Expat Advice: Dream vs. Reality of Expat Life in
Church of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador
It's not as warm as I thought it would be in Ecuador, actually it is quite mild on the coast and chilly in the highland towns of Quito and Cuenca. The locals like foreigners and greet them warmly.
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Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
I thought expat life would mean having to cut corners, work online, and settle for less pay in what i do (marketing).
I also thought life in Latin America would be pure salsa music in hot, sweaty cities.
How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
My costs have significantly been lowered, the climate is more stable and the food is more healthy meaning its easier for me to keep the pounds off.
How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
It's not as warm as I thought it would be in Ecuador, actually it is quite mild on the coast and chilly in the highland towns of Quito and Cuenca.
The food is good but there are still just as many temptations for me to eat badly as french fries and hot dogs are sold on every corner in Ecuador, as well as sweets.
The costs are lower but consumer goods like tech stuff are much more pricey.
You don't need a car ... if you live in the cities... in the countryside it is more difficult to go without one.
The people are in fact NOT as xenophobic as I expected, they like foreigners and greet them warmly.
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