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An Expat Talks about Living in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

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

Bahia de Caraquez

Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.

I am a realist and knew things would be difficult getting used to a whole new culture. But reality check - it is a whole lot HARDER than I ever thought. Mostly that it takes FOREVER to get anything done. Now I knew it took FOREVER before, but somehow forever goes into eternity once you live here. And not knowing the language like I thought I did (at least poco) kind of threw me for a loop. When they say you should know a little, you REALLY SHOULD KNOW A LITTLE! And I can only speak for the town I live in, but the electricity outages are rampant at least 3 times a week anywhere from minutes to HOURS. I was not prepared for THAT although I did know the electricity goes out from time to time?? Time to time? Really???? How about all the time?

How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Still working at that question. Not having a significant other and retirement age, makes it much more difficult as it is hard enough on your own, but in a foreign country is is doublefold. I think I could safely say, if I were in a bigger town, yes it would, but my circumstances moving to Ecuador are quite different than most others.

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How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Answered that question above. Jury is still out on that.

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adminee
Feb 9, 2012 22:30

Please explain.

adminee
Feb 9, 2012 22:30

Please explain.

guest
Jan 8, 2013 11:16

I am a single woman looking into moving to Equador. I wonder about the comment about racism. I would hate to live where the locals did not like me. Is it a reginal thing?

guest
Mar 29, 2013 22:49

I am planning to land in Canoa, and I will go on to Vilcabamba. No telling where my travels will lead. This comment about racism is very disturbing to me. If someone could please comment on that, I and it appears others would be grateful! Could you please expand on how exactly racism has manifested itself in your experience? And if your experience allows, can you tell if this is true for the entire country?

guest
Mar 29, 2013 22:49

I am planning to land in Canoa, and I will go on to Vilcabamba. No telling where my travels will lead. This comment about racism is very disturbing to me. If someone could please comment on that, I and it appears others would be grateful! Could you please expand on how exactly racism has manifested itself in your experience? And if your experience allows, can you tell if this is true for the entire country?

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