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By Betsy Burlingame
Many expats in Cuenca, Ecuador love the city's climate, friendly people and low cost of living. Other expats find that this developing city's bland food, dirty streets and noisy neighborhoods are too much to take.
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Funny article, but in appreciation for the venerable authoress' Founding efforts, I must say it was balanced like a see-saw and had a discouraging end. Well Done!;~)
I stayed in Cuenca for about a week and found your well written article to be spot on for accuracy.
In the end I decided to not move to Ecuador as the low level of integrity amongst the populace, border to border trash everywhere and potable water shortage were more than I was willing to endure. In the end, you get what you pay for.
I am currently in beautiful Troutdale Oregon enjoying breakfast at Shari's. Everbody is nice and honest and third world noise pollution is not driving me insane. Most of all what I disliked about Ecuador was the pollution at every level including noise.
Cuenca is a beautiful old city and the best place I visited but I don't miss the stank.
Very good article, Betsy. You wrote about 'the good, the bad, and the ugly!' Just what we expats need when making decisions about a new life or setting. I don't need the sweet talk 100%. I need facts and opinions. Thanks for such good insight on Cuenca. Tell Joshua Wood that this is great article writiing for expats.
Two of the five restaurants you mention as expat meeting places are out of business: California Kitchen and Cafe Eucaliptus.
Thank you for your honesty in writing about Cuenca's "pros and cons". My wife and I will be visiting the Galapagos Islands in early October and will be visiting Cuenca, Quito and Salinas while we are there. We had intentions of moving to Costa Rica, Panama or Ecuador as we ponder retirement, in a few years, but have decided to stay close to our 3 adult children in the U.S. .
I visited Cuenca, recently. I thought that the locals were extremely nice and a great many spoke excellent unaccented English, regardless of age and lack of wealth. ..
Apparently, almost nothing gets imported to Ecuador.I walked through a large shopping mall (Mall de Rio ??} There was nothing to buy. Everything was so UGLY. The only food item that i saw in a large supermarket from the U..S. was Hershy's chocolate syrup..
Sadly, this city is still in the 2oth century.