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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

New Book About Retirement

It's been a while since we posted on our blog and we apologize. This has been a wild year with lots good and bad happening. About six months ago we returned permanently to North Carolina for various family reasons after spending three years in Cuenca. Like everywhere else on the globe, Ecuador fell short of being paradise in some ways but lived up to our original expectations in more ways than we thought possible. For us, it was the adventure of a lifetime. We reluctantly left our good friends and will hopefully return next summer on vacation to visit them. We miss the constant weather, the wonderful mountain scenery, and our close connection with two Ecuadorian families.  We also noticed, in our three years there, a sharp rise in real estate prices and imported goods as well as becoming aware of a huge increase in the expatriate community from some three hundred when we arrived to ten times that now.  But this increase in the expat community has made it more vibrant than ever. In no other part of the world have we found an international community quite like it.

Because we are authors, it has been suggested many times, that we publish our blog, "Our Ecuador" into book form so that those interested in this wonderful country could have a ready reference. We have followed this advice and published an eBook on Amazon called "Retire in Ecuador" by William Burr that offers the complete blog interspersed with numerous topics on how to make retirement the best third of your life. If you are interested, please go to Amazon and type in "Retire in Ecuador William Burr." In just a minute it will be downloaded to your PC or Kindle or iPad reading device to peruse at leisure for the price of a cup of coffee and a donut. Read in its entirety, "Retire in Ecuador" will give a prospective retiree or someone already retired a huge number of facts, photographs, hints, and personal observations not available elsewhere, an eBook specially created to help make this late life journey one of excitement and lasting fulfillment. 

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