So long Harper ! Hello equador !

by Andre'
(Ontario, Canada )

28th December, 2012

My wife and I are in our mid forties with a seven year old girl. A change of life feels somewhat overdue and equador would be my pic. My wife is a nurse with myself being a jack of all trades. Would love to sell our house here in Ontario and move to equador for a new start. Wondering about employment. Is there any work in the nursing profession. I Myself am very flexible when it comes to work. Does rafael correa need a maintenance man ? I've been reading as much info as possible from ex-patriots from all over which continues to peak my spontaneously impulsive drive to get out and start anew.

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Sep 18, 2014
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Larry S - Pls contact me
by: Anonymous

Hi Larry S. Just read your post and it seems very recent so I'm hoping you're still checking this site. We both have questions so I'd like to talk to you. I'm in Ottawa. You can email me at gopromarc at gmail dot com and then I'll give you my real email. I think it might be great to answer each other's questions and bounce information off with one another.

Marc

Jul 20, 2014
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So long Harper (and Kathleen Wynne and McGinty From Ontario Liberals!)
by: Larry S

Hi all - So nice to see comments out here from Canadians, and especially those from Ontarians. I started looking at the possibilities of relocating to South America about 1 year ago. (A friend is totally taken by Medellin, Columbia, and has plans to move there when he retires.)

Myself, I am a single male, 62 years old, no dependents. I'm a retired business systems analyst in London (Ontario), and worked with the local municipal government until retirement a few years ago. By nature, I enjoy a simple friendly lifestyle with interests in history, geography, and various cultures.

As I read more-and-more about various possibilities, I am taken by the recurring themes of "not so consumer-oriented", "community oriented", and generally openly friendly. Perhaps a slow start to gathering information, I've been reading a book published by International Living. Has anyone subscribed to their magazine, or their conferences? And if so, was it of any help? The book has provided a "door opening" to a variety of relocation destinations, including Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Europe, and Africa.

I appreciate all of your comments, from those who have already relocated as well as from those who are still in the initial stages of investigation.

Ecuador is DEFINITELY on my radar as a MOST DESIRABLE place to live. Locations in Ecuador that I'm presently investigating are Cuenca, Valcabama, Quito, and Cotachi, and Guayaquil.

So here are a few questions. The temperatures in Cuenca seem a little cool, but it sure beats shoveling snow!! Have any found Cuenca to be a little too cool, or have you found you eventually adapt comfortably? (I'm reading daytime temps of 19c and overnight lows of 8c.) My "ideal range" would be 15c to 24c. Are there other communities in Ecuador closer to my "ideal" (preferably not BIG CITIES)? Is there any need to be concerned about humidity? (This is a BIG factor where I live...I'm hoping to find a somewhat drier climate.)

Can one find restaurants that serve dishes relatively common to North Americans (like steak or other beef dishes)? And if fish is not part of my diet, will I feel severely limited?

I read that driving there can be pretty crazy. (I've driven in Quebec, so I have some idea what THAT'S LIKE...lol!) If I decide to relocate there, I would like to be comfortable touring around, possibly even to other nearby countries. Is there a problem with this notion? Am I going to run into huge expenses (that is, beyond the sorts of costs I might experience in North America)? I noticed one used car on this web site that seemed exceptionally high in price. And is the driving so crazy that, compared with North American norm, one might feel like they are risking their life by driving there?

Any comments on air travel to the Cuenca area from Toronto in general are appreciated. (Preferred airlines, etc.) Also, any considerations for the best time of year to check the area out? I'm hoping to make my first trip there later this year, possibly in October or November (2014).

I appreciate all of your comments. And I"m so glad I found this web site!

Best regards,
Larry








Sep 21, 2013
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From what I've been reading
by: Plumeau

Wow... From what I've been reading Ecuador is becoming more and more Canadian

We are doing our scouting trip to Ecuador in about 18 days
Traveling from Quito to Otavalo, Cotacachi area for a few days and then to Mindo for the birds and heading for La Costa north to south

We might see some of you


Sep 16, 2013
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moving to Ecuador
by: Anonymous

Check out the Relocation link at the left for helpful people, experts in Ecuador and relocation. They answer many questions with no obligation regarding the physical move to Ecuador.

Aug 17, 2013
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Fellow Canuck
by: Leslie

Ok, we're taking th next step....my husband is coming to Ecuador for one month mid match. Flying not Quito and then hoofing it. Anyone interested in meeting up with a very social person, please contact him at tennisguy30@yahoo.com.
He's going on a scouting trip before he brings the rest of us.
Many thanks. Leslie

Jun 23, 2013
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Janet off to E
by: Leslie

Janet, I'd love to hear more about your ventures.....
Leslie

Jun 19, 2013
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me too.
by: janet

I too am leaving Ontario to go to Ecuador. Cuenca is it for me...

