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pandabear131
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7/2/2013 17:26    
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Are there groups of expates to correspond with to make the transition easier and to have friends before arriving.

withoutego
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7/2/2013 19:01    
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I will talk to you. I live in Cuenca and Maine. Right now I am in Maine.

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7/2/2013 20:44    
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I don't know about any groups but I would be happy to answer any questions that I can. I too am a single American woman and I have been in Ecuador for one year. I am in the Salinas area. Where are you planning of moving too? Feel free to contact me on my email nancy@clevengerinc.com

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7/2/2013 22:07    
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Yes. In Manta, EC, we have mantaexpatsonline.com
We would love to meet you!
Diane

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7/3/2013 09:38    
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Are you a single woman or a guy LOOKING FOR single women?

just askin'

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7/3/2013 11:59    
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Rod,

Who are you asking? NancyC claims to be a woman, single, and I am willing to believe her, until other evidence is presented.

I am a man and single although my cedula says divorced...because in Ecuador once married you can never be single again, your flower having been plucked, I guess.

sin esposa o mascota

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7/3/2013 12:02    
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Rod,

Sorry, I didn't read deeply enough... Nancy got all my attention.

You mean the thread starter

sin ego

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7/4/2013 11:57    
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Have been in Ecuador for two months. More than happy to respond to your transition queries, if I happen to have experienced them.

Renting in Guayaquil Hilton complex for 6. Months trying to get a feel for this city and Salinas.

Cheers

Gloria

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7/4/2013 17:20    
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would love to hear about your experiences since living in ecuador. better i hear from someone fresh like you than others that have lived there for a long time. Love to hear about your take on living in ecuador , the good as well as the bad. care to share.

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7/14/2013 12:17    
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"...before arriving..." where? There's a HUGE community of single-by-choice ex-pat women in Cuenca...

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7/14/2013 13:28    
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Where are you thinking of settling...have you made that decision yet? I've lived in Cuenca for a year-and-a-half, would be pleased to answer any of your exploratory questions.

My BEST advice...come for an exploratory trip before you move permanently.

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7/14/2013 14:32    
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DeborahM This is great information. Can you please get me in contact with this group? I would love to correspond.

DeborahM
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7/15/2013 20:27    
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Thomaar, we're not a group that corresponds electronically in any organized way. Rather, we socialize together frequently here in Cuenca. There's a regular "Wednesday lunch" group, a regular "crafters' group" that meets at Fabiano's every Friday afternoon for several hours, a fairly regular group that meets for brunch every Sunday...and so on and so on and so on...it's a WONDERFUL social life!! ;)

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7/27/2013 22:11    
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DeborahM,

Just read your post about single women in Cuenca. I have a few questions, if you don't mind.
I have been considering a couple of different places in Ecuador as a possible new home, Cuenca being one of them, but have read several accounts of it not being safe in Cuenca or Quito for single women to walk about alone even during the day. I will be needing to walk most places, and take public transit for longer distances. What has your experience been?

Thanks for any insight you can offer.

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7/29/2013 10:57    
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Cuenca is the most dangerous city I have lived in while in South America. It is also the safest city I have lived in while in South America. LOL

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7/29/2013 15:04    
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We generally walk freely in our section of Cuenca. Like most cities, there are areas that are best avoided if you are alone. It is fairly easy to find a bus or to get a cab ($2-4.00 right now) if going into an area you prefer not to walk in. I walk a few blocks frequently - which is all I need to get from home to the bus or store or market, but generally do so in an "alert" mode - keeping an eye on what is going on around me here in Cuenca. In the center of town, the police are very obvious - thus reducing problems. It is suggested that you not carry your money around conspicuously and common sense dictates that rings and jewelry are safer at home. For some reason, the few times we have visited Quito, I have felt no desire to go out walking. Could it be because we have arrived after midnight? Probably.

Karen
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7/30/2013 09:35    
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what? could you expand on what you mean. dangerous, safest, i don't get it.

