A New Kind of Blog

There is a world of information about Ecuador. It is one of the most popular countries for people who want to retire to a place where the dollar goes much farther than in the US, a place for adventuresome families who want to experience a new language and exciting culture. However, much of what you read or hear does not touch on the practical, the problematic, or the local information necessary to make things work. There are many blogs which are basically daily diary’s from people who live here. But this blog will be different. We know how hard it is to get accurate and timely information. We have been through it. All of us who live here have learned step by step and we question whether it is necessary to have every newcomer reinvent the wheel. We hope this blog will help shorten the learning curve. There are many hurdles but all are surmountable. What is required is patience, an understanding of local ways, and a realization that you are going to live in a country which is not the same as the US, Canada, or Britain. Our choice was to live in the wonderful city of Cuenca in the Southern Sierra but this may not be your decision and you will therefore have to look further to find the answers you need for different areas like the coast or the Amazon. Please realize that all the suggestions and ideas are based on our experiences. Ecuadorian regulations change rapidly and must be checked before you make any investments or major decisions. Please email us at Sailorburr@gmail.com and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


It was inevitable. As we have mentioned before, there are almost no cats in Ecuador. The pet shops have to special order them and can only get two breeds Siamese and Persians. The vets rarely have them. You can advertise in the newspaper and see if someone with a new liter will read your ad.  Or, you can do what Loretta did and go to the huge indigenous market where they sell almost every kind of live animal to see what might be there. While I sat in our parked car to guard it from any problem, Loretta and Jonny went into the huge live animal market. They wandered down rows of cages packed with live chickens, roosters, rabbits, dogs, guine pigs, and finally found one with kittens. Though there were only a few available – a mixed breed female for $5, a semi-Siamese for a little more and, Alex (instantly named by Jonny) a Siamese for $20. The next thing I knew was Loretta carrying, back to the car, a tiny bundle in her arms. She had bought the Siamese.

We raced off to the vet who gave him a shot for parasites, an anti flea lotion on his back, and cut his nails and then pronounced him a healthy cat.  A quick visit to Supermaxi for cat food and litter which we found is very expensive in Ecuador.

Though terrified b y the car ride and Jonny’s need to hold it, Alex survived and is now sleeping under the bed.  It seems Ecuador is just one adventure after another. Now, we have a cat.

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