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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 thought I would be hanging out on the beach, surfing and scuba diving all the time. I thought I would be living out in the country, growing all of my own food and raising chickens.

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

I learned very quickly that it was dangerous for a single woman to live by herself out in the country. Instead, I chose to live in an apartment on an upper floor in a small town, Bahia de Caraquez. I am able to buy excellent fruits and vegetables, chicken, eggs and everything I need at very reasonable prices in the beautiful market every day. I am able to walk everywhere I need to go in this town, which has everything I need, so I don't need a car. When I go to other cities I am able to take a taxi for a few dollars. The people are warm and friendly and I have made many new Ecuadorian friends. I avoid most ex-pats because all they seem to do is gossip about each other.

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

I was disappointed that I could not live out in the country like I dreamed about, but I am very happy in this small town. I am disappointed that the ex-pats here gossip so much. This city is also very noisy during the holidays.

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