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Frequency Modulation Increases Longevity


Frequency Modulation Increases Longevity... plus can help you in many other ways… like learning Spanish in three days.

Cycles have an affect on our lives…. how long we live and how well we live when we are alive.

Here is a full moon I shot as it rode over a church in Ecuador.

ecuador-cycles

This sunrise came silently later awakening the early birds and roosters from the village calm.

Cycles are frequency.  I took this shot at our home in Mt. Dora when the full moon created a…

frequency-moon

kaleidoscope as it slid though a cloudy night.

I knew the coyotes would howl more and that I was more likely to awaken before the dawn.  We have all felt the impact of monthly cycles caused by the frequency of the moon at one time or another.

Ecuador shamans view the entire universe as a bundle of frequencies.  This may be why Ecuadorians who lived in the ancient ways were known for longevity.

ecuador-cycles

I took this shot of Ingapirka during one of our Ecuador Shamanic Mingo tours.  The ancients in Ecuador understood nature’s rhythms.   Ingapirka, for example, is the largest known Incan ruins in Ecuador, a temple of the sun, built in the Incan way without mortar. The stones are so carefully chiseled that they fit together perfectly.  The temple is so matched to nature’s cycles that on the solstices, at exactly the right time of day, sunlight falls through the center of the doorway of the small chamber at the top of the temple.

The manifestation we call “intelligence” is a bundle of frequencies working in a repetitive unison that we have named “laws of nature”.  Every entity is a symphony come alive.  If the symphony remains in perfect unison… the music is sweet… the being created by the frequency bundles exist at maximum efficiency and operate “at ease”.   If the harmony gets out of balance, there is dissonance and efficiency is lost.  There is “dis-ease”.

Our Super Spanish courses use Frequency Modulation to keep the human system of frequencies in optimal tune.

These courses utilize Baroque music, relaxation techniques and food supplements to enhance the process of absorbing, retaining and recalling information.  One simple way to describe this is to say that we treat the human system like a tuning fork.  If it is operating out of balance… we create frequencies through music, food and the internal being that bring the distortions back into their optimal range.

Many lessons have little to do with learning Spanish or investing or business… yet they have everything to do with learning, Spanish, investing and business.  When persons become more efficient they learn better, think more intelligently and act more effectively.

Delegates report losing weight… feeling better… getting off medication and excelilng in many other fields beyond Spanish.

For example, here’s a nutritional trick we review in the course that enhances stamina… improves alertness and encourages longevity:  “Eat your main meal at noon.”

Here is why.

The ancients believe that every day consists of two four hour intervals….air, water and fire cycles each.

2am to 6am:  Air Cycle. This is time to wake up. The mind is light, active and this is a good time to think, multi task and learn.

6am to 10am: Water Cycle. Strength is increased. This is a good time to do physical activity and exercise.

10am to 2pm: Fire Cycle. This is the time for digestion. High noon is the best time for the main meal of the day.

2pm to 6pm:   Air Cycle. The mind is light and active again. Study and do mental work.

6pm to 10pm: Water cycle. If you eat a heavy evening meal, this cycle will digest it. However, if your evening meal is early and light, this second fire cycle acts like an oven cleaner and burns up stresses and toxicities gained during the day.

10pm to 2am: Fire Cycle. Best time for deepest sleep.

We and everything around us are systems composed of cycles.  When our cycles are in tune with the systems of nature… we live in a more comfortable… lowest stress… most efficient and longer way.

We look forward to sharing with you how to gain promise… potential…profit and longevity with frequency modulation.

Learn about frequency modulation at the next Super Spanish course.

Gary

Cotacachi Condo For Sale – Again


A couple of weeks ago our friend and Ecuador attorney, Dr. Andres Cordova, offered a Cotacahci condo for sale.  It sold the first day of the ad.

Then… it happened.  I explain in a moment why this condo is available again below.

cotacachi

This Cotacachi condo for sale is a brand new, 3rd floor, corner, 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit in the center of the village.

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The condo’s living space.

This unit has an open kitchen, balcony, communal and rooftop terrace access.

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The condo’s open kitchen.

What happened?  The horror of every seller.  Someone purchased the condo, put down a deposit and then the deal had to be withdrawn.

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View from the kitchen.

So, this Cotacachi condo is once again for sale at $84,950.

See photos and details of the Cotacachi condo here.

Gary

The Power of Positive Resilience


How can we find positive solutions in a negative world?

I took this photo of a small shop in Mt. Dora, Florida because the sign was worth remembering.

Painters bench

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”.   Having a way to do what you love brings positive energy.  When there is so much confusing data that our logic fails, escape the tyranny of reason by following your emotions and intuition.

This is part five of the 13 factors of resilience.  Resilience is armor against the changes in life that can wear us out.   Life is never ending change so we need ever lasting qualities that help us continually adapt and progress rather than be beaten down.  See links to Parts I through V on the “Factors of Resilience” below.

The fifth factor is a temperamental style that is fluid and easy, as opposed to erratic and brittle, acts as a facilitator of social involvement, adaptability, coping, belonging, and resilience.

The universe knows solutions to every problem because polarity is in the nature of the universe.  Since we are a part of this universe… we know  solutions if we can set aside our thinking and get in touch with our greater wisdom.  The essence of this bigger (and better) in-formation is our yearning of our heart’s desire.

We simply need to know how to know what we know in a usable way.

One way to be wiser at a deeper level is to integrate these four brain waves…. Beta… Alpha… Theta and Delta.

Our Beta waves tap into the local news. This is the part of our being that takes care of the here and now…the space around us.  This is what we call logic, and it is a vital tool. Nothing is more important than to know what conditions are in the here and now.  However mankind is so dependent on this logic that often the messages are ignored coming from our other brain waves which we can sum up by calling them intuition.

