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The Best of Living and Retiring in Ecuador

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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 


It's Finished!

Posted by Connie Pombo on June 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I’ve been on a brief hiatus getting some writing projects completed and didn’t realize how long it’s been since I blogged until someone e-mailed me and said, “Are you dead?”

Well, I’m back!

While I was “absent,” the house down the road got finished! It started out as a plot, then a cement blob and now—after three months—it’s a beautiful new home.

The workers were kind enough to let me peek inside the windows and I was amazed at how modern and spacious it is—truly gorgeous. It’s 50 feet from the river, it’s on a corner lot with a yard and it’s part of a gated community. I’m not sure if it’s for sale, but it would be a great find (four bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths and the location is simply perfect).

There's only one catch! While I sat on the front steps—taking in the beauty of Cuenca’s weather at its best—I couldn’t help but notice the next door neighbor’s pet rooster. He sounded like he was laying eggs the way he was going at it. Mocha started barking and the rooster crowed louder and louder. So much for a perfect spot!

We recently had some friends move out in the country—thinking it would be quieter—and they ended up with two roosters and four dogs serenading them through the night. Sometimes if it looks too good to be true; it probably is!

Construction projects are part of the scenery in Cuenca these days: new high-rise condos, new homes and townhouses, and renovations on older places. It’s part of the new Cuenca! But I’m not so sure that I like the new, modern look. For some reason, I’m still in favor of the old Cuencano-style homes with the wrought iron balconies, red tile roofs and large wooden doors. It's what endeared me to Cuenca.

It’s sad to think that this lovely city is somehow getting buried under brick and mortar to meet construction demands.

But maybe it’s just not finished yet!

Until next time…hasta luego!

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