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Cuenca Condo Near Yanuncay River Park


Three bedroom condo in one of the nest locations in Cuenca near the the Yanuncay River trail that runs all the way to Loja. 

The park has playground and exercise equipment and the trail is wonderful for hiking and biking.

The condo is across the street from the Rio Yanuncay greenway and is close to shopping and a short taxi ride to El Centro.

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Yanuncay River Cuenca Ecuador.

This condo in one of Cuenca’s nicest condominium projects.

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The condo is fully furnished and equipped including dishwasher and washer – dryer.

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This is a 3-bedroom apartment.

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There is a social area outside the bedrooms.

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The property has 1,300 square feet with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a garage.

Asking price $145,000.

For more details contact Rick Brown at rhbrown234@gmail.com

Gary

 

 

 

Cuenca Penthouse for Sale


Cuenca Ecuador condo for sale.  2,000 square feet with huge terrace.

Views from the terrace.

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For those who want the feel of downtown, but away from the bus fumes, pollution, and big city-center noise, this 2,000 square foot, three bedroom, six bath Cuenca penthouse with views from a huge 935 square foot private terrace is waiting for you!

The penthouse is located within a five minute cab ride (15 minute walk) to the historic district of Cuenca, and is just minutes away from the Las Americas Supermaxi grocery store and the celebrated home store, Su Casa. It is only a 10-minute walk to the city’s largest indigenous market, Feria Libre.

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Living area

Situated in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood of small high-rises, and set away from the main road on a cul de sac, the condo building is quiet, yet is still only a half a block from the new Tranvia (Tram system,) affording quick transport in and around all of Cuenca.

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The open concept living room has two beautiful built-in travertine stone walls, tile flooring and wall-to-wall windows looking out on the gorgeous views. The oversized living/dining area provides plenty of options for re-configuring the space, depending on your personal needs.  A large entryway welcomes you into the living area.

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The open concept living room has two beautiful built-in travertine stone walls, tile flooring and wall-to-wall windows looking out on the gorgeous views. The oversized living/dining area provides plenty of options for re-configuring the space, depending on your personal needs.  A large entryway welcomes you into the living area.

This unusual, two-story penthouse boasts a gorgeous Master Suite, with hardwood floors, crown molding and lots of light. The Master also has a custom built desk and drawers galore.  A sliding glass door leads out onto the stunning 935- square-foot terrace, with some of the best city views around. Whether it’s a private party for friends or a special event, this terrace has room to spare, and is the perfect place for entertaining, gardening or just enjoying life.  The terrace is surrounded by a secure stainless steel fence that the owner paid $5,000.  The fence is included in the purchase price.The large cook’s kitchen — separated from the living and dining room for convenience and privacy — has hardwood kitchen cabinets and plenty of storage and work surfaces.

The large cook’s kitchen — separated from the living and dining room for convenience and privacy — has hardwood kitchen cabinets and plenty of storage and work surfaces.

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A large refrigerator, stove, range hood, and full-size washer and dryer are included in the purchase price.  A big pantry and storage room are located right by the kitchen.

On the main floor, you will find the guest room and guest bath, plus a second bedroom, a separate laundry room, and the maid’s quarters (currently being used as a sauna room — sauna not included in the sale price.)  This room could be used as a sauna or mediation room, a small office or for additional storage.

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There is also a study with a row of lovely windows, that comes with built-in bookshelves, a closet and custom drawers, affording the possibility of this being turned into a 4th bedroom.  The study’s bookshelves and a solid wood desk are included in the purchase price.

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Office.

There are six bathrooms in this penthouse. Four have showers and two have bathtubs as well. A particularly large bathroom is currently being used for storage and to store bikes when not in use.

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Located on a small cul de sac, this Cuenca Apartment Building has an alarm system for security and a guard service, plus an elevator for easy access to the condo.  There is a generator for when the electricity goes out. It also has two back-to-back parking spaces and a large bodega (storage unit) located in the very secure basement.

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Second bedroom

social bathroom

Social bathroom.

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Guest bedroom.

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Exercise room.

The asking price for this special, two-story penthouse is $315.000.  Select Furnishings and All Kitchen & Laundry Appliances are Negotiable.

For more details, pictures and information contact Susan Schenck at LiveFoodFactor@yahoo.com

Your Country Home Near Cuenca Ecuador


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Live in the country, near Cuenca, Ecuador but  nestled in the magical Paute River Valley at beautiful Rio Vista Linda.

