hi. i am seriously thinking of jumping off a cliff; in other words, i going to take a vacation in ecuador with the intent of moving and living there. why the cliff analogy, you ask?? well, i'm 80 (strong, fit, with no health issues (a little excess pee sometimes); however, at this age, the line between healthy and fit is quite narrow; a mis-step, a balance issue. i've been married for 40 years, legally separated and we no longer get along, so…. here i come?? my fear is being a stranger in a strange land, getting robbed, scamed, injured and destitute in ecuador. now do i really believe this to be a high probability?? no, BUT…. so i advance with trepedation (spell check?) and uncertainty. anybody want to be a travel companion?
jumping off a cliff
October 4, 2021
October 5, 2021
That is amazing hope you have fun over there
October 6, 2021
Sounds like quite the adventure. Have lived in quite a few countries and have enjoyed those adventures tremendously. Now live on Vancouver Island in a lovely valley, but do miss living in New places. You don't say where you are from, but I assume it will be fairly different culturally.
Wish you the best of luck and good adventuring. Keep us posted
October 12, 2021
I have been in Ecuador for about 1 month now. I too went ahead and did the jump. Sold everything I owned and just made the move. So far I absolutely love it. I have never been concerned for my safety one time. I stayed in Quito for about a week. Nice city but to big for me. Currently in Cuenca. Staying at the Pegasus Hotel and its nice, clean safe and the owner speaks Ingles and is super nice. The location is very safe, even at night.
The streets can be very uneven and you will really need to be mindful of walking. Also most of the sidewalks are tiled and can be very slippery when wet. I suggest shoes with a very soft rubber outer sole for better grip on them.
I am here another 2 weeks then off to travel the rest of South America for several months. I will be coming back to Cuenca after and if you make it here we can have a coffee.
October 12, 2021
a plethora of THANKS to all who have replied and those who might reply some day. th p word in the preceeding sentence is a mark of senility, post it notes on the brain, a wanna be intellectual, an outright fraud whatever. perhaps. i live in a nice house in a nice community, lonely in a desert (desert hot springs, ca) where115 degrees is not unusual. i hide out in the ac. of course when it's cold, i also complain. there' 2 components to moving to ecuador, physical/ financial (ok) and emotional (not ok). i'm guesssing the 30 day vaca will cost in the neighborgood of $3000. this is basically a recon mission to determine my goodness of fit into the ecuadorian culture free of nightmares. rsvp. may all the ancient gods bless us all
October 12, 2021
Sounds like fun and a wise choice to spend time there before you do jump off the cliff permanently. We immigrated to Canada 13 years ago, but lived in South East Asia for 15 years. Have watched many immigrants including my own family and friends. Euphoria, excitement, something new and as humans the grass is always greener…. Then reality sets in and one has to get used to all sorts of challenges, realities and aggrevations. So I think you are wise to spend time there, immerse yourself and then see if you want to jump.
Have fun, enjoy the different foods, I miss that more than anything from South East Asia and South Africa I miss the bush and wildlife