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The Challenges and Joys of Learning Spanish

The Challenges and Joys of Learning Spanish

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.

A Small-Town Expat Haven with “The Best Climate in the World”

A Small-Town Expat Haven with “The Best Climate in the World”

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June 19, 2017

Walking into my Tai Chi/Qigong class this morning at the Atenas Yoga Center, I was greeted by several new smiling faces. There were new expats in town, renting a house for a few months to check out whether Atenas, Costa Rica, could be their new home.

5 Reasons Why We are Leaving Arequipa, Peru

5 Reasons Why We are Leaving Arequipa, Peru

It is surprising that Arequipa is still such a well-kept secret as a place to spend your retirement years. After all, there are over 300 days of sunshine per year, the Pacific coast is only a couple of hours away by bus, and the spectacular hiking trails of the Colca Canyon are only three hours away in the other direction.

The 5 Best Tips I Could Give Potential First-Time Expats

The 5 Best Tips I Could Give Potential First-Time Expats

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June 11, 2017

I don’t much believe in mistakes. I see them only as momentary setbacks and learning opportunities. When a setback occurs, therefore, you always learn from it. Yes, mistakes can sometimes be costly. And they can be a blow to your self-esteem. But there are always ways around and out...