My First Blog Post

I can’t believe we are in the home stretch! As I write this in December of 2019, we have less than three weeks before we fly away to Ecuador. Bruce and I have been planning this for three or four years, researching best places to retire and narrowing it down to the city of Cuenca in the Andes mountains of Ecuador. We visited the country last January and February, spending time along the coast in Olon and Puerto Lopez, then traveling to the beautiful city of Cuenca. It sits at eight thousand, three hundred feet and has four mountain rivers that run through it.

A city of six hundred thousand that incorporates both old and new architecture,
Cuenca is a World Heritage site.
You can walk or ride your bike along miles of paved pathways.
This is the Tomebamba River
Laundry Day!
There are lots of these markets throughout the city where produce is fresh, inexpensive and grown locally.
Another part of the market.
HOW do they do that?!
The old Vegetable Bar, now relocated. One of many, many restaurants to choose from in the city, with a range of prices, but always way less than in the U.S.
A view of the city at night from the top of a flight of stairs connecting old town (El Centro) with the rest of the city.

These photos were taken during our visit almost a year ago and we can’t wait to go back! We have secured a two bedroom, two bath condo that is fully furnished for the month of January. We will fly into the port city of Guayaquil on January eighth, stay the night at the Holiday Inn near the airport, and have a van pick us up at the hotel the next morning for the ride to Cuenca and our new life.

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