Our Alpha waves connect us to the regional news.  This is a much deeper and broader area of intelligence too vast for our prefrontal logical brain to compute on its own. When we tap into Alpha we get intuitive creative flashes we could never just think up.  If there is about to be an earthquake in our region, all animals know it. Dogs will howl.  Roosters will crow. Birds will fly away.  Humans have this intuition as well.  Yet we can be so steeped in our logic… that we ignore it.

Theta brain waves connect with the global news.   This is an even deeper vaster level of intelligence.  At some level we are in touch with anything and everything that happens wherever we are in the world.   Here we need the filter of our logic. For our mind to process all this data would be like running many yottabytes squared of information through a 64K processor.

At some level we are in touch with everything that happens in the world.

Delta waves are our connection to the universal news right down to our quantum state.   This is an intelligence so vast that we cannot even imagine it.  Here according to quantum science we are even in touch with the past and future…even other universes in a multiverse. We must be in a dream state where the physical boundaries strip away.  In Delta we can be in two places at once, know all things and even fly.

When we allow these waves to interconnect freely, we gain access to infinite knowledge and unimaginable intellect.

Merri and I tap into and integrate this knowledge in three ways… silence, music and theanine.

#1: Silence

One classic article I read and reread is a USA Today article entitled “Sphere of Silence” as it tells how a successful CFO uses silence in business and says:  Vijay Eswaran (pronounced Veejay Eeshwuhrn) is not well known in the USA , but throughout Asia he has become something akin to a CEO/spiritual guide. Picture a Kung Fu episode with David Carradine running Hong Kong telecommunications, travel, e-commerce, entertainment conglomerate, QI Group, a company less than 10 years old that is approaching $1 billion in annual sales. Eswaran, a Hindu Indian born in Malaysia, starts each day monk-like with an hour of silence, a practice detailed in his book “In the Sphere of Silence.”

To gain from silence, Merri and I meditate every day.

#2: Music

A comparison on the benefits of meditation and Baroque Music can help us see how to attain the state of relaxed concentration.  This study compares Transcendental Meditation. Since TM is the most documented form of meditation worldwide, it lends itself to a comparison with Super Thinking.

Below, we can see the physiological changes during sessions of listening to certain types of music as compared to TM Meditation.

Super Thinking Concert Meditation (TM)
Slow Baroque Music during Intense Mental Activity Reciting a Mantra
Alpha brain waves Increase by
an average 6%.
Alpha brain waves increase.
Beta Brain Waves Decrease by
an average 6%.
Theta Brain Waves unchanged. Some increase in Theta.
Pulse slows down by an average a mean decrease of 5 beats per minute. Decreases significantly with 5 beats per minute.
Blood pressure drops slightly. Tendency to decrease.
Awareness becomes relaxed concentration. Restful alertness.

Meditation creates a state of “Restful Alertness”…. which is great for tuning into deeper levels of intelligence.

Music, however, creates “Relaxed Concentration,” the state one wants to attain for study and action.

We listen to 60 beat ten cycle classical music… recommended by Dr.Georgi Lozanov, the great Bulgarian educator,  as we work.

You could count the number of times we have missed our meditation routine in the last 20 years on one hand.

#3: L-Theanine.

Theanine (chemical name: r-glutamylethylamide) is one of the chemicals found in green tea.  Theanine is used to reduce stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming agents.  Scientific evidence shows that Theanine stimulates the brain’s production of alpha waves, making the user feel relaxed but alert and not drowsy. It also helps the body produce other calming amino acids, such as dopamine, GABA, and tryptophan. As might be expected from a calming supplement, Theanine may be able to lower elevated blood pressure as well.

We buy theanine at the health food store under the brand name of Theanine Serene.

The universe is polarity in action, yin and yang…  plus and minus… positive and negative.  For every minus there is a plus and we, at some level know both sides.  Next time you are feeling negative… use the three steps above to get in touch with the  positive.

Gary

Be Happy – Inflate Your IQ

Join the top 3 percent of intelligence.

You can be happier if you become smarter.

A study of 10,000 British people studied the pure relationship between intelligence and happiness stability.

IQ can predict the emotional ups and downs of life.   The research found that the lower the IQ,  the higher the ups and downs in life satisfaction.  The differences were not due to education, income, or jobs either, but simply IQ.

gary-scott-seminar

Delegates at a Super Thinking course relaxing in their secret rose garden.

Become smarter, healthier, happier… in just weeks… hearing  a relaxation session that takes you into your secret rose garden.

Merri, David and I originally developed this session for our Super Thinking courses and have set it into an online workshop for you.

Listen… just 18 minutes day.  We guarantee your life will be better.

Inflate Your IQ.

When it comes to money… inflation is cheating.

That’s bad for you.

When it comes to intelligence… inflating is smart… fair… good for you and it’s good for the rest of the world.

Monetary inflation is a sneaky government and business trick.

What cost a dollar in 1965 can easily cost $15 now.

They promise you more.

Liars?

They devalue the currency so you get more dollars that buy less.  They can rip off your salary,  your pension…raise insurance, almost everything.

And they make you work harder… longer… for less.

Whittle, whittle, whittle.  Push, push, push.  That’s what monetary inflation does to you.

Fight back… overcome the inflation trick.  Inflate your IQ as you relax.

Gain more than IQ.

Be smarter… more energetic…. healthier.

That’s the way to get ahead!

Create more income opportunity.  Improve your health.  Be naturally smarter… use Super Thinking.

You can improve your IQ in just weeks.

You might well ask… How is this possible?

Here’s how the scientists say it is possible.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ”(1)  show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brainThe article says:

           Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it.

Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.

Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows.

British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later.  9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

The study published in Nature said that on a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age. 

MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kid’s skills.

There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes.  New tasks stimulate the brain most.  Young adults given just one month of intense training in juggling, found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began.

Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of musical training and new experiences throughout a lifetime.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life.  Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.

 Improve the brain through music… without lessons.

Here’s the Super Thinking story…

The educational program Merri and I developed uses a form of brain wave integration that increases IQ.

