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A day of living in Ecuador

By March 22, 2017 Living Abroad, Our Story

Living in Ecuador is an adventure every day. This is one of the days that we have recently had:

9:30 AM

I woke up on my day off with a swollen eye. The day before, the landlady had told us that our water tank is broken, so we had to turn the pump on when we needed water and turn it off when we were done.

12 AM

We ate  “brunch”.

1 PM – 2:30 PM

I worked online.

2:45 PM

Mom and I went to the grocery store. A lot of the people we know were shopping at the same time. One friend wasn’t given the correct change at the register. To ensure that she was telling the truth, the manager reviewed both the register and camera footage before they gave her the change they owed, one whole dollar.

4:05 PM

We finally made it home from the store only to discover that our house had no power and no water.

 5:00 PM

Our neighbor started fixing our water tank, and the power came back on.

5:01 PM

The power went off again.

 6:00 PM

We made dinner with no electricity and no water.

 6:20 PM

We discussed which movie to watch on the laptops with remaining battery power (thank goodness for DVD’s and the movies we have downloaded).

 6:30 PM

The power came back on again.

 6:31 PM

The power turned back off.

 6:50 PM

Our neighbor told us that we won’t have water for the night because they need a missing piece to fix the water tank.

 7:00 PM

The power turned back on, and we started watching a movie.

 9:00 PM

The movie ended, and so we started bringing in buckets of water.

 9:30 PM

We washed dishes with buckets of water.

 10:00 PM

I took a sponge bath.

 11:00 PM

And finally, I went to bed.

 

As you can see you need to be prepared for anything and learn to laugh instead of cry. This is just part of the adventure of living in a developing country. You might even find that moving back to your home country is boring after living abroad.

 

Written by Ashley

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By March 3, 2017 Our Story

The coast of Ecuador has the privilege of seeing the grandiose humpback whales as they follow their course of migration. My family and I have been whale watching almost every year of our residence in Ecuador, and every time we are stunned by their beauty. Humpback whales are 52 feet long (16 meters) and weigh 50 tons. Yet, they move with ease in the water. The reasons for  breaching, singing songs, and lob-tailing (slapping the water with their tail) is still unknown to man. What we do know, is that watching these creatures never ceases to amaze. Read More

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By February 26, 2017 Our Story

A few days ago was national tile day! Which I only recently learned of its existence. I thought it was appropriate to write an article since my dad has been a tile-setter for more than 30 years, and we go to the States each year to do tile to save up for living in Ecuador. Now that our family has helped my dad with setting tile, I have seen how difficult and intricate it is as a profession. Read More

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By February 22, 2017 Living Abroad, Travel

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.

While living here, we have had the opportunity to travel up and down the coast. I’m going to introduce you to the beautiful coastline of Ecuador.

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By February 13, 2017 Food, Living Abroad

Previously, I mentioned the opportunity to experience new cuisine when one moves out of country. Prior to moving I was a little nervous about this. I am a little picky about what I eat. My girls say I have meat issues. I would probably be a vegetarian if meat didn’t taste so good, but wouldn’t we all? Then, there is my husband who feels like a meal isn’t a meal without meat. On top of that, I don’t eat fish. I just don’t like it. Never-the-less, we have moved to the coast. These concerns were put aside, and I moved with an open mind ready to try new foods, even fish. Read More

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By February 9, 2017 Living Abroad
Our first year and a half here, in Ecuador, we lived without a car.  Many move down here and plan on living without a car, relying on the public transportation. Our plan was a bit different.
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

As the cool evenings of winter (if you can call it winter when the coldest it gets is 68 degrees Fahrenheit) slip away you know you have entered into the hot season. This is the current season here, in Ecuador.
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By February 1, 2017 Car Diary, Our Story

They say Toyotas never die. And I believe it’s true. Our 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser hasn’t died on us yet.

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By January 30, 2017 Living Abroad, Our Story

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We were told that the party would be at 7:00, so my girls and I decided that we would wait until 8:00 to go to the party. This is harder than it seems, even for me. I anxiously watched the clock as the time passed by. Finally, the hour passed and we headed to the party. Once there, we were ushered upstairs into the house, which seemed odd since the party was downstairs. Read More

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