhausted at the end of the work day. Weekends were spent recuperating only to have it start all over again on Monday.
I just returned from a few weeks in Ireland with a major problem. Now I want to retire there. Why is that a problem? I’ll explain. Since we were in Ireland on business anyway, my wife and I decided to take a few extra days to explore parts of the island we hadn’t yet seen.
International Living readers often ask me, “How many other places did you visit before you decided on Cuenca, Ecuador for your overseas retirement home?” They’re stunned when I answer, “None.”
Beautiful baroque churches adorn street corners. Magnificent colonial buildings recall times past. The warm climate and a dynamic and exciting vibe are drawing the attention of expats to this historic city in Nicaragua.
Before moving to Ireland, my husband Joe and I knew we wanted to live an international lifestyle. But where? We researched all sorts of places: big cities, small towns, beaches, mountains, and deserts. The connection with my Irish ancestry finally became our turning point.
When my wife and I moved abroad in 2001, there was a new technology called Instant Messaging. If you had a really good internet connection (which at the time was a dial-up connection…remember that?) you could type a message to someone, send it off, and a bit later actually receive an answering message.
If you’re of retirement age and you’ve decided to retire overseas, lucky you. And smart you. Not only are you about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, but you’ve likely made a very wise decision.
In one sense, it’s a small world…instantaneous communication has made news and events from any corner of the globe instantly available to anyone with an internet connection. But in another sense, the world is still a big, big place…especially when you’re trying to decide where to live and retire.
With most of the population of Ecuador living in the highlands, and given the scenic beauty of the Andes, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the country also offers long stretches of amazing Pacific coastline.