Super Thinking uses frequency (in music and a number of other ways) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The music creates the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

This Super Thinking program is not a gimmick or trick… just advanced education.

Certain types of Baroque music are the base, and they make you smarter!

Proof?

At least four best selling books, “Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain”,  “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000″ showed how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

This Baroque music tactic alone is so powerful that Small Business Innovation Research… an official site of the US government granted over $100,000 for the specific purpose they said was: to provide a method to remove barriers which hinder or prevent the employment of blind persons.  An innovative method, the Lozanov Learning System, is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programmers and operators of automated equipment.

Merri was among just a few who learned this technique directly from Dr. Lozanov the time he visited the USA.

Our Super Thinking workshop enhanced this system with numerous other tactics.

We added slight alterations in nutrition that create a higher IQ.   Altered nutritional tips in Super Thinking can make anyone 25% smarter!

Baroque Music and nutrition are just part of seven, easy to use, learning techniques that make you smarter.

Gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages…in less time…two-to-five times faster.

Here’s a huge bonus.  Super Thinking also relieves stress.  Super Thinking is fun.

You can use a Super Thinking focus in everything:  health… earning… education… investing.

Super Thinking works on the learner first…the data second.  This system “grows the learner” rather than the information.

If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information.  The answer is create a six inch IQ pipe!

Share our years of experience.

For nearly 50 years, Merri and I have conducted hundreds of courses and tours for tens of thousands, in dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).  Our Super Thinking Workshop has been one of the most profound.  Now the workshop is even better online because it condenses Super Thinking so you can increase your IQ, at home… right away.

The workshop shows how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business for extra income, to forex trading and investing.  Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit.  Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to rapidly get smarter in every part of your life.

For example, real estate broker, Suzy Kurinsky took the workshop to help her learn Spanish.

She wrote: “You are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range.  My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!”

Super thinking can improve almost anything you do… faster, better, more fun and with less stress.

Another attendee to the Super Thinking Workshop sent this note.

 Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you.   I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.

Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes.  I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life.  I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.

Super Thinking can help improve your health. Super Thinking can make you rich and add richness to your life.

However the time, travel expense and workshop cost (delegates have paid up to $999) have prohibited many from getting this benefit.

That’s why we have created the workshop in electronic form.  Get Super Thinking online for less than fifty bucks.

You can order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Relax in the Secret Rose Garden.

The workshop is divided into two parts.  Part one is the application… the sessions that tell you exactly what to do, what music to use and even includes two recorded sessions based around a secret rose garden that you can use.  We have kept this portion short and simple so you can easily start immediately.

Part two is a longer portion on theory.

Part one is enough.

Super Thinking is like jogging… giving results if you simply do it!

You do not have to know why Super Thinking works to increase your IQ.   But Part Two explains why you are getting the good results from Part One, if you want to know.

You might ask…”Will it work for me”?

The Super Thinking Workshop will help increase your IQ.

Our guarantee.

I guarantee it.  Order the Super Thinking Workshop.  Use it for two months.  If you are not totally satisfied… in any way, during that time, simply let me know and I’ll send a full refund… immediately… no questions asked.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Another Super Thinking workshop attendee wrote: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me,  I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible”.   I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted.  I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.   Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Inflation is a cheat… a crime when it comes to money.  Inflating your IQ to beat inflation is simple good sense.  Learn Super Thinking now with no risk.  Begin to increase your intelligence today.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Gary

(1) Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ

(2) See government grant records on teaching blind persons with the Lozanov method

 

 

Part I – II and IV looked at four factors of resilience.  

You can read Part I at  The Joys and Necessities of Taking Risk.

Part II Make America Happy Again.

Part III The Benefit of Self Awareness.

Part IV Temper Resilience

$84,895 Cotacachi Condo


A condo for sale in Cotacachi Ecuador is explained in the note below from our Ecuador friend and attorney Dr. Andres Cordova.

Gary

BRAND NEW WONDERFUL 2-BEDROOM CONDO IN THE HEART OF COTACACHI WITH EXTRAORDINARY CITY AND
MOUNTAIN VIEWS.  The list price for this condo is $92,895, but because Gary does not accept commissions on the sale of real estate listed at his site, I am able to offer this until April 1st 2017 at just $84,895.

cotacachi condo

This is a remarkable opportunity with special pricing.  You can reserve it now. I do not think this opportunity will last long.

cotacachi condo

Here is the floor plan for the 1,431 square foot, two bedroom condo for sale in Cotacachi.

cotacachi condo

This condo is next to this Cathederal and the main plaza in Cotacachi.  This town is deemed to be among the nicest and most sought after retirement destinations in Ecuador. Whether as your new part time or permanent home or as an investment, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

• PART TIME OR PERMANENT RESIDENCE
• IN THE BEST PART OF TOWN
• GOOD INVESTMENT
• RENTAL INCOME

This is the wonderful city and mountain views from the 3rd floor.

This unique corner unit enjoys views of the city of Cotacachi and the wonderful mountain landscapes that surround it.

cotacachi condo

Whether looking at the colonial balconies with flowerbeds, the multichromatic tile roofs, the wonderful domes of the Cathedral or the sun-kissed
mountains, you will find deep inspiration in this condo.

cotacachi condo

Just across the street from your condo you will find the Land of the Sun, a beautiful hosteria. Walk some more and you will be in a remarkable,
centuries-old cathedral, markets, museums, shops and more.

cotacachi condo

The picture to the left was taken before a beautiful tile floor was laid. It depicts the living room, which has exceptional views and a balcony access.

The condo is part of the renovation of a beautiful 3-story corner building, with great curb appeal in the heart of Cotacachi.

cotacachi condo

This picture was taken from one of the windows in the living room scheduled for completion in two weeks.

cotacachi condo

The facade has garden sills for hanging gardens.

cotacachi condo

An ample, modern kitchen will greet you. It will be perfect for entertaining family and friends, with wonderful unobstructed views.

cotacachi condo

The building will feature a rooftop terrace with panoramic city and landscape views. Residents may wish to
put a BBQ and other amenities there.

cotacachi condo

On the very top, a detail of the Cathedral, seen from the kitchen window.

cotacachi condo

Above, a beautiful inner patio Courtyard in Cotacachi Museum across the street from the condo.

cotacachi condo

This street, is just a few steps from the condo.

