An Expat Talks about Moving to
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
I wish I had brought digital camera, laptop and more books...I wish I had left home medicines (widely available and cheaper in Ecuador), basics like towel, socks, etc (also easily available), furniture (very beautiful pieces avialable locally)
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Come visit first, stay in a travelers hostel if you want to meet people, doesn't matter your age...see where you want to live, then check the local paper to find rental listings...
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
I live in an apartment near the airport, nice.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
I am a city guy, and Quito is as cosmopolitan as it gets in Ecuador.
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
Much lower. I bought an apartment for under $30k and I have rented another for just $150 a month.
An Expat Talks about Moving to Cuenca, Ecuador
An American woman talks about the ups and downs of moving to Cuenca. She had limited Spanish when she arrived, but a local woman helped her in the apartment search and she found the perfect place in a lovely Spanish-speaking neighborhood. Her apartment is 3-4 times less expensive than in the US.
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