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  • Vino & Van Gogh: The Perfect Combination Of Wine & Art
    First things first: I am not what you would consider a creative person.  In fact, I’d rate myself somewhere on the scale between cave drawings and stick […]

  • April 17 officially marked the “World Malbec Day” or “Malbec World Day”, a global initiative that positions the Argentinean Malbec around the world and celebrates the trajectory of the wine industry.

    Malbec […]

  • The Baby Boy turned 5 years old in October and I turned 50 in June.  We come from different worlds. We speak different languages.
    How We Met
    My husband, Randy and I first met this youngster when he was […]

    • This is SUCH an important lesson for us to learn!! I am afraid I’m guilty of doing this “stuff” thing, but with older young people! It’s a mistake and it’s done harm to both them and me! Any idea how to “undo” such a mistake of being so material….and because you can afford to do something, disregarding the consequences to everyone evolved!?

  • After living abroad for 5 years, I know what its like to feel a little lost when trying to get into the “holiday spirit”  in a brand new city with new customs and traditions. I created this list to takes the gue […]

  • Miss out on the silent auction at Hearts of Gold’s Grinchmas Gala? Thanks to the generous outpouring from the community, we received an incredible amount of auction items this year, and decided to do a online auction so everyone can join in on the fun!

    There are some great deals with most items being 50% off the retail value- some items have no…[Read more]

  • Miss out on the silent auction at the Grinchmas Gala? Thanks to the generous outpouring from the community, we received an incredible amount of auction items this year, and decided to do a online auction so everyone can join in on the fun! Start bidding today!
    http://www.32auctions.com/HeartsofGoldGrinchmas

  • Whether you’re about to move, or are a seasoned expat, I have put together a list of hints & tips that I feel offer useful suggestions about making the most of your new life abroad. This list was created afte […]

  • When researching how to retire and move into Ecuador, there was a central theme described in all of the literature and websites I reviewed – that the people of Ecuador are known for being kind, generous, a […]

    • I enjoyed this very much, Bartley. Wonderful photos along with a compassionate story of expat life and travel.
      In late 2017 Belinda and I waited in Panama City airport both going to Newark, NJ, and returning to Guayaquil. Crowded and humid boarding area both times caused no problem or complaints with our fellow travelers. On going construction at Panama’s terminal had created this tight, confined space with no access to refreshments.

  • An Idea Was Planted
    In retrospect the journey “HERE” really began in 2010 when a friend from church, Bill, mentioned that he was thinking about traveling to another country and possibly buying a home. We wer […]

    • Happy to comment. Another economic refuge who hates his home country. Hard to read and take. He has gone to Cuenca for what I consider the wrong reasons. He did not come for love of Cuenca, new adventure, experiences, family, or otherwise. No country is perfect including Ecuador.

    • Comparing this to Pilgrims, Jews, is comical at best. How do you arrive at 65 with nothing but social security, and then, as another poster suggested, you take it when you openly admit you hate your home country. Please.

    • That is fine, but when expats trash the US I get angry, and to take SS adds insult to injury. How bad was living in the US, were you persecuted, live with crive, did you get an education, have a job, family ?? You obviously accumulated enough to have the freedom to move, look around you, a lot of Ecuadorians will never have that. When people trash the US I will defend, it is not perfect, but then neither is EC, or any other country for that matter.

      • First of all, if Edy had left out the list of the so called bad things about the US, I would probably not have bothered to comment at all. Whether they are true or not makes o difference to me, we could come up with bad things about Ecuador too, we could start with free speech, or lack thereof,,,,, but I will not go there, I like both EC and the US. I knew my post would be unpopular, but I do not care one bit, I think that both countries have issues and we should count our blessing either way.

        I am not defending the bad policies that are in the US, such as bombing in the middle east there Carlos. But I will defend my home country which is a diverse mix of people and do not forget people from around the world come there to live a dream, and that includes Ecuadorians too, some of whom have or are returning with pretty fat wallets, thanks to the opportunity in the US.

    • Deplorable compared to what ? Nobody forced people to go to the US to make a living. People move and send money back to the home country all the time. It is called making a sacrifice short term for the long term benefit.

      The level of crime you experienced was pretty much nothing. Your choice of career was yours alone. It is hard to empathize with teachers who work 9 months a year on average.

      So with all due respect, not sure what your point is. But I will tell you, breaking a long post into paragraphs makes it much easier to read. Simply use control return to do so. Good luck in EC, I too love both, and although I might be critical of certain things, I would never trash it like the author did.

    • Thanks Michelle !!!!

    • Ed, first thank you for sharing your life openly and candidly with us as you did.
      As for the preposterous comments Bill made and to which I feel revulsion, they have elicited the perfect solution:
      All emigration requests to Ecuador should be pre-approved by that “Pundit”.
      We all have our reasons for coming to Ecuador, no matter what! That is our own business and no one else. Who is so mighty to judge another’s decision or state of affairs?
      Please, grow up, learn tolerance and harmony, most of us at this age (assuming you are retired) have long-learned to do it.
      As for me, I will shrug-off this morning reading and enjoy my wonderful retirement time in Cuenca.
      Carpe diem!

    • yup, agree, but if you read the thread, I have been thrashed for having a different opinion than most. This is a discussion board where I would think different opinions would be debated, not personal attacks. I happen to agree with you on what you say.

