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An Expat Talks about Living in Cuenca, Ecuador

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Cuenca

How long have you lived there?

18 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There are now two expat groups which meet in Cuenca each Friday night at 5 p.m. One is at Zoes and the other at the Ecualyptus. From here you can meet and greet other expats and then extend you network.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

I believe that the people here are warm and accepting. I certainly have not come across any hostilities to expats. They are very eager to be of helping nature.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Cuenca has a lot going for it as far as the arts. There are always free concerts that you can attend in the city. Art festivals, Choirs, Orchestras you name it. This is a very family oriented society and life revolves around the family. My local business colleagues are always spending time with their families on the weekends and we should learn from them. They have a wonderful network of family around them. Religious events are a time for parades, church and other activities.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

This city has a little of everything. The old and the new blend very well indeed. Lots of great restaurants, lots of music the weather is the best, the mountains are breathtaking, the prices for me are just right. I really have everything here I could ever wish for.

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