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Considering the move to Quito with my family

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mikebrunerjr
6/9/2012 22:52 EST

Hi everyone. My wife, son and I are considering moving to Quito. She is from Quito, and Ive been twice.

We are tired of the rat race in the USA and her mom and dad live in Quito also.

Just wanted to say hello to all. Do any of you live in Quito?

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She1234
6/12/2012 13:31 EST

I am not there yet but will be in August.
Noteworthybyshe@gmail.com
Shelia

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ecuadorretirement
6/12/2012 19:32 EST

This is Micheal, I am the American partner of Patrick and Nora Minga who are in Quito. Patrick is American and formerly military and he married Nora an Ecuadorian lady. They are both wonderful people and own and operate several businesses in Quito and are very well connected with the government there.

Patrick wrote the Guide attached and I have included some immigration info which we provide as one of our services.

Since Patrick and Nora are so connected with the government they have found ways to expedite the process by hand delivering documents and moving them to the top.

Patrick and Nora own and operate a wonderful Boutique Hotel in Quito 5 star ratings on TripAdvisor ( www.quitohotelbonanza.com ) and it can include all meals ( Nora wonderful cook ).

I am including Patrick and Nora's number it is an American number but rings in Ecuador Magic Jack.

239-234-4428

I will copy them on the email and I am sure they would love to speak with you or if you like we can call you.

They are probably the best contact to make in Ecuador and can help you in many ways.

I am currently in Florida but will be relocating there soon myself.

Hope this helps, we are here to make your decision and transition smooth.

Micheal

ecuadorretirementnow@yahoo.com for general info and immigration visa paperwork help
ecuadortours@yahoo.com for city or multi city tours and sightseeing
ecuadorromancetours@yahoo.com for marriage in Ecuador
Our websites:

www.internationallivingec.com
www.quitohotelbonanza.com
5 stars on Trip Advisor
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294308-d2290630-Reviews-Quito_Hotel_Bonanza-Quito_Pichincha_Province.html

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mikebrunerjr
6/13/2012 18:57 EST

wow...

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pilotguy
6/13/2012 19:31 EST

It has become obvious that the Mingas have no connections whatsoever, (except maybe Booby) I think his wife even said that she had none. This is becoming a running joke... joe

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OceanHideaway
6/13/2012 21:15 EST

Hi Mike ...welcome to Ecuador Forum experience...

Don't let the messages phase you...we self moderate and a lot of folks have experiences with a lot of different people...some good some not so good.

And everyone posts their feelings as well... just skip through what you don't want to read -- keep in mind that "your mileage may vary" and your experiences may be different too.

As for Quito -- beautiful city but very high altitude. That effects many folks negatively so stay open to try different spots. Also, don't assume anything about a location until you visit. Many folks assume the coast is hot and humid like Florida. It's not and in fact is coming into the cold season. Bring sweaters or be sure to bring money to buy some of the gorgeous alpaca knits available int he mountains.

Keep an open mind, bring plenty of patience and a good sense of humor -- and have a great trip.

Susan
TheOceanHideaway.com

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J3ff
6/14/2012 00:12 EST

I do not know much about the Minga's - but there are a lot of horror stories about dealing with them on the forum I have come across.

For all I know they are great people, and I do not wish to slander them as I have never worked with them.

However, because of the bad reviews, I would suggest just like anything in life, you do your due diligence and find out if thier services are a fit for your needs.

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boatmax
6/14/2012 08:36 EST

Pilotguy; I must assume that you have never met Patrick and Nora Minga; I have. "It has become obvious that the Mingas have no connections whatsoever, (except maybe Booby) I think his wife even said that she had none. This is becoming a running joke... joe"
I have personally sat on their sofa with the Supervisor of Immigration, his wife and baby. I have personally been to Immigration with Nora, and everyone there knew her, even the Guards. Since just a short time ago, they have installed a new computer system, and the workers were not trained. They then moved everyone around, and have added more people. I have no agenda, amd my only purpose is to set the record straight. With all due respect; Max Thompson

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booby
6/14/2012 08:56 EST

This really is getting ridiculous. Patrick Minga himself posted the information that his wife had absolutely no connections in the immigration department. Now, along comes Boatmax contradicting that. How smart to you have to be to figure out that someone is lying? Does it really matter who? I've tried to post this notion before, but of course, it never saw the light of day. When will you question why the moderators won't allow these posts to appear? Who are they protecting? Seems like the answer to that would be the Mingas and their new shill, the guy from Florida that claims to be their new partner.

