I am enjoying my second anniversary year in Cuenca and Ecuador as of this week. I absolutely love this city, the people, and their culture; and with each passing day the Cuencano culture becomes more and more my culture. I have never been more happy in my life, and retirement for me in Cuenca has been an endless time of excitement, as well as an adventurous time of making new friends and acquaintances far to numerous to count. Needless to say, as I begin my third year in Cuenca I anticipate each new day of surprises and wonderment.
Probably because of my extensive academic background in history, geography, world cultures, philosophy, world religions, and my extensive world travels in Eastern and South Asia; moving to Cuenca was relatively easy for me. Both my expat friends and Ecuadorian friends helped immensely in smoothing my way toward settlement as well. I have always felt at home in Cuenca, and my love affair with this city and its people continues to grow with each passing day.
However, by the same token, Cuenca or for that matter living in a foreign country is not going to be the right move for everybody, and many people can be disappointed when they make a "permanent" move for which they were not fully prepared, or for which they are ill-fitted. I am not going to recreate the wheel. Recently, there have been two excellent articles which have been posted and deal with the very significant pitfalls one needs to consider very seriously before uprooting oneself and making a major life changing move to another country and foreign culture. If you are giving any thought to moving to a foreign culture and specifically to Cuenca or some other part of Ecuador, I would strongly encourage you to read both articles linked below:
What Aren’t You Being Told About Moving to Ecuador? – Part I (by Dr. Lee Dubs)
February 13, 2013 by posterdog
What Aren’t You Being Told About Moving to Ecuador? – Part II (by Dr. Lee Dubs)
February 15, 2013 by poster