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In Photos: Cotacachi’s Colorful Markets and Fiestas

In Photos: Cotacachi’s Colorful Markets and Fiestas

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.

A Wonderful Life in This Surprisingly Affordable European City

A Wonderful Life in This Surprisingly Affordable European City

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April 25, 2017

When my husband, Kurt, and I step out the door of our 1882 modernista (Catalan art nouveau) building, we enter a grand world of art and green space blessed by a warm, Mediterranean climate and surrounded by incredible landscapes, from beaches to mountains.

I Embraced a Different Kind of Life in Low-Cost Loja, Ecuador

I Embraced a Different Kind of Life in Low-Cost Loja, Ecuador

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April 22, 2017

I moved to Ecuador not knowing the language. What’s more, I moved to Loja, a city with very few expats, where most locals don’t speak English. Surrounded by a language I didn’t know, I felt a little like a deer in the headlights at first. Moving to Loja is a jump-into-the-deep-end, sink-or-swim kind of expat experience…and I loved it.

Rent in Cuenca for $400 a Month, Travel, and Make Friends

Rent in Cuenca for $400 a Month, Travel, and Make Friends

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April 21, 2017

“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.

In Photos: Healthy Eating for Less in Cuenca’s Local Markets

In Photos: Healthy Eating for Less in Cuenca’s Local Markets

Ever since I retired and moved to Cuenca nearly three years ago, the low cost of food and groceries continues to be a favorite topic in the expat community here. But, this lazy cook wanted to know for sure—can a shopper really get fresh foods and also save dough?

Top 5 Things To Do in the Orosi Valley, Costa Rica

Top 5 Things To Do in the Orosi Valley, Costa Rica

When I talk to my friends in the U.S. about my life in the Orosi Valley, they say I live a perpetual vacation. That’s pretty much true. My life here couldn’t be more perfect. This area offers me all the things I was looking for in an overseas retirement—a laidback lifestyle, a low cost of living, and an abundance of things to do and places to explore.