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Life along the coast of Ecuador/ Olon

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HansHerm
11/13/2019 11:41 EST

I found a paradise! We have recently moved to the beach, we love it over here...

We are trying to improve our Spanish skills and we found a small , nice and friendly Spanish School in Olon, We totally recommend it.. Outdoor Spanish School near to the church .. outside Jardines de Olon..

They will patiently help you with your skills event if you have none!

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windshadow
11/19/2019 08:25 EST

HansHerm, enjoy it to the fullest! You are in a good place, a fresh attitude, and all the luck in the world to you.

The words from a Door's song popped into my head, " keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel!"

I share your feelings toward the coast.

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DonSinclair
11/19/2019 17:33 EST

HansHerm, your post reminds me of the initial exuberance of Boatmax when I met him at Hotel Bonanza in Quito a few years ago. He was gushing about what a paradise he found in Tonsupa and for a couple years he continued to extoll the life there. Finally, he tried to get various people to follow him there to his paradise with the scam that his location had "a few" places that had not been sold, probably in the hope of selling his own place! The only indication that he gave that it was less than paradise was that his wife was homesick. He left no regrets or indication of taking back any of his excessive praise for Tonsupa. This is a common story and quite a bad thing for new expats. If one is too small to indicate the problems they encountered or that they were wrong about a location and can only blame their spouse it leaves a void in the available information about Ecuador or wherever they have landed. Please tell us in a few weeks, months, years, or whatever period of time it takes you to make a true evaluation of your location. Do your fellow expats the favor of being honest and then maybe you can expect some honest information about your next destination. Thanks for listening and for whatever else you can say.

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kmarch
11/19/2019 21:06 EST

"Please tell us in a few weeks, months, years, or whatever period of time it takes you to make a true evaluation of your location."

If you know what you want in advance, two weeks should be plenty of time to evaulate if a location fits the requirements you are looking for in a new home.

I would suggest a list of check boxes - as many as 40 - to see if your new potential location checks off most of those boxes.

Start with things like access to:
Healthcare,
Nature,
Culture,
Shopping and Mercados,
Restaurants and bars and nightlife,
Cheap plentiful public transportation or do you need a car,
An airport if you plan to travel a lot,
Drinkable water,
High-Speed Internet,
A supportive expat community,
Stuff like that.

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kmoriarty45
11/19/2019 21:59 EST

I've lived in my little patch of paradise for almost 7 years now, and I have ALWAYS cautioned others that Machala might not be their cup of tea. I'm not the Tourist Board of Ecuador nor the Machala Chamber of Commerce - thank God! There's a reason ( actually several ) reasons why Machala is neither an Ecuadoran tourist destination nor an expat Mecca but those are two of the reason I chose to live here.

The main reason I live here, and to me, it's the most important one, is that my wife is a Machalaña and all of our family is here ( aside from some cousins in Ireland and the U.S. I no other living relations ) and I am quite content living here.

We have no plans to go to the States except perhaps for a short visit, since my wife has never been

There are some expats here. The pastor of my wife's church and his wife are from Pennsylvania and have been here for over 20 years but if your looking for an enclave of English speakers than don´t move here.

It really doesn't matter what ANYONE else tells you about a country or a city or a town. In the end it comes down to how you feel about it and how you experience it that decides whether you live there happily or not.

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jpy947
11/20/2019 13:47 EST

I don't post much. Yes I am a Gringo from the United States.
I just am tried of seeing all these comments made about Tonsupa.
I am saying this just because I do live in Tonsupa and like it. I left Manta to move here.
99.9 % of you gringos would not like it here. I would say 99.5% have never sent any amount of time here.
No there is no expat groups if you can not speak Spanish to bad that what is spoken here. I only know 2 people that can speak just a little broke English. Were not Quito or Manta and you need to stay in the bigger cities and not come here.
Thank You very much

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