There are several people interested in renting the condo if you wish to rent rather than live in it. This is a great investment that can also allow you rental income.

Cotacachi is located 65 miles to the north of Quito, via a modern highway system.

It is a cozy artisan city of approximately 40,000 inhabitants, renowned for its leather goods and handicrafts.

In 2000 it was declared an Ecological County and 2002 it was designated as a City of Peace by UNESCO.

Cotacachi is blessed by a wonderful natural and cultural landscape.

cotacachi condo

This is crater-lake Cuicocha, a stunning scene.  It lies a few minutes away from Cotacachi. It has hiking and bicycle trails, as well as restaurants and handicraft.

cotacachi condo

This is an evening festival in the plaza of Cotacachi just a block from the condo!  What are you waiting for?

The wonderful condo can be yours for $84,895.

This is an extraordinary price; an opportunity that will not last long. You can reserve it with $5.000.

This reservation freezes the price and generates a commitment from each side as the closing is coordinated.

For more information about the reservation, the closing, details of the condo process and for any questions you may have, please contact me:

Andrés Córdova
acordova@gcabogados.com
593-999-724-864

Thanksgiving on The Equator


An Ecuadorian time of thanksgiving has a timely message now.

We have also have had the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving in many countries, from Ecuador to England to Hong Kong. We especially enjoy this day because no one outside the US recognizes Thanksgiving Day in November as an official holiday.  This gives us an opportunity to share a beautiful American tradition with other cultures.

Our family is so wide spread…five kids: in Oregon, Florida, London and Bristol, England, can rarely all unite for Thanksgiving.  Since everyone globally likes feasts, we find it easy and delightful to create a larger family.

We often use the day to invite friends, wherever we are, to share our turkey, dressing, cranberries and pumpkin pie (though there have been challenges finding the ingredients at times – one year in Gloucestershire, we had to settle for making a yam pie as there were no pumpkins!)  Many from other nations have left our Thanksgiving table knowing the true heart of America better after sharing this traditional meal with us.

This is a wonderful…simple way to enjoy friends and expand goodwill worldwide for which we are truly thankful.

Ecuador does not celebrate Thanksgiving but while living on the Equator, Merri and I learned a great lesson about the importance of having a thankful attitude.

This was the year 2000.  Merri and I were spending an entire winter at our Ecuadorian plantation with a shaman and his apprentices.

The shaman and his apprentices stayed in the plantation house. We lived in this crumbling 10’x 10′ hut, no electricity, no phone and no hot water…for months just so we could have privacy and to be more or less in nature.

Ecuador-Thanksgiving

Our goal was to understand how the lifestyle of the indigenous equator  and how the residents really lived, thought and felt.  We did not expect how much we would learn.

Though the apprentices had no material wealth and earned about $30 a month, the joy and happiness during that time with those people was infectious, laughter always just waiting to bubble over at any event.

Then one day around thanksgiving the Ecuador’s economy literally came to a shrieking halt.  Almost everything shot down.

The country ran out of gas.  The banks were closed.  The shaman and the apprentices lost every penny they had in the banks.  Upon learning this, the shaman called for a mingo (this word means circle and represents a meeting) where he performed a ceremony of thanks for all the change that these losses would bring.

Later after the meeting we sat on the front porch and looked out, over this view.

Ecuador-Thanksgiving

We watched the setting sun, dropping in a burst of purple and mauve. The wind was warm and a symphony of insects gave a serenade. This now penniless shaman looked over and whispered. “Life is good”.

Changes in his financial life did not rob him of a penny’s worth of living.  He felt what others considered a loss with gratitude.

I can’t put in words what a sense of peace and harmony rolled over us as we looked down at the lushness of the valley below, the mists rising, the waterfalls folding in lacy cascades, bird songs trilling through the clear air.  The river although far below us was a great bubbling sound along with the strangeness of some of the bird calls. This was a joy we had not felt since we were kids.

As Merri and I enjoy this day of thanks, we feel that our thankfulness is heightened due to our sharing Thanksgiving with other cultures that have helped us learn to be thankful, about everything…even though they may seem negative at the time.

We cannot thank you enough!  We look forward with great joy to sharing more ideas in the year ahead with you. If we can in some way make your life more joyous and help you laugh, learn and be grateful, we will truly be blessed. There is such beauty on this earth and in this world at this time. We feel privileged to be able to share it with you.

Gary

Be Happy – Inflate Your IQ

Join the top 3 percent of intelligence.

You can be happier if you become smarter.

A study of 10,000 British people studied the pure relationship between intelligence and happiness stability.

IQ can predict the emotional ups and downs of life.   The research found that the lower the IQ,  the higher the ups and downs in life satisfaction.  The differences were not due to education, income, or jobs either, but simply IQ.

gary-scott-seminar

Delegates at a Super Thinking course relaxing in their secret rose garden.

Become smarter, healthier, happier… in just weeks… hearing  a relaxation session that takes you into your secret rose garden.

Merri, David and I originally developed this session for our Super Thinking courses and have set it into an online workshop for you.

Listen… just 18 minutes day.  We guarantee your life will be better.

Inflate Your IQ.

When it comes to money… inflation is cheating.

That’s bad for you.

When it comes to intelligence… inflating is smart… fair… good for you and it’s good for the rest of the world.

Monetary inflation is a sneaky government and business trick.

What cost a dollar in 1965 can easily cost $15 now.

They promise you more.

Liars?

They devalue the currency so you get more dollars that buy less.  They can rip off your salary,  your pension…raise insurance, almost everything.

And they make you work harder… longer… for less.