    • This is not directed at Ed, but a general comment. If is fair to say many people simply took on too much dept, particularly for housing during that period of time, but then blamed the banks for lending them the money,,,, really ? Where is self discipline ?

      It is also fair to say that many Americans clearly live beyond their means rather than below their means, and treat themselves to things and a lifestyle they really cannot afford. Thus, the do not save, and then to blame the US for this misfortune is crazy.

      Sure, I have no problem where someone chooses to live, including Ecuador, my beef is blaming the US for the things that are wrong in their own lives. As most of us know, many many people see the US as opportunity and want to live there, yet cannot live there for various reasons.

      By the way, this is a discussion forum, and although most people seem to disagree with me here, I think that discussion should be 2 ways. Can we agree on that ?

    • I will accept the word hate was too strong, but strong dislike is not. Please do not assume I am retired or anything about me without asking. As for your wife I am sorry to hear of your loss and happy of your new find. Beyond that, as I stated, my main beef is the dislike of the US. Things happen, shit happens, I get that. But blaming the US does not cut it for me

    • Bill Easley, There is no question the US is less than perfect. So is Canada (health care), Ecuador (freedom of speech, economy), I could go on. I do love Cuenca, but I love the US for all it offers too. I like Canada too. But none are perfect, and I am not defending the bad things that happen in the US, only that it is still one of the best countries in the world. What scares me a little is your statement that you want to go back to the way it was years ago. So does Trump. I want to move forward not backward

    • By no means am I defending the stupid things that the US has done. lets get that clear right off the bat. I hated those wars, but they do not define the US in and of themselves. Frankly this has been an interesting discussion, but I am tiring of it now, and in the minority anyway, no need to argue anymore, someone implied I was retired and I do not have the energy to go back to the long thread and find out who. For me time to move on.

    • No one mentioned the U.S. Has the largest incarceration of people, in the WORLD! The Prison Capital of the world! Also one of very few countries with death penalty! Another nice stat to add!

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 4 months ago

    Hearts of Gold would like to extend a HUGE thank-you to everyone who was a part of our July 1st event: A Midsummer Night Private Dinner & Public Fair.

    It’s thanks to hardworking volunteers and staff, and through the participation of the community and local vendors, that events like this are possible. Our community cares deeply for not only C…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago


    On Friday July 1st Hearts of Gold presents A Midsummer Night in Cuenca from 5-10 pm at Quinta Berenice ( Av. Primero de Mayo y Gaspar de Carvajal) in support of their continued earthquake relief efforts.

    This years summer fundraiser is just $30 and includes a seated dinner and complimentary beverage plus an evening of enchanting Midsummer…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago

    On Friday July 1st Hearts of Gold presents A Midsummer Night in Cuenca from 5-10 pm at Quinta Berenice ( Av. Primero de Mayo y Gaspar de Carvajal) in support of their continued earthquake relief efforts.

    This years summer fundraiser is just $30 and includes a seated dinner and complimentary beverage plus an evening of enchanting Midsummer…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago

    On Friday July 1st Hearts of Gold presents A Midsummer Night in Cuenca from 5-10 pm at Quinta Berenice ( Av. Primero de Mayo y Gaspar de Carvajal) in support of their continued earthquake relief efforts.

    This years summer fundraiser is just $30 and includes a seated dinner and complimentary beverage plus an evening of enchanting Midsummer…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago

    On Friday July 1st Hearts of Gold presents A Midsummer Night in Cuenca from 5-10 pm at Quinta Berenice ( Av. Primero de Mayo y Gaspar de Carvajal) in support of their continued earthquake relief efforts.

    This years summer fundraiser is just $30 and includes a seated dinner and complimentary beverage plus an evening of enchanting Midsummer…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago

    Midsummer night
    Join Hearts of Gold on July 1st at Quinta Bernaice in bringing dreams of hope to the earthquake torn coast.

    For just $30 you can be part of “A Midsummer’s Night” and partake in a moonlight stroll through a fascinating night market, enjoy a seated dinner and an evening of entertainment including a exclusive magic show while sipping on a com…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago

    midsummer
    Join Hearts of Gold on July 1st at Quinta Bernaice in bringing dreams of hope to the earthquake torn coast.

    For just $30 you can be part of “A Midsummer’s Night” and partake in a moonlight stroll through a fascinating night market, enjoy a seated dinner and an evening of entertainment including a exclusive magic show while sipping on a com…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago


    Join Hearts of Gold on July 1st at Quinta Bernaice in bringing dreams of hope to the earthquake torn coast.

    For just $30 you can be part of “A Midsummer’s Night” and partake in a moonlight stroll through a fascinating night market, enjoy a seated dinner and an evening of entertainment including a exclusive magic show while sipping on a com…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago


    Join Hearts of Gold on July 1st at Quinta Bernaice in bringing dreams of hope to the earthquake torn coast.

    For just $30 you can be part of “A Midsummer’s Night” and partake in a moonlight stroll through a fascinating night market, enjoy a seated dinner and an evening of entertainment including a exclusive magic show while sipping on a com…[Read more]

  • Natasha Verkley started the topic in the forum 5 years, 5 months ago


    Join Hearts of Gold on July 1st at Quinta Bernaice in bringing dreams of hope to the earthquake torn coast.

    For just $30 you can be part of “A Midsummer’s Night” and partake in a moonlight stroll through a fascinating night market, enjoy a seated dinner and an evening of entertainment including a exclusive magic show while sipping on a com…[Read more]

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