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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Flowers in Winter

It is probably not kind to rub it in when the US and Europe are having such a hard winter but, with your indulgence, we'd like to show you some photos of Winter in Cuenca. Today is January 12th and it is around 65 degrees and cloudy. Flowers are in bloom everywhere. Some we have seen before. Others are new to us but just as beautiful. If you know the names of the more unusual and would like to share them, we'd appreciate it.

This is a hedge growing on the wall next to our aprartment

Daisys never stop growing

This thick hedge grows on top of a wall and is absolutely impenetrable.

Flowering pink tree

Up close shot of the flowers on the pink tree

Another impenetrable hedge growing on a stone wall

Bottle flower?

You have to see this to believe it

Growing over a wall

Huge shrub or tree with enormous yellow flowers

These flowers are about 5 inches across

No flowers are more well known than the roses in Ecuador. $2 for 18 long stem roses at the flower markets.

There are times of the year when the trees are completely covered with these purple flowers and no leaves.

We have seen these in California but here they grow almost wild.

And the best for last.

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