Whittle, whittle, whittle.  Push, push, push.  That’s what monetary inflation does to you.

Fight back… overcome the inflation trick.  Inflate your IQ as you relax.

Gain more than IQ.

Be smarter… more energetic…. healthier.

That’s the way to get ahead!

Create more income opportunity.  Improve your health.  Be naturally smarter… use Super Thinking.

You can improve your IQ in just weeks.

You might well ask… How is this possible?

Here’s how the scientists say it is possible.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ”(1)  show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brainThe article says:

           Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it.

Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.

Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows.

British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later.  9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

The study published in Nature said that on a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age. 

MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kid’s skills.

There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes.  New tasks stimulate the brain most.  Young adults given just one month of intense training in juggling, found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began.

Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of musical training and new experiences throughout a lifetime.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life.  Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.

 Improve the brain through music… without lessons.

Here’s the Super Thinking story…

The educational program Merri and I developed uses a form of brain wave integration that increases IQ.

Super Thinking uses frequency (in music and a number of other ways) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The music creates the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

This Super Thinking program is not a gimmick or trick… just advanced education.

Certain types of Baroque music are the base, and they make you smarter!

Proof?

At least four best selling books, “Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain”,  “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000″ showed how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

This Baroque music tactic alone is so powerful that Small Business Innovation Research… an official site of the US government granted over $100,000 for the specific purpose they said was: to provide a method to remove barriers which hinder or prevent the employment of blind persons.  An innovative method, the Lozanov Learning System, is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programmers and operators of automated equipment.

Merri was among just a few who learned this technique directly from Dr. Lozanov the time he visited the USA.

Our Super Thinking workshop enhanced this system with numerous other tactics.

We added slight alterations in nutrition that create a higher IQ.   Altered nutritional tips in Super Thinking can make anyone 25% smarter!

Baroque Music and nutrition are just part of seven, easy to use, learning techniques that make you smarter.

Gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages…in less time…two-to-five times faster.

Here’s a huge bonus.  Super Thinking also relieves stress.  Super Thinking is fun.

You can use a Super Thinking focus in everything:  health… earning… education… investing.

Super Thinking works on the learner first…the data second.  This system “grows the learner” rather than the information.

If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information.  The answer is create a six inch IQ pipe!

Share our years of experience.

For nearly 50 years, Merri and I have conducted hundreds of courses and tours for tens of thousands, in dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).  Our Super Thinking Workshop has been one of the most profound.  Now the workshop is even better online because it condenses Super Thinking so you can increase your IQ, at home… right away.

The workshop shows how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business for extra income, to forex trading and investing.  Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit.  Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to rapidly get smarter in every part of your life.

For example, real estate broker, Suzy Kurinsky took the workshop to help her learn Spanish.

She wrote: “You are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range.  My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!”

Super thinking can improve almost anything you do… faster, better, more fun and with less stress.

Another attendee to the Super Thinking Workshop sent this note.

 Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you.   I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.

Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes.  I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life.  I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.

Super Thinking can help improve your health. Super Thinking can make you rich and add richness to your life.

However the time, travel expense and workshop cost (delegates have paid up to $999) have prohibited many from getting this benefit.

That’s why we have created the workshop in electronic form.  Get Super Thinking online for less than fifty bucks.

You can order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Relax in the Secret Rose Garden.

The workshop is divided into two parts.  Part one is the application… the sessions that tell you exactly what to do, what music to use and even includes two recorded sessions based around a secret rose garden that you can use.  We have kept this portion short and simple so you can easily start immediately.

Part two is a longer portion on theory.

Part one is enough.

Super Thinking is like jogging… giving results if you simply do it!

You do not have to know why Super Thinking works to increase your IQ.   But Part Two explains why you are getting the good results from Part One, if you want to know.

You might ask…”Will it work for me”?

The Super Thinking Workshop will help increase your IQ.

Our guarantee.

I guarantee it.  Order the Super Thinking Workshop.  Use it for two months.  If you are not totally satisfied… in any way, during that time, simply let me know and I’ll send a full refund… immediately… no questions asked.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Another Super Thinking workshop attendee wrote: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me,  I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible”.   I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted.  I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.   Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Inflation is a cheat… a crime when it comes to money.  Inflating your IQ to beat inflation is simple good sense.  Learn Super Thinking now with no risk.  Begin to increase your intelligence today.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Gary

(1) Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ

(2) See government grant records on teaching blind persons with the Lozanov method

 

Cotacachi Two Bedroom Town House


This paid advertisement shows a fully furnished two bedroom townhouse that has an ideal Cotacachi location and is available at a very low price.

Excellent investment potential, or “A Plan B” to escape to the perfect climate.

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Location, location, location!–This beautiful two bedroom townhouse in a garden setting is located off “Leather Street,” Cotacachi’s famous and most popular street—yet once you go through the gate, there is a lovely walkway leading to a nicely landscaped and quiet setting.

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Beautiful and peaceful, yet it’s only steps away from San Francisco Square and is walking distance to anywhere in town.

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The setting is very romantic in a professionally landscaped garden with hundreds of flowers, bushes and greenery of all kinds.  The open air front patio and second floor balcony off the master bedroom are perfect places for that morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine.  In addition, the townhouse also has a wood-burning fireplace to cuddle up in front of on cool evenings.  The townhouse includes all the comforts of home.

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This is a two bedroom townhouse—nearly 1400 square feet with two and a half baths.  The two bedrooms are on the upstairs level—the master includes an open air balcony with fantastic views of the gardens and mountain.  Each bedroom has its own en-suite bath.  Downstairs social bath (toilet and sink) is off the living room.

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A wood-burning fireplace is located in the living room.  The townhouse is equipped with a  recently purchased TV—42 inch flat screen LG brand, Samsung smart Blu-Ray DVD player.with NETFLIX and movies.  New sectional, lounger, and ottoman are included.

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The dining area is located next to the kitchen and includes six chairs with the dining table.

