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, May 4, 2010

The Sky Over Cuenca

We are constantly amazed at the sky over Cuenca and have never lived anywhere that provided such dramatic shifts in the weather hour by hour. Though the following photos were not all taken on the same day, they are an example of what a typical afternoon and evening can be like. 

Photographers in Cuenca are almost always looking up at the clouds overhead where the intense sunlight causes a dramatic contrast between the clouds and the deep blue sky. This sharp contrast is a photographer's dream. Sometimes clouds reach down into the mountain valleys creating a constant surprise that totally changes the landscape.  The above photo is typical of a bright sunny day. 

Late in the afternoon, it is common for a rainstorm to sweep across the city. This one was unusual because the sky was black behind the city still illuminated in sunlight. 

The afternoon storm clears and early evening presents a constantly changing and often colorful hour. 

Sunset. What more can we say? It often seems like an inferno is roaring behind the mountains

The sun is gone and purple glows behind the clouds. Then darkness falls over the city until tomorrow when a whole new series of changing weather blows over the mountains. All of these photos were taken from the windows of our apartment in town, a never ending panorama.