2012 Cuenca Perspectives Collage

2012 Cuenca Perspectives Collage


My mission in publishing this blog is first to provide a living history of my settlement and life in Cuenca, and to provide myself and the reader with a journal account delineating my reasons for why I have chosen to settle in Cuenca. Second, the posts are my way of staying in contact with family and friends back in the states, and to provide them with an understanding of a country and culture that most North Americans have little knowledge and awareness. Third, the blog is open to one and all who wish to compare and contrast the experiences of expat bloggers living in Cuenca, so that you can determine whether or not from your perspective Cuenca is an appropriate move for you. Fourth, my blog provides another example of how expats view and interpret life in Cuenca. Ecuadorians and Cuencanos who may read this blog are especially invited to post comments that may enhance all expats understanding and appreciation of Cuneca and its people, or to correct any misinterpretations in my assumptions and perceptions of Cuencano culture. Finally, I hope I can convey the feeling of love and appreciation that grows within me each passing day for this heavenly city nestled in the Andes and its very special people.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Recently, I received a video from a gentleman, Mike Harrison, who has been an avid reader of my blog.  I receive many compliments usually by email about the quality of my writing, and the information packed in the posts that have proved helpful for many readers who consider visiting or making a move to Cuenca.  However, no one has ever paid me as high a compliment as Mike.  Mike was so impressed with my photography and how I generally format it in a way that tells a story, that he made a video using my photos.  The video is of my Palermo photos and is of such a high quality, that as I emailed to him, "The Palermo owners should be paying you for your highly professional presentation."

Mike, his wife, Sharon, and his son, Nolan will be moving to Cuenca in July of next year.  Mike's professional background has been in Web Page design and professional photography.  No doubt the Harrisons will be a welcome addition to the gringo community in Cuenca.  Mike's video effort, which was a complete surprise to me and the first time we had contact with one another, really is appreciated by me after all the frustrating hours I have posting photos and figuring out all the different photo programs I have endured.  It makes what so often times feels like a humongous loss of hours worth the effort. Thanks, Mike, and Haste Luego.