 

All furnishings are included, and they have been tastefully chosen to appeal to U.S. renters.  All linens, blankets, pillows, and towels are provided.  The kitchen features granite countertops, plenty of cabinet space, and is fully equipped as well. Large frost-free refrigerator, deluxe 32 inch five burner stove, microwave, 12 cup Oster Coffee maker, toaster, along with silverware, dishes, pots and pans, utensils—everything—just bring your suitcase and settle in. (Or, employ my recommended manager to help settle in your short or long term renters).

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Quality local artwork adorns the walls.  This is a turnkey rental investment, or can simply be your own “home away from home.”

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One year old Frigidaire washer and dryer are located by the stairs.

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High speed internet is available.

The townhouse is in a garden setting well off the main street.  Very peaceful and quiet.  From your door it’s just a short walk to the heart of Cotacachi and from there all the nearby restaurants, bakeries, parks, banks, churches, museums, grocery stores and the retail leather stores that Cotacachi is famous for.

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A wonderful outdoor patio is available for everyone as a part of the common garden landscaping…

Excellent views of the gardens and Mt. Imbabura from the living room, front patio and the upstairs balcony.

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The largest open air market in South America is nearby in Otavalo—only a 25 cent bus ride away and for a 45 cent bus ride you can go to the City of Ibarra (150,000 population) to the Super Maxi Shopping Center or the new Laguna Mall.  Also nearby is the Peguche Waterfall, Condor Park, Lake Cuicocha (Crater Lake), the Hot Springs, Cocashqui Pyramids, City of Knowledge, and Center of the Earth Monument.

Cotacachi offers a wonderful climate with average temperatures in the upper 60’s and low 70’s, friendly people, and very inexpensive and healthy food!  There is a large and growing expat population here.

Price:  $85,000.  The townhouse is part of a four unit building.  One additional unit may also be available for $89,000.

Since our townhouse purchase we had the opportunity to buy a larger house that is next door to our good friends.

All inquiries please call the owner who currently resides in the USA (Montana) at 203-313-9501.

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence. Always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. We also recommend that you rent, become familiar with Ecuador before you buy.

 

 

 

Ecuador Export Tour July 28-31 – 2015


Enroll in Roberto Ribadeneira’s Ecuador Export Tour.  Roberto is our Ecuador rose supplier and has led export tours for over a decade.

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The ultimate asset is the ability to have a global business. Here are two fishy export ideas…

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that delegates will see on our upcoming Ecuador export tour.  Carved wooden fish and…

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Ecuador seafood. For example Ecuador is one of the largest seafood exporters in the world.

One powerful way to gain this freedom is to know how to earn anywhere in the world. This is why we have asked  Roberto to conduct his Import/Export courses.

Here is what one delegate wrote after attending the Ecuador export tour:

Gary, The coffee I brought home, Rio Intag, is really good. I took the suggestion to use a French press and it is SO good. I inquired at some local coffee shops and they are interested in getting some samples; however, they roast their own beans, so I would need to bring back ‘green beans’. Would that be possible and does this idea have any merit for Import/Export? I noted that the Café Tostado En Grano that I brought home is ‘100% Arabica and is shade grown under native trees’. If it is Organic to boot and perhaps ‘fair trade’, I think I could do a pretty good business with it. Thanks.”

Another Ecuador export tour delegate wrote:

Just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful 12 days. Lisa and I had a great time.  Lisa’s mother got her flowers today and she says they are spectacular.

I have asked the flower supplier about importing them here to Atlanta for central distribution.  We are also investigating importing the wooden mini blinds we saw in one of the houses for sale in Cotacachi.  Thanks again for a great experience. Cheers,

One reason these courses are helping so many delegates earn income is Roberto’s experience in getting Ecuador products and selling them in the US.

Roberto is a licensed Ecuador exporter and has an extensive background in import/export and offers a full Ecuador export logistical service.

You’ll see Ecuador art like this water color.

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Tour delegates meet great wood carving masters.

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One can see work like this and incredible antique desks, tables and chairs.

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See almost every type of leather product that exists!

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Plus all types of flowers

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Attend Roberto’s Ecuador export course and receive our course on how to market products on the internet FREE.  Click here  Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

When you enroll in Roberto’s tour I will email you our “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course” (offered at $299) free of charge.

See a myriad of Otavalo scarves.

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There are so many wonderful designs….

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colors…

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textures and…

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uses of Ecuador textiles from ponchos to…

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hammocks to…

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sweaters to…

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art and handicrafts to…

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reed furniture… musical instruments and rugs and mats.  The experience stimulates funky business ideas.

Join Roberto Ribadeneira this July 28-31 but go ahead  now and receive our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $299.

Enroll now. $799  Couples $999.

The tour visits the markets, famous and obscure where hand made, on one of a kind crafts are sold.

Meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers and visit them in their workshops, homes and markets.

Over the past 15 years, Roberto has been buying and selling Ecuador exports to create this tour that helps potential exporters  really experience the Export Trail.

You can find ways to increase security, independence, freedom, wealth and well-being while helping this very deserving country and its indigenous people.

Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and opportunities for a new business.

Small at home export businesses can set us free.

The first benefit of an Ecuador export businesses is the beauty and serenity of Ecuador.  When in Ecuador Merri and I greeted each dawn with a walk through gentle Cotacachi, a village filled with peace.  Here is one of the many lamp lined avenues shining in the morn.

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What a great business to enjoy this and make money as well.

There is such satisfaction in having a business that allows us to travel and live in places we choose. Such freedom..such fun not to mention the profit arising each day and finding yet more money rolling in.

Join other like minded souls this year in Ecuador to learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through Ecuadorian exports.

See opportunity everywhere in Ecuador.

In wood products.

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Wood carvers in San Antonia de Ibarra.

In art

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This ancient Ecuador art form painted in sheep skin evolved from drum making.

Meet the friendly vendors in Otavalo market, young and…

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old.

