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Woody’s trip to the mechanic (February 21)

By February 23, 2017 Car Diary

February 21, 2017

As of Monday, Dad had to return to the States for some work. So three girls are left to take care of the car, which we know is high maintenance.

Dad left some instructions: “Make sure to check to the fluids (oil, power steering fluid, etc)”, “Don’t forget to fill it with gas regularly since the gas gauge is broken”, “Be careful about driving it here”, “Check the tires air pressure”, “Keep the radiator filled with water”, etc.

As you can see, there is much to do to keep our car running in good shape. So, after 14 hours of dad being gone, we heard from the car an already existing noise worsen, and of course, ran it to our mechanic, Roberto, to be safe. The mechanic got to work on the drive-shaft and replaced the u-joint bearings.

After all this, we took a drive around the block, but the noise was still there. After telling him that we were very concerned about the noise, he continued to work on finding what it was. He had one of his workers get under the car while he got in the driver’s seat. The worker would yell out “adelante” and Roberto would drive forward as the worker scooted up the asphalt on his back under the car. Then he would yell “atras” and Roberto would drive backward and the worker would scoot on his back. What a way to fix a car! My mom stared at it, stunned, and so, she forgot that this would make a great video.

Now, a day later, the car is still at the mechanics being worked on. We hope we get it back soon!

Written by Ashley

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When we decided to move to Ecuador we needed to make a choice between the mountains or the coast. “Why?” you may ask. It was a fresh start in every aspect, including our surroundings.

Our family is from a mountainous region in California, and I have to say, I love the mountains. In our move however, we were going for different. For us different meant heading to the coast. So, now we are settled into Manta, Ecuador.

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Are you considering moving to another country? Seven years ago we considered the same thing, and two years later we made the big move. There are a lot of pro’s and con’s to every big decision you make; the following are a few that I can think of regarding making the move.
THE PRO’S
1. Your financial Situation
You may have retired and will be living on a pension. In some countries your pension will go a lot farther so this could be a huge motivating factor for you. In Ecuador, this is the case. Things like food and housing can be significantly cheaper. Those of you who can only afford a small house in a mid-west state can afford to live in a beach front condo in Ecuador. Or you may move for a new business opportunity. There can be many great opportunities if you have the time and business know how. Read More

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We planned on buying a car as soon as we arrived, but because of circumstances beyond our control, it took longer than planned. This gave us an opportunity to experience public transportation. Thus, I can bring you this blog post.

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By February 7, 2017 Our Story, Uncategorized

It’s has been 10 days since we started our blog. We have always wanted to start a blog but it has taken us 5 years to do it. And we are very happy that we have. Buckle up because we have many more posts to write.

Coming up we have places to visit in Ecuador, places to go in Europe, more of our adventures from the last 5 years, and interviews with people who have also moved to Ecuador. So stay tuned. 🙂

Now you can follow our blog on Bloglovin by clicking HERE

 

Thank you to our readers for all your support.

 

 

 

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RESEARCH THE COUNTRY

Before you invest time, money and energy into moving somewhere so far away from home it is important to learn as much as you can about the place you are going. Some of the things you should learn about include:

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