Thinking out loud

June 29th, 2012

I am a 62 year young nurse who is from Oregon and would like to chat with anyone who is thinking about living or is already living in Ecuador

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Mar 28, 2013
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Ecuador
by: Jamie

hello Frank
I too am in the same boat but with one difference, i just got back from Cuenca, Ecuador. I went with the idea that i might move there, soon. I am also single, male, 56 and i was a litte iffy about the whole thing. Its funny i was that way as i have travelled to many countries and lived overseas for 22 years and in 4 different countries. for some reason Ecuador seemed a real challenge for me. Once i got there i had a much much better time than i thought i would have had. In fact i stayed in Cuenca for the entire two weeks instead of going to three cites to check out other areas. I was a little curious as to the single person situation. I met so many single men and women that had packed up their lives and did the same thing i am considering. Most of all i was so suprised at the number of women, maybe two to one over men, that had just up rooted their lives and did the big move.I can only say that these women, and men are adventurous spitits and i think thats one thing that bonds the expat community together. There are many things that bond the community this one i think is a strong one. I would suggest you go and try and get involved with the expat folks so you can see what daily life is like when you live there. I met nearly twenty and they were very gracious in that they answered all my questions and i saw 4 different apartments. Good fun and never short of things to do. If you would life to chat further email me on frazzerview@yahoo.ca. I got some photos if you would like to see some of what i got up to. They are on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogxgfqmR27E

Just copy and paste

jamie

Mar 28, 2013
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Thinking
by: Anonymous

I am a bit confused with this World of Ours-and frankly trying to figure out the best place to be in coming years--yes, I'm in that boat---turning 62 (male( healthy, and young at heart--have traveled to most Latin America countries--like them a lot-now it's time to make a choice-and I am, to say a little chicken--need someone that feels sort of the way I do-but optimistic about a move to Ecuador, Panama--I, like most read a lot about everything--now I need someone to travel with, so I (we) can take it all in!--any comments--would be helpful

Frank

form Boston area, now in FL

in Sept fjcallahan@aol.com

Feb 12, 2013
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Travel companion
by: Judy

Hi Judy,from Seattle. I rec'd your email, However I deleted your email address by mistake. Please resend.

Judy, from Toronto.

Feb 11, 2013
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cuenca information from a newbie
by: Anonymous

Hello Judy
My name is Jamie and i am in Ecuador right now doing the check it out thing myself. I am from Vancouver so i am not far from you. I am taking as many notes and photos as i can and if you want some information when i get back please feel free to email me on frazzerview@yahoo.ca that goes for anyone else who might be interested in Cuenca.

Feb 10, 2013
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travel companion
by: Judy

Dear Thinking out loud:

I would also like a traveling companion to check things out in Ecuador. I am 62 active and love to hike and explore. I would like to plan a trip sometime this year for a couple weeks. I am currently working full time from Seattle.

Is there an email address to contact you?

Judy

Feb 02, 2013
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Ecuador weather
by: Lorraine

Please, people--- bear in mind that weather (and it's label of "perfect") is so subjective. I thought I would love the "eternal springtime" of Cuenca. Well.... I lived in Florida for 38 years, and springtime to me was weather in the 70s with occasional light rain (not downpours). I visited Cuenca in late August, early Sept. and never got out of sweatsuits, jackets and 2-3 blankets at night. Nighttime and morning temps were in the 40s, and for an hour in the afternoon, before dusk, it might have reached 65-70---THAT is not MY idea of perfect. If you come from Toronto, or Michigan, or the NW - maybe.

So..... when making your suggestions - please be careful.

I settled in Salinas, on the coast and I love it -- it is cooler than Miami, I have no A/C and haven't had a bit of trouble sleeping, as the temps cool off enough at night and the breezes are delightful. Days (when it doesn't rain -- it is summer now) are hot and humid at times, but tolerable (for an ex-Floridian)

You can not substitute reading about it for actually visiting - if possible at a couple of different times of the year -- before deciding.

If that's not possible - speak to some honest people who have experienced it and don't just tout the party line. Even the weather channel online has been totally wrong at times about Salinas. The first week I was here it said the low was 46F and high of 65. NOT!!! As an experienced hot weather person - it had to be 70-80 that day. So.....a caveat there, too!

Nov 15, 2012
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equador exploring
by: Jamie

Anonymous
hello
I too am going to Equador to check it out with the idea retirement soon. If you are interested to talk about it please email me on
frazzerview@yahoo.com. If the idea of travel companions intersts you that might work also.
I live in Vancouver bc and i am a single male 56. I am looking for a travel mate not a partner in life, well at least not now. if this interests you i am thinking of going in Febuary as the airfares seem to be the best then. I am going to fly in and rent a car, drive to the coast, and the larger cities. this will be more of a fact finder than a holiday. let me know if this is of any interest to you.

Nov 12, 2012
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Thinking out loud too
by: Anonymous

Hi!

I am also a 62 year young woman from Seattle (divorced and still working full time). I am very interested in traveling to Cuenca to see if it's a fit for my retirement. I am interested in a travel companion to look around the country.


Oct 26, 2012
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Thinking out loud tooooooooooo
by: Judy

Hi,

I have the same idea. Hope to go on a fact finding trip to Cuenca Sept. 2013. Also, see my ad on this page too.

jtenzyf@yahoo.com

Oct 06, 2012
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Interested in looking things over
by: Anonymous

Linda in Salt Lake City, Utah looking to relocate in Cuenca. Would like contacts or someone to plan a trip with to look things over. Information sounds good for retirement. I'm single and 64.