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See textiles used in so many different ways.

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Textiles on purses.

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Textiles in ponchos, scarves and skirts, plus Panama hats original to Ecuador.

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Textiles as head dress and…

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beads as well as designed clothing.

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Hand made designs everywhere.

You’ll go to the high Andes. You’ll see products from Zuleta where they create handmade “green” cotton-one-of-a-kind tableware, shirts, specialty items. You’ll travel everyday to see different markets, crafts people and masters who create special products that will make your eyes gleam with delight…both for their uniqueness and salability.

Over the years Roberto has combined his knowledge and experience with contacts to create an export support service that can look after every part of your Ecuador export process.

Visit Ecuador’s best product markets like…

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Otavalo market and meet the artisans

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so you can bring Ecuador exports to your world.

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Join Roberto Ribadeneira this July 28-31 but receive our emailed course on how to have a web business free now.  Save $299.

Enroll now. $799  Couples $999.

 

Cotacachi Ecuador – Gated Community Home


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Magnificent Custom Home In Cotacachi Ecuador Private Gated Community

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Gated entry to front courtyard.

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Fountain in front courtyard.

The retirement home of your dreams awaits you in the beautiful Cotacachi Valley of Ecuador.

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View of Mount Cotacachi from rear patio.  Click on images to enlarge.

Cotacachi is just two hours north of Quito, the capitol city of Ecuador, but much closer to the new Quito Airport which is almost equidistant between Cotacachi and Quito.

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View of Mount Imbabura from office.

Enjoy the tranquil beauty and splendor of the Andean Mountains as you sit in front of the fireplace on your huge covered patio.

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Front door to your Cotacachi gated home

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Entrance foyer.

This spacious and beautiful home was built with the retiree in mind.

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Massive great room with 14 foot ceiling.

A combination of low home maintenance, around the clock security and being within a 15 minute walk to the center of town makes retirement life easy.

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Numerous custom architectural features throughout. One of seven niches at end of hallway leading into master suite.

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Formal living room.

Designed to accommodate and spoil its owners and their guests, this floor plan home features all of the modern creature comforts you would expect to find at any upscale community in Europe or North America.

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Master bedroom with fireplace.

The luxurious master suite features an enormous bathroom with soaking tub and a separate shower, huge walk-in closet and a private office with a built in desk, storage and wall to wall bookshelves.

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Oversize soaking tub in master bedroom.

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Guest suite fireplace.

Another private bedroom suite, ideal for long-term guests, is located at the opposite end of the house. This unique design provides your guests with their own spaces.

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Guest bedroom.

The two ensuite bedrooms have separate entrances to the large, covered patio and backyard. Each bedroom has a wood burning fireplace as does the great room and the rear patio.

The spacious covered patio is open to living areas for fabulous entertaining.

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Formal dining room

Prefer entertaining a bit more formally? You will find the formal dining and living rooms to be ideal for your chic parties.

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You will fall head over heels for the lovely gourmet kitchen with its large breakfast bar, oversized handmade cabinets, imported granite counter tops and top of the line stainless steel appliances.

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Kitchen island and lighted niches.

No problem finding storage for all of your extra pots and pans with a pantry and a full walk in bodega (storage room) just around the corner.

Best yet, this is all on one level with no stairs to climb. This is a hardly lived in (less than 16 months) and well cared for home. Don’t miss out on this superb home.

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION
*2 Master Suites
*3 Full Bathrooms
*4,160 sq ft
*Lot Size: 21,926 sq ft
*Built In 2012 (lived in for 16 Months)
*$72 sq ft

The house is partially furnished. A list of furnishing is available upon request.

Asking price…..$299,900  (including a private 9,133 sq ft garden plot within the same development)

For more information contact Jim Lovell at jrlovell@hotmail.com

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence. Always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. We also recommend that you rent, become familiar with Ecuador before you buy.

 

Unique Cotacachi – Very Large Garden Property


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Cotacachi – Unique, very large garden property in the center of town.

Perfect land to construct a quality home development with municipal designated building use for multi homes on ¼ acre or smaller parcels.

A very rare 4 acre property with beautiful grounds in the most exclusive neighborhood of Cotacachi.

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Hundreds of native species trees including avocado trees.

In the beautiful mountain village of Cotacachi a prime piece of land has just become available. If you are looking for DEVELOPMENT land for the Expat market on which to build your dream home(s) then you are duty-bound to consider this property, one of the prettiest pieces of land in the Ecuadorian Andes. This 4 acre (16,000 square meter) property has more than two hundred native-species trees and is blessed with spectacular views to two dormant volcanoes, one that has a peak often dusted with snow. An eight to ten foot wall surrounds the property.

Of course, there are other pretty pieces of land around Ecuador but this piece of land has a LOCATION that is ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE. This property is bordered by La Mirage, the which has been the ONLY Relais and Chateau standard Garden Hotel and Spa in Ecuador. Imagine that ..  take just a short stroll around the property and you could be indulging yourself in a luxurious day-spa treatment or enjoying an Ecuadorian/French cuisine dinner!

I can guarantee there is no other similar piece of land for sale in Ecuador that has this quality of location.

Other neighbors include the first gated community built for foreigners in Cotacachi, 30 adobe houses, with exquisite designs.

Another neighbor has built a 1,800 square foot minimalist design home that wouldn’t be out of place in an architecture magazine, and then another neighbor has a 4,000 square foot home with an adjoining private art gallery.
The property really is within a 10 minute walking distance of the main street of Cotacachi.

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Beautiful paths to stroll around.

Only a wall separates this property from the grounds of a 5* Hotel-Spa, La Mirage.
To the west is the first gated community for expats in Cotacachi, the prestigious San Miguel.

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Entrance to the property

Leading to mature gardens with views to Mount Imbabura and …

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Mount Cotacachi … and ….

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….. mountain views to the north.

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Extensive flat areas suitable for single home construction or multi-home development.

