Also see below details of our first Super Thinking + Spanish courses in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Most Ecuador taxis are safe and the drivers helpful… but they probably do not speak English and the safety tip below is helpful with taxis anywhere in the world.
I recently returned from Cuenca, where we own a condo (across from the Oro Verde). I had an experience while there which you/others may want to know.
It was 9 P.M., and I was returning home after dinner with friends. The cabbie (older man) was confused due to road construction and let me off at a Super-Maxi near my condo, rather than at the condo itself. While walking the remaining 1/2 mile home, a car pulled up, and I was jumped by two men. They took my money clip, cell phone and apt. keys. I wouldn’t give them my wallet with credit cards, so received a punch in the eye as a parting gesture.
When I reached the condo, the Ecuadorians in the lobby were absolutely furious when they found out what had happened. They even wanted to go looking for the muggers (who were long-gone)! We had to unscrew the door frame to the apt. to get in. This is being repaired now, and new locks are to be installed.
I guess the useful information to come from this is
1. Incidents like this can occur and at fairly reasonable hours too (9 P.M.)
2. People need to be alert for cars on the street.
3. Older cabbies are to be avoided if possible (I had just been warned of this that very day!)
4. The Ecuadorians felt that the muggers were Colombian. They said Ecuadorians didn’t do violent things like this (and I tend to believe them).
Feel free to forward this to anyone whom you think might benefit. (I didn’t contact the police, because it was late at night, I had to leave early the next morning and couldn’t have identified anyone anyway.)
I replied: Thanks. I’ll share this as it fits our experiences in Ecuador. I have written similar messages before but it is good to remind readers.
One tip, next time give them the credit card. That would be better than a lost eye or something. You need both your eyes so you can remain a good reader of our website!
I once did a similar thing when a robber who broke into my home in Naples. I attacked with a paint brush. I just ran on adrenaline rather than good sense. Afterwords I realized I could have been really hurt and may have hurt the robber also. None of that was worth any of the material things he had grabbed.
Local San Clemente Ecuador beach taxi. Would you expect him to speak English?
Here is another safety tip in Ecuador or any Spanish speaking country. Most taxi drivers in Latin countries do not speak English. Be able to communicate! Knowing how to communicate in a lingua franca such as we teach in Super Thinking + Spanish course can help you get where you want to go and avoid trouble wherever you go in Spanish, Italian or Portuguese speaking countries.
Super Thinking + Spanish expands to Montevideo, Uruguay. Our active Spanish teacher force is expanding and teacher, Spiro Michas, is hosting his first course in Montevideo, Uruguay March 25-26-27, 2012. Because this is Spiros first course it is offered at large discount. See details below.
2016 Schedule: The International ClubMake 2016 your best year yet.
Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments.
In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.
Being in the international club surrounds you with successful… positive… like-minded souls. This benefit alone is truly powerful stuff!
Join us for a high mountain retreat that is strictly exclusive to club members and save over $4,000.
Focus on Better Health, Increased Income and Value Investing. Learn how to create a BIG INCOME by thinking SMALL.
In 2016, We will conduct six seminars; three online value investing seminars, one online Natural Health Seminar, one online Writer’s Camp, plus one Value Investing Retreat that we will conduct in person.
International Club members receive all the online seminars free plus can attend the August 2016 Value Investing retreat which is exclusive to club members. HIGH COUNTRY
In addition club membership includes:
- Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $299, FREE
- Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
- Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
- International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
- Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
- Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
- Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
- One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
- One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE
- Exclusive Value Investing Retreat in North Carolina, normally $799, FREE
- Three night’s accommodations at Merrily Farms, normally $315, FREE
This is every offer in our catalog. To purchase everything would cost $5,635.85. Club membership for 2016 is $1,199 so you save up to $4,136.85.
Or 4 payments of $375 quarterly.
If you subscribed to any of the reports, subscriptions or online seminars, let me know at email@example.com and we’ll provide a deduction for your club membership.
Absorb through Osmosis
Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles for over 30 years. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
This delegate’s comments about “belonging and feeling like a brother” to the other delegates is a wonderful refrain we have heard from our readers, year after year.
Over 30 years ago Merri and I created a way that readers can join us to be immersed in a year-long learning program through our International Club.
The ideas behind this program began in Vienna, Austria while we were conducting a course there. One of our older delegates, had some sort of attack. The first fear was heart trouble. Several delegates took him to the hospital. Others stayed with him there. I don’t think that delegate was alone for a minute!
What impressed Merri and me was that no one asked the delegates to help this man.
The friendships of delegates sharing many courses had just grown so strong that it was a natural reaction, just as if a family member was ill. Fortunately, it was only travel fatigue and the delegate didn’t miss a session of the course!
When you join our International Club 2016 you become part of a special family. The very first member to join the club all those years ago wrote: Thank you for the enjoyable and informative courses. I am pleased to be part of your international family and look forward to continuing my education at the next course.
His feeling struck a familiar chord. It has always been one of my greatest satisfactions to see how much fun delegates have getting together, sharing information and making friendships as we learn how to improve our health and increase our wealth.
The courses draw like-minded souls. For this reason some delegates come back again and again. They come to learn, but also to be with their many friends made at the courses. When like-minded souls get together again and again to discuss a common purpose, magic happens! I can’t explain it in any other way-but it is true.
In a way our meetings are almost like family reunions. Perhaps it is getting together and reflecting on what has been said and what has been happening.
Learning with those who are also interested in the world creates thoughts that multiply the value of what we gain. This is hard to describe but results are most powerful and wonderful! This is to me is as important as the great financial benefit of attending many of our courses.
We started and have continued the International Club for 30 years because there are wonderful benefits from having repeat delegates at courses. Having repeat delegates makes the whole course somehow more exciting for all. Being a repeat delegate makes it easier to make and keep wealth and to lock in the knowledge you gain. It’s an exciting lifestyle. We have fun, gain adventure, discovery and friendships and share ways to improve our health and wealth!
Another savings: Lifestyle for Two.
We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to add another personas email address to every single course or tour, plus bring a partner to the m,members only retreat. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO! You can enroll bring whomever you wish. Choose your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you.
The International Club fee has been $1,799 but due to the savings of conducting our courses online, we have been able to reduce the fee to $1,499. This is less than the normal fee we have charged in past years from one seminar (without accommodations).
If you cannot attend the High Mountain Retreat, you are still entitled to a three night stay on a space available basis at the farm during the season we are open there (June into October).
Club members meeting at out home.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and a guest of your choice to join us for all our seminars including our exclusive August 2016 High Mountain retreat.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us at our farm and online. We look forward to being with you!
Club members receive everything we offer in 2016, plus the exclusive High Mountain Retreat in August that includes the seminar and accommodations.