Sep 15, 2012
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on my way
by: Flightsurg - ret.

After traveling extensively through Panama and Ecuador, we have mixed feelings. We really like Cuenca, Salinas & even Porta Lopez but the Panama Pensionado program & the ease of obtaining a V I S A their is also influencial. Both countries offer a great deal, however Cuenca's weather may be the best in the world. Decisions, decisions. We just retired the last of last month and hope to rent or lease a nice place in Cuenca and see how life really is there.

Aug 08, 2012
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flights
by: Lorraine in Florida

I will be retiring to Cuenca (after my visit later this month)from Florida.... I got an airfare on COPA 8/28 - 9/5 from Miami to Guayaquil of $386. round trip. The van ride from Guayaquil to Cuenca (so they tell me) is only about $15. Sometimes the flights to Portland from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (my daughter lives in Beaverton) are around 400. --- so, if you are creative and willing to take a bit more time-- it may be cheaper to look at combination routes when they are "on sale."

Hope to meet once there!

Lorraine iwrite4you@att.net

Aug 06, 2012
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Retiring to Cuenca in 3 years
by: Lynn

My husband and I are from Portland and have been researching retiring to either SanJose area of Costa Rica or Cuenca. We won't be retiring for two years yet and then will be traveling the US in a Class C trailer and taking it down to Central America and then on the ship to S. America and Cuenca to look around. Our female boxer dog will be accompanying us. Anyone who has any information on good Vets in the area etc. please email us. I hope to see someof yoiu when we get here and you can fill us in on life in Cuenca!.

Jul 26, 2012
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opinions required
by: jamie

Judy sounds interesting and so does the lady from Alabama. I am intersted in retiring in either Panama, Nicaragua, or Ecuador. I am single and 55 year old male from Vancouver. Does anyone have any information that might help me? Perhaps you have thought about these choices and something swung you one way or the other. I haven't been to any of the countries mentioned but i am going to go this fall and start the search. I might go alone so if someone has good travel plans maybe we could hook up. My goal is to retire but if i found a country that offered a business opp i might be interested. Perhaps a B&B or what have you. Maybe one country might have more business opp's than others
thanks
jamie

Jul 25, 2012
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Airfare from Oregon to Cuenca
by: Anonymous

My Husband and are are from Oregon (Portland) and are leaving on April 2nd 2013 in 8 months to move and Retire to Cuenca ! We are very excited. We have done extensive research online, books, Blogs, U Tubes, Newsletters ect and also met personally with a man from Portland who retired there two years ago. Everything there is much less that the US but,,,,,,,,,,,a round trip ticket per person from Oregon to Ecuador will run you $1,400.00 and there are no special deals or discounts for buying well in advance, so the woman with 10 kids that wants to fly back to the US once a month, sorry to say you need to be pretty wealthy to afford all of that Airfare. We plan to visit Oregon twice a year and that will set us back $5,800.00 per year for the two of us with two round trips.

Jul 16, 2012
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Moving there in Nov.
by: Anonymous

I do not live in Oregon, but am leaving the middle of Nov. to retire there. I have been planning this and researching for a year now, so if there is any question you have I can try to answer. May I suggest that you list yourself with the many wonderful Ecuador forums because it is a bountiful resource, i.e. Yahoo and Expat-blog, just to name a couple.

Jul 15, 2012
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travel mate
by: Anonymous

I am also wanting to travel to Cuenca and explore retirement options. I am a 60 year old female, divored and retired, if you would like, we could talk about being travel companions, I am in Alabama. dndavis44@gmail.com

Jul 15, 2012
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reply to nurse from oregon
by: Pam

Hi there, am also a nurse in Oregon maybe a few years your junior but am looking at possible retirement in Ecuador , but not for over another 10 years, would love to hear how you like it and see when you are going, would like to take a trip down but likely not for another 3 year sor so. where do you work , ? my background is peds, NICU, and currently work in clinic situation.
take care. Pam bmmeup@yahoo.com

Jul 13, 2012
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Traveling from Oregon
by: Don

Hi, I am also from Oregon and planning to live in Cuenca six to nine months a year. I plan to travel there in October for about a month on this trip. Email me at don@hellgatecellars.com

Jul 08, 2012
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Hi
by: Anonymous

Hi Judy,

My husband and myself are also considering Ecuador as our place of retirement. We've been looking into Cuenca. We're in research mode at this time. My question is what the flights cost back to the US. We live in Boise Idaho not to far from you. Our family is huge 10 kids, and 10 grandchildren with twins on the way. With my husbands pension, and social security I think we will be able to live very well. I do however want to travel home about once a month. While doing your research do you have any idea on what the cost would be to travel that often?

Jul 03, 2012
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My thoughts on this website
by: Judy

Hi,

I just posted my ad for "Travel Mate". See page Expat Classifieds.

Judy
jtenzyf@yahoo.com

Jul 01, 2012
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RN writes
by: thom

R U considering employment while here? Nursing is not held in the highest regard here as the training and education of folks in our profession down here is not as it is in the good ole USA. I can put you in contact with some hospitols if you wish. You will, most likely, find staffing worse here than in US. Every other aspect of living here is a wee bit more possitive tho.

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