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The Best of Living and Retiring in Ecuador

Giving You All the Resources You Need

Welcome (Bienvenidos) 

This is the place where I get to share all the favorite things I love about Ecuador. As a writer, I gain inspiration from the people I meet, the delightful sidewalk cafes where I sip cappuccino, and the festivals where we celebrate the joy of all things Ecuadorian. 


The Olympics Are Over - August 8, 2021

Ecuador can be proud of Richard Carapaz -- only the second Ecuadorian who has won gold in the Olympics. I'm sure there will be a statue built in his honor or maybe even a park named after him. What a tremendous sense of pride we felt as we saw him stand on the podium to receive the gold medal. We can only imagine what Ecuador will do in the future with a whole generation of kids looking to win gold in the Olympics. 

Until next time...hasta luego, 

Connie & Mark 

Nueva Catedral (new Cathedral) in Cuenca - First Stop  

It has and always will be my favorite place in Cuenca -- the Nueva Catedral and Tutto Freddo Heladeria (on the corner). It's where we first went for ice cream and the place I go when I'm in El Centro to meet people, to read a book, to people watch, to take pictures, and to live, breathe and enjoy Cuenca. 

If you're new to Cuenca, it should be the first place you visit as well. There are some great restaurants all around the area -- north, east, south and west. But the best part is to stand back and view the three blue domes (tres cupolas) from across the street. 

Enjoy exploring the best of Cuenca! 

Until next time...hasta luego! 

Connie and Mark 


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Cuenca in the News!

Posted by Connie Pombo on May 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (613)

Once again Cuenca, Ecuador makes it in the news with ABC Primetime with Dianne Sawyer. John Quinones reports that more and more Americans are finding affordable retirement abroad, including Cuenca, Ecuador. Click here to see the report!

Back Home!

Posted by Connie Pombo on February 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I've been on a sabbatical from writing and it was time well spent. 

Dad Pombo passed away on Sunday, February 12th -- just hours before my plane arrived. Mark had flown ou...

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Care Giving from a Distance

Posted by Connie Pombo on January 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (67)


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Today I had an overwhelming urge for Italy!

Blame it on

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Condomania and the Home Front

Posted by Connie Pombo on January 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (62)







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The Writing World!

Posted by Connie Pombo on January 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (362)

I love my "job" as a writer; it's never dull!

Personally, the writing world has brought me into contact with folks I would have never met otherwise and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others who want to get published.

In the States, I would speak at wr...

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Mocha Mondays and Cost of Living Reflection

Posted by Connie Pombo on January 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (847)

Yesterday, Mocha and I took our weekly walk to El Centro and stopped at "El Cafetal de Loja" so I could rest and Mocha could sniff around. It's my absolute favorite place in Cuenca to have a "cafecito." The inner courtyard is peaceful and they treat you like royalty. 

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El Dia de los Reyes and Kids!

Posted by Connie Pombo on January 7, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (322)

In Ecuador, January 6th is "El dia de los Reyes" (The Day of Kings), which commemorates the arrival of the Magi to confirm Jesus as the son of God. It's also a time of gift giving!



Today, we celebrated "epiphany" with TWO boxes arriving from the U.S., and one of those was from our kids in Cleveland with gift...

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Coffee Tree, Money and Lists

Posted by Connie Pombo on January 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

One of our favorite places to eat is Coffee Tree (open 24 hours!). Today we enjoyed breakfast (desayuno continental): your choice of coffee, “jugo” (juice), four slices of whole wheat toast, and eggs (prepared the way you like it) for a total of $2.87. Here’s the kicker! If you order the juice alone it’s $2.5...

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Feliz Año Nuevo and the New Budget!

Posted by Connie Pombo on January 2, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (493)


Last night promised to be filled with fireworks and we weren't disappointed. Until 3:00 a.m., we watched the sky light up in every direc...

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