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.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Ecuador is a Latin country with macho attitudes that are familiar to anyone who has seen movies of a Latin nation or read one of South America's great authors. The men are flirtatious, often swagger about and stare with impunity. Girls, from an early age on, are taught that beauty is essential. We went to a birthday party for a five year old girl where they had a beauty contest. Under the direction of an MC, the girls paraded around the room as if they were in a fashion show. They all looked and acted as if they were grown-ups. Ecuadorian women usually dress up and seldom wear casual clothes when they go out. The usual attire is high spiked heels with extremely tight spandex jeans, and low cut tops. However, if a woman works in a bank, a large office, or in a major store, she wears the same outfit as all the other women in the establishment which is basically a uniform consisting of a skirt, top and jacket.  All schools for children have a uniform.

Each school’s uniform is a different design and color. There are numerous uniform stores that carry huge inventories of all sizes for a half dozen schools. Public displays of affection are very common and you will often see young people innocently kissing each other on the street. You will seldom see a woman in a dress with the exception of the indigenous Indian women who wear colorful, pleated velvet skirts and embroidered tops. The Indian men, who are mostly workers, wear what we would call informal clothes. They go to a job site where they might be pouring concrete, change their street clothes to work clothes, work all day, then when it is time to go home, they change back into their street clothes, wash their hair, hands and faces in running water and go home looking as if they were going out for a special dinner. In the US, workers arrive in their soiled work clothes and go home in the same clothes, day after day. Hair styles for men are like other countries but young men often slick their hair down with a shinny pomade which makes their hair look soaking wet all day long. All in all, the appearance of Ecuadorians is one of neatness, cleanliness and personal care. We have probably not seen a single sloppy dresser with the exception of some foreign tourists.

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