Personally, I wouldn't go near them with a ten foot pole.

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agoers
6/14/2012 10:27 EST

Susan Ocean Hideaway--you say "Many folks assume the coast is hot and humid like Florida. It's not". I made that assumption. Where, along the coast, is it cool?
Thank you.

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mickisue
6/14/2012 11:14 EST

I'm confused.

There is a new poster, alternately named Ecuadorretirement or Ecuadorromancetours (ICK, ICK. ICK.) who claims that the Mingas have "extensive government contacts" and can expedite residency applications.

But a few weeks ago, Patrick Minga stated that Nora's contacts are no longer.

Which is true?

Given that Patrick has been posting here longer, and Mr. "Take Old Men to Find Young Women" has literally posted nothing that isn't a pitch for his own services (or Patrick and Nora's alleged services), who do we believe?

Admins, could you please check this guy out?

I, for one, would very much appreciate it.

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bigtruck07
6/14/2012 14:24 EST

Susan.Theoceanhideaway I have always enjoyed all your post on this forum. You seem to provide the most informational post with abit of humor. My wife says she wants to go to Salinas just to meet you. My rotty Vader says he wants to meet your fur friends.

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mikebrunerjr
6/14/2012 22:31 EST

I feel like I walked into a mine field here.

Anyhow, my wife is an Ecuadorian citizen and from what I understand I can carry duel citizenship if we decide to move.

I'm 31 so this is not a retirement option for me so in my opinion Quito is the best option to find employment.

Thank you everyone for the feedback. This forum seems fun so I am happy to be a part of it.

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mickisue
6/15/2012 10:59 EST

Mike, this forum is full of good information.

However, many people use it to pitch their services, and it's a challenge to find out if those services are as advertised.

IMHO, if someone here advertises, and there are at least a half dozen other posters who attest to their professionalism, you're probably safe.

Otherwise, I would take the lone "OMG! They are the greatest!" posts to be those of a paid shill.

It's a challenge if you are new.

Since your wife is from EC, I assume that she has relatives who can help you through the immigration process with no strings attached, other than the familial ones.

Good luck to you and your family! It sounds like you are embarking on a wonderful adventure.

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OceanHideaway
6/15/2012 14:56 EST

Anywhere along the coast from Manabi province on south to the dryer Santa Elena province gets cooler during Austral winter -- June through Sep/Nov.

This is due more to the Humboldt current moving closer to sure and the winds across this current as well as more clouds blocking the equatorial sunshine.

Evenings after sun down the temp drops precipitously -- similar to the effect in the desert.

Even during our hot months -- Feb/March, the combination of the ocean breeze and the change after sunset can mitigate the heat.

Keep in mind this occurs right on the coast -- interior areas are much warmer, and Guayaquil can be uncomfortably warm and muggy.

By the way my Florida comparison comes from having lived in South Florida (metro-Dade and Broward) for over 25 years. And 3 major hurricanes. Good news, no hurricanes here1

Susan
TheOceanHideaway.com

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elporcho
6/18/2012 14:22 EST

Hello Michael y Nora, I've a about had it with USA too. I lived in Manta for a year and I regret leaving Ecuador. Planning to return soon to the Quito area and I kept your info for reference. If you would like, please escribame at elporcho@aol.com. Cheers, Terry

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USNseabee
3/8/2014 09:23 EST

Hey Mike,

Sorry about YOUR PARTNER.
Hope you were NOT involved in his little enterprise.

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USNseabee
3/8/2014 09:23 EST

Hey Mike,

Sorry about YOUR PARTNER.
Hope you were NOT involved in his little enterprise.

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