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7/30/2013 09:55    
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based on what you are saying, ecuador has a long way to go before it could be considered a safe place to live, but then the same could be said of new your city or any other metropolitan area. the problem with ecuador though is that as an expat you are considered rich and the few police that are around don't see you as a victim but someone that can afford to lose what you have. sad but true.

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7/30/2013 11:15    
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Please define "safe". Are we talking about only pickpockets or actual muggings? Are Drugs a problem? THANKS

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7/30/2013 13:08    
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We found both Cuenca and Manta to be as safe as any similar sized city in the USA when we were there in late 2011. Pick pockets are mostly out during big parades and the like. More that you would see in USA. We are going back for six months at the end of November. Both my wife and I are retired now and we are looking at Manta for our retirement site. We will find out by next May if it is for us. We may look at Cuenca also but my wife and I liked the ocean. Cuenca is a little less expensive to live in.

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7/30/2013 13:23    
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For the most part if you are sensible you will not have any problems concerning safety as a man or woman. As with any city in the world there are areas that you should avoid both day and night, areas you should avoid during the night time hours and areas that are generally safe most times. Until you know where these areas are you should plan to stay away from walking anywhere after dark by yourself. As soon as you can you should seek local knowledge about areas to avoid entirely. As always you need to remember not to make yourself a target i.e. - don't wear flashy jewelry, expensive watches or flashy clothing. Remain sober and alert, refrain from taking your most expensive camera with you unless you are with others who will stay with you, Same holds true with expensive cell phones, Ipads and so forth. They all call attention to you as someone that has great stuff to steal. If you want to carry something that will help you if you find yourself in potential trouble carry a emergency boat whistle with you and have it on your wrist or in your pocket where you can easily reach it. These are medium sized plastic whistles that produce over 110 decibels. these are required safety items are all small boats and can be heard for miles. You can find them in any boat supply outlet for a few dollars. They will alert anyone near you that you are in trouble and hopefully scare away the bad guy(s). Most other devices such as stun guns and sprays may be taken away and used against you. And may be difficult to use quickly.

I offer this advice to anyone coming to Cuenca or Ecuador or Dallas, or the US. Cuenca is not any more dangerous than any city of similar size in the US or Canada or Europe. But if you were to travel to Paris or Dallas or Memphis and did not follow the advice above you would be just a vulnerable to being robbed or assaulted.
The only difference is that there are far fewer bad guys with guns here in Cuenca. The good news here is that most of the thieves here will pick your pocket, steal your backpack or from your purse or backpack or snatch the camera or cell phone or ipad you just took out of your bag and run like the wind. They will not hit you with a hammer or shoot you or shove a knife in you and then take your goods.

I have lived in Cuenca for 2 1/2 years and know many folks here and with one exception, no one has been robbed with any violence (he got a black eye). 2 folks I know have had items stolen from their bags and several have had near misses at losing items but they or someone nearby kept the thief from grabbing the item of interest.

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7/30/2013 13:48    
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great advice Lionel. I just downloaded onto my new kindle a book by someone who has lived in Ecuador over 30 years, and the first 50% of his book is so down on Ecuador and the people, it seems no-one is honest, everyone is violent and I got the impression the guy just wanted those of us moving there to stay the hell away. it was really negative. I hope the rest of the read is more positive. We leave for Ecuador Aug 14 arriving in Cuenca to meet with our newly chosen agent/Visa Contractor Aug 15. I believe you are absolutely right, Take a walk in the motor city or any big city in the world and go where you shouldn't, sure you are making yourself a target. As someone who has travelled all over the world, I know how to minimize my exposure to those would be villains.....Don't dress like a king, and definitely don't look as if you are rolling in Diamonds and Gold (not that we are). Big watch, jewelry and all that stuff left in Safety deposit box in Canada :-). We cannot wait to get there

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7/30/2013 14:22    
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Ken,

Hope you and your wife have a great trip. It is a beautiful Country and Cuenca is a beautiful city. I love living here.
Give us a shout if we can be of help.

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7/30/2013 14:54    
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Thanks Lionel

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