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We begin our SEVENTH YEAR in Ecuador with smiles on our faces!!!

Today, we are celebrating six years living in Ecuador, and loving every minute or it!

Once we decided to leave the US, we were both 100 percent committed to moving to Ecuador, even though we had never been to South America before.

We packed our bags, bought one way tickets, and headed out to a new adventure!


Dear Folks...we are just going to hit a few highlights of our last six years--if you wish to see all the entries, just go the left of this blog, scroll down to the bottom, and you can see all of our adventures as they happened, beginning with our going away party!

We knew that we would have to have a car, so first order of business in Quito was to go to the want ads, find the car we wanted, buy it, and get along over to the Coast.


We  posed with our young sellers,  in front of our first hostel in Ecuador.  

 We arrived in Manta, and rented an apartment for a couple of months.  Our plan was to drive up and down the Coast and discover a place that we could call home...

We didn't find anything for the first two months, but we knew that we wanted to see the jungle, so off we went!  This is the boat that we stayed on in the Napo River, way deep in the jungle next to the Peruvian border.

We spent time on the river cruising in the big boat, and really large motorized canoes, and on foot.  There is no describing the jungle, unless you are walking through it--photos don't do it justice!



Here we are with a tribe deep in the jungle...

We continued to look for a place to call home...we knew we wanted to be near Montanita--it was just too much fun not to be...

Rox discovered this neglected beach house on one of our house hunting days.  Long story short...we negotiated hard, but finally got everyone to agree on terms, went thru the paperwork, and it was ours!

During one of our house hunting trips, we saw our first iguana, right next to our car window--now we knew we were in for new adventures!  We now have a bunch of them living with us... 


This is our first live Christmas tree--it is now over 25 feet tall!

Watching the sunsets, the waves, and the beach--what a great way to eat dinner!


We spent some time trying to get a little Spanish into our old brain cells...Rox is mucho better than I am.  Here is Karin, our fine teacher...

We decided we had better take some basic Spanish, because, on our first night in Quito, we went out to dinner, confident we would have no trouble finding our way back, because we knew that our hotel was located on the street called "UNA VIA", which all of you smart readers know means ONE WAY!!!

We had the President visit our little town.  He promised us a new town square, and we got it--just beautiful!  


One of the hottest tickets on the Coast is the annual Surf Competition put on by Reef and Pilsner beer...here we are at the contestant's break area...

The performing ladies even are so kind as to pose with an old coot like me!


After driving on my International license for a year, I finally got around to going to driving school.  I learned a lot, even with over 50 years of driving experience.


As we approached our second Christmas, we were distressed to find out that the kids at the Coast just never got any Christmas gifts.  Local parents told us that it was normal for a child to receive a piece of fruit or candy bar for the holiday.  We decided that we could improve on that idea, so over the years we have held a party for the kids, complete with a gift bag from Santa, and lots of food for everyone.

Here is our first Kid's Christmas Party...we had no idea how many kids would show up...now we have to print tickets...


Every year we go to Cuenca to buy the toy trucks and dolls that each child gets...The Coral store sells these items for less than 25 percent of what they cost at the Coast.  Here are a couple of shots...


Coquita, our little Bichon Frisse, is the boss of the house...and our constant companion...

Coquita's second birthday...with her friends...


Now, it's not all kick back and bask in the sun for us--we also change stuff...

Here is Rox taking the first blow to a cinder block wall, which will be the entry to our new kitchen...

A shot of the finished product...


We also converted the downstairs dining room and kitchen into a popular Suite for our guests...

We made the front pages of all the papers when our fence was washed away by high waves...

We were really surprised when the government showed up with 100's of tons of boulders to shore up our property--all at no cost to us!!!

The President continues to have have high visibility and access...right here on the Coast!

We think the drive to Cuenca is just about as good as it gets!

We take little trips when we can...here's a shot of a resort just out of Otavalo...

We traveled all over Ecuador in our trusty KIA wagon...but the back roads, salt air, and beach driving, finally took its toll, and we decided that we had to have a new car...

We first looked in Cuenca, but the selection was terrible, as were the prices...

We knew that Ibarra, north of Otavalo, had dealerships loaded with cars, so off we went.  We tried to duplicate what we had, but $40,000 for a KIA was just a little more (LOTS) that we planned on.

Finally, we tried the new Chinese dealership (they are in almost every country in the world now), which sold the Great Wall SUV.  We looked at it, we liked the features and the price...here it is...

We have had it two years this month, and it is perfect!  Absolutely NOTHING HAS GONE WRONG WITH IT!

We decided that this time, we would not subject our car to the steady onflow of sea air, so we built a garage for it...

And, we decided that if we build a garage, we probably ought to build a Suite up top--it is now our most popular Suite...This shot shows Rox directing the placement of  decorator items...

One more shot...

We could not possibly do what we do without the help of Agripina and Isidro, who live here, and their extended family...

This Christmas shot has their son Alfredo as Papa Noel, and their two daughters Sonia and Cecelia as Santa's helpers...

Finally, here are some of the happy boys and girls and moms and dads, who celebrate with us each December...

Here's a shot of last year's crew...

It's been a great run so far, and we're looking forward to many, many more great years!!!

Posted on Tue, October 1, 2013 at 02:13PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment

Reader Comments (1)

Hi guys. My 8-year-old son and I are enjoying your blog SO much. Do you still live there, and if so, in what area? I'm considering moving there with my son. Most of what I've read about Ecuador is from years ago and I hear that the crime is going up, as well as the prices. Do you think we could still live their for $1,300 per month? And, is it difficult to start a business there (or even possible)?

P.S. My son wanted me to tell you it was very touching how you had those Christmas parties for the local kids.

Kelly from the U.S.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchemfreemom

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