Mar 23, 2013
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spelling
by: Anonymous

you might want to spell it correctly. Ecuador.

Mar 02, 2013
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Still on Wish List
by: Leslie

Ok, so it all checks out to be awesome. Here's the one snag....if we go, then we lose our govt cheques for the kids. Any solutions to this ?
Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Leslie

Mar 01, 2013
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Love the Title of your Chat String
by: PEI Red

I just had to drop a line, because your chat title made me laugh! I couldn't sum up our sentiments better. My husband and I are also seriously considering the move to Ecuador from Canada. We're currently living in PEI, but came from Vancouver, BC. Good luck with your decision and maybe we'll see you down there.

Feb 05, 2013
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schools, etc.
by: AnonymouKim

Hi Leslie,

We live in the city of Bahia. There is a website for the school - I will find it and send it to you. The best accommodations (cheapest) are not on the internet. There is no structured MLS system here in Ecuador. If you see it on the internet, you know it isn't the best price you can get. The best thing to do is know your budget and then connect with someone locally (like me!) who can help you find something.

Happy to help!

Kim

Feb 04, 2013
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Thanks!
by: Leslie

Kim and Andre thank you both so much for chatting with me. I've started doing my YouTube Spanish videos. Lol. Kim is there a website for this school that your children attend? Also do you live right in e city or a small village outside, I'm thinking that city living may be more money for housing. Am I correct? Haven't had too much luck looking for long term accommodations on Internet, unless you have a secret as to how you found yours. We are looking for cheap and cheerful.
Let's keep in touch,,,,I feel like a chicken picking at you for answers. :)
Cheers, Leslie

Feb 02, 2013
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Why we moved
by: Kim

Hi Leslie,

None of us spoke Spanish. We did some online lessons before we left Canada but in reality we only retained a few words. Depending on where you settle, you can get by with Spanglish and lots of pointing! We are starting lessons shortly. On the coast school starts at the end of April so we have the summer to get the kids ready. The school was started by a Canadian and the teachers are from North America. All the students, including the Ecuadorian students, speak English. It is a requirement at the school. Education is treasured here and educated people are held in high esteem.

My children are at home here now. My daughter misses her best friend from home but that is it. They don't miss toys, TV, etc. We bought bikes (inexpensive) and a few surf boards and we spend time exploring life. I have a boy and girl and they have made friends. Because they want to communicate with them, they have learned some Spanish. However, there are English speaking people here too.

We left because I have become increasingly disillusioned with North American life. Life isn't "real". It is based on consumerism. Here, people value family and community. There is lots of time with family and friends. They work hard as well. I don't see people begging. People figure out a way to make a living selling something.

I don't regret my choice at all!

Feb 02, 2013
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Anticipation does increase with age.
by: Andre'

I can certainly recall anticipating a lot of things from my childhood through to my adolescence and now in my mid forties. However, with exception to my marriage and the birth of my daughter, I can certainly not recall ever being so physically and psychologically full of anticipation as I am now in regards to our upcoming move to equador. I would consider this a good feeling to put it mildly. I keep reminding myself that good things come to those who wait. See you in the near future ex pats.

Feb 01, 2013
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Hey Kim
by: Leslie

Thanks for your note, I will compile a whole list of questions for you and send them. I have so many. My first would be asking why you decided to move, and do you speak Spanish? My son is ten and daughter is seven. Have your children adjusted well or are they made at you ? Lol

Feb 01, 2013
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Moved from Ontario to Ecuador!
by: Kim

Hi everyone,

We are a family of four with two children under 10. We moved to Ecuador permanently at the end of November 2012. Just before moving, I started having doubts wondering what our lives would be like. Since moving, I can honestly say I would not move back. We LOVE it here! We are living on the Coast but almost located in Quito for the schools. We found a great school where we can contribute. Our lives are enriched and we are experiencing adventures and making great friends.

If anyone has any questions, I am open to helping in any way I can!


Jan 23, 2013
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Right On!
by: Leslie

Hey Andre. Loved your note. I too live in Ontario th two kids under ten. My husband and I are investigating Ecuador as well. We're looking at Cotacachi or Cuento. Expenses waaaay down from living here. Good luck with everything.
Leslie

Jan 09, 2013
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Ecuador
by: Carlos

Hey I'll be glad to help you with answers to your questions and concerns.

I'm from Ecuador and I've been living here for the past 20+ years so I hope I can be of help.

Shoot me an email whenever you can.


Carlos
cdejanon at gmail dot com

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