Price $335,000

For more information visit WWW.UNIQUE-COTACACHI-LAND.COM or call Steve Marchant at (+593) 9866 87937 or write Steve at buenafortuna@hotmail.com

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence.  Always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. We also recommend that you rent, become familiar with Ecuador before you buy.

LIVING IN COTACACHI IN 2014


If you are going to Ecuador, it would be good to know Spanish.  This is the last week to enroll in the July Super Shinking + Spanish course.  See details of the 2 4 1 offer below.

First, here is part two of the series:  Living in Cotacachi by Steve Marchant.

Although there most definitely have been changes in Cotacachi due to the expat influx, the most significant are not readily discernible. To get a better handle on those subtle changes I decided to ask some questions to one of the very first retiree expats who arrived in Cotacachi in late 2006/ early 2007. She and her husband had an early setback but on the whole have a very positive attitude and feeling about Cotacachi. You can see the interview below.

I also asked many local folk for their views. There is a strong concurrence in viewpoints along the following lines; the expat arrivals’ main negative effect has been rising property prices and the main positive effect has been increased employment. A lesser benefit has been some cultural exchange, especially access to English tuition but also some aid to local communities. When I asked questions, I also asked about more general change and the principal changes mentioned were better roads and also new buildings. In the last 7 years Cotacachi now has a large new high school and also a courthouse.

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New Cotacachi courthouse

Below the interview with Julie W.

Q: How many years have you lived in Cotacachi?

A: We’re in to our 7th year now.

Q: What attracted you to Cotacachi in the first place?

We loved the “village concept” where we could walk to town where the locals greet one another.  We liked the small town atmosphere of less traffic, less pollution and a quiet and peaceful life.

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Schoolboy walking home through the well-kept main town square.

Q: Remembering that initial attraction, did you feel a honeymoon period when you first came?

A: Yes and no.  In many ways, we still feel like we are in the honeymoon period.  We truly love our life here.  And despite those things that are not nearly as efficient as in the States, we have not found it a problem to adjust.

Of course when you live somewhere for awhile, everyday life begins to happen. Ecuador is a different and beautiful culture, but it has its challenges also.  People cannot come here and expect everything to be like it is in the States or Canada or wherever they are from.  You need to be realistic about life in a foreign country, especially in a developing nation.  If you are not comfortable in the country, then it is best not to move there.

Burglaries have increased in Cotacachi with the increase in the expat population.  The first three years we were here, you didn’t hear of any burglaries as you do now.  We have also been broken into, so we have found that you do have to secure your property and that is just part of living here.  So we just take the steps necessary to resolve that challenge.

Q: Cotacachi has changed in some ways since 2006/7 – what changes have you observed?

A: Well, for one thing, the increase of the expat community has caused prices for property to increase, in some cases 3 times as much. This is a bit problematic for the locals and the culture in general as the prices that looked so good to expats are often unaffordable for the average Ecuadorian, particularly here in Cotacachi.

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Italian restaurant started in Cotacachi by expat entrepreneur.

A: And of course you see more businesses that expats have started, particularly restaurants and “hang out” places.  But also laundry mats, yoga classes, movie theater, etc., and other kinds of things the expats are used to but were not here before.
A bigger expat population does increase the opportunities for friendships from your own culture and with those who speak your language.  And it also, in some cases, reduces the need to learn Spanish or to interact with the locals.  But we’re not sure that is necessarily a positive thing, but it is a change.  We think it is important to have Ecuadorian friends and become a good neighbor, not just be some strangers who are living in their separate communities and do not feel part of the Cotacachi community.

Also, we notice that some of the locals are not quite as friendly as they were when we first arrived.  This could possibly be because they are more used to expats and we are not such a novelty anymore.  And another contributing factor might be that some expats have not integrated that well and have stood out as not being respectful or too impatient or demanding with the people and the culture.

There is also an increased police presence in the last 6 years, with a new police station built just last year.  In the past there were just a handful of officers for the entire Cotacachi canton. [County]

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Relaxed policeman on Cotacachi corner

Q: How have those changes worked for you? For example, the fact that there are more retirees in Cotacachi now … is that a good thing as far as you are concerned?

Other than the inflated value of properties and building costs, we don’t really see the increase in expats here as good or bad.  Much depends on the people that arrive here and how they interact within the community.  Fortunately, in general, the expats have integrated into the Ecuadorian lifestyle–meaning, that the town has not become a Westernized town.  It still feels like the same Cotacachi that we moved into  6 years ago with the dozens of leather shops, numerous bakeries, small fruit and vegetable shops and local restaurants that frequently go in and out of business.  Even with the increased expats businesses, etc., you don’t walk through the town and feel like you are in some Western resort with all the fancy high-end shops, etc.

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Local expat restaurant and hangout employing local indigenous ladies.

Q: Are you enjoying your experience of living in Cotacachi?

Yes, we love living here and love Cotacachi and the people here.  We travel a bit, and every time we return home, we are so grateful for the beauty, clean air, and the magnificent mountains that surround us.

Q: What hopes and expectations do you have for how Cotacachi is going to be in the next couple of years and also how your li(fe)ves in Cotacachi will be?

We just expect living here to get better and better.  The northern influence also has its benefits to the Ecuadorians as does the Ecuadorian lifestyle has for us Westerners.  We see how more workers tend to come to work on time now, how people are more likely to show up when they say they will, and just a little more respectful of time than when we first arrived.

People here work to live rather than live to work.  So you see a lot more happy people even if they do not have all the material luxuries that we think we need to be happy.  Family is important and it is so wonderful to see families spending time together on weekends and genuinely enjoying each other.  And, of course, they love parties and celebrations.

When we originally made the decision to move to Ecuador, some of our friends in the States were very concerned saying that it was a big move, and what if we didn’t like it?  And we answered, “We’ll do something else.”  But that is not the case.  We never had any doubts then nor do we now.

Thank you so much for your time and thoughts Julie.

Steve