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James Whittall, Mirador San Jose

Published Monday October 21, 2019 (16:08:00)
James Whittall
Who are you?

When you ask who I am, the answer always includes my wife. We’re from Ottawa, Canada. We’re both 55.    more ...


Jessica Fay, Quito

Published Monday July 29, 2019 (17:18:42)
Jessica Fay
Hello! My name is Jessica Fay and my family and I left our home in Texas to explore the world! We are currently in Quito, Ecuador, and are having a fantastic time!    more ...


Luca Lamanna, Quito

Published Friday December 08, 2017 (14:54:19)
Luca Lamanna
Who are you?

My name is Luca Lamanna, I'm a 25-year-old Canadian living in South America.    more ...


Elliott Segelbaum, Cuenca

Published Friday November 10, 2017 (13:40:52)
Elliott Segelbaum
Who are you?

My name is Elliott Segelbaum.    more ...


Jim Santos, Salinas

Published Friday October 06, 2017 (07:22:48)
Jim Santos
Who are you?

My name is Jim Santos, I’m a retired computer and networking professional, now earning some extra money (and getting a lot of satisfaction) out of writing freelance.    more ...


Keith & Tina Paul, Cuenca

Published Wednesday June 14, 2017 (14:57:18)
Keith & Tina Paul
Who are you?

We are Keith & Tina Paul. Early retirees who believed there's so much more to life than work. We love to travel and now have a successful travel blog.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to Cuenca Ecuador in January of 2015.    more ...


Jim Santos, Salinas

Published Wednesday December 07, 2016 (16:22:37)
Jim Santos
Who are you?

Jim Santos, retired from the computer / network support business, and now a fulltime freelance writer and blogger. I’m the Ecuador Coastal Correspondent for International Living, and recently had an article published in the Wall Street Journal.    more ...


Leigh Anderson, Quito

Published Tuesday August 20, 2013 (10:32:28)
Leigh Anderson
Who are you?

My name is Leigh Anderson. I’m a freelance writer from Canada and I love the opportunities my work affords me to constantly meet new people and live in new places. Through my work, both professionally and on a voluntary basis I’ve been able to spend several years living abroad, first in South America and then in South East Asia. Although there are unique challenges that come with being an expat in a foreign culture, the life experience gained far outweighs any costs. Most importantly, I’ve made life-long friendships with people I would never have met had I passed up the opportunity to move to a new place.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Quito, Ecuador in 1999-2000.    more ...


Maureen Stimola, Tena (Ecuadorian Amazon)

Published Saturday August 17, 2013 (01:06:33)
Maureen Stimola
Who are you?

Excited by adventure and discovery, fascinated by science, mildly obsessed with lizards, attracted by new places and weird food, interested in new people but quiet until I get to know someone, that’s the nutshell. More factually, my name is Maureen (totally unpronounceable in any language except English) Stimola, and I am 23 years old.

My Long Island parents moved to Vermont and raised me snowboarding and gardening, so I learned to love all things green and natural from a young age. I decided to combine my passion for nature and science, and graduated from Columbia University in 2012 after studying Environmental Biology for 4 years, and spending most of my free time in forests, museums, and laboratories.    more ...


Gary Kesinger, Cotacachi

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (21:00:00)
My wife and I
My name is Gary Kesinger. I worked as a middle school teacher for nearly 20 years, traveling internationally nearly every summer. After tiring of the stress of modern life, my wife and I decided to start a new life in South America.

I had been interested in the idea of breaking away from the rat race and retiring early for several years. After much research and discussion, we made an exploratory trip to Cotacachi, Ecuador during a week long break from school in 2008. We immediately fell in love with the idea of spending our days in this beautiful mountain town. Within a few days, we had purchased an apartment and made plans to move at the end of the school year.    more ...

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