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This little bit of Heaven located in the Andes Mountains has everything to make you feel right at home! We are in the process of designing the first of seven homes to be built on our remaining lots. You can see some of the designs our architect has built in our YOUR DREAM HOME page by clicking on the link above.

There is rich and productive farm land on each lot. And of course you can produce a fantastic garden of your own!

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Water abounds in the project! We have clear mountain canal water available to each lot for gardening and livestock! We have put the local utilities -city water and electrical systems- underground to keep to natural beauty of the land.

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Breathtaking views of the lush river valley and surrounding mountains are  your first impressions. Next you notice the mild temperate climate and pure fresh air that is so invigorating.

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The lots are private, quiet, peaceful and safe. Just perfect for your new home in the country!

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Minutes away is the small village of Guachapala. It’s a quaint farming village with real charm. If you need something,  there are small convenience stores. You will also find a car wash, small restaurants, taxi cab service, police station, new sport arena and soccer field, an even a children’s water park with refreshment area. Country conveniences near home!

Ten minutes drive is the bustling town of Paute where you’ll find shops, restaurants, banks, hardware stores, building supplies, medical clinic, hospital, and a year round farmers market with every kind of fresh fruit and vegetables imaginable!
The whole community comes out for market days and it’s quite a sight to behold! Paute is known for the best fresh vegetables and other produce in the whole state of Azuay.

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There are several lot types where you can have us build a new home or you can move in now.  The first custom home is complete and details are below.

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This newly constructed home is 50 minutes from Cuenca and near the town of Guachapala.

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Overlooking the Paute River Reservoir, this home is located within the small sustainable cooperative community of Rio Vista Linda.

The lot features underground utilities, mountain fresh canal water, exceptionally good soil for growing just about anything you can imagine.

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There are wonderful mountain and river views. This Ecuador home provides perfect quiet and safe country living.

House features includes:

House is 240 m2 (approx. 2400 sq.ft.) The lot size is approx. 2700m2 (approx. 27,000 sq. ft.).  There are 3 bedroom 3.5 baths all new construction.

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Large living/dining area with fireplace, vaulted ceilings, skylights, artisan tiles, custom lights, cable TV connections, reservoir views and veranda.

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Two large guest bedrooms with private baths.

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There are walk-through closets, custom lighting, and satellite TV connections.

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Large Master bedroom with private veranda, vaulted ceiling, custom lights, custom closets and cabinets, large master bath with tub and shower.

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Exceptional views!

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House has a security system, automatic front gate, front gate intercom system, satellite connection in living room/dining area, and all bedrooms.

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Modern Kitchen with serving bar, deep double stainless steel sinks, granite counter tops, and separate utility/pantry room with sink, storage cabinets, and washer/dryer connections.

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Other construction features include double corrugated/tile roof with heavy steel framing, extra steel within all walls and flooring, plastics water barrier under slab, septic system, motion detector, outside lighting, internal security system, satellite ready wiring throughout the house, gray water system.

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This wonderful country home on the Paute Reservoir is just 50 minutes drive from Cuenca. Perfect year round weather and excellent soil for growing just about anything.

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Underground utilities, fresh mountain canal water, peaceful and healthy environment!

Cooperative community!

The community has two green areas, three waterfalls, and two horses available for riding.

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This is a very rare and beautiful home and piece of land just right for country living.

The house is listed for $199,000.

Contact us for more information about this home or any of the remaining lots and with questions about available finance.

For more details email James Carroll at  jacarroll58@yahoo.com

or call:

U.S. calls   011 593 99 293 5210

In Ecuador call   099 293 5210

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.

 

Near Cuenca – New Mountain View Country Home


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Newly Constructed Country Home 50 minutes from Cuenca, Ecuador, near the town of Guachapala.

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Overlooking the Paute River Reservoir, this home is located within the small sustainable cooperative community of Rio Vista Linda.

The lot features underground utilizes, mountain fresh canal water, exceptionally good soil for growing just about anything you can imagine.

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There are wonderful mountain and river views. This Ecuador home provides perfect quiet and safe country living.

House features includes:

House is 240 m2 (approx. 2400 sq.ft.) The lot size is approx. 2700m2 (approx. 27,000 sq. ft.).  There are 3 bedroom 3.5 baths all new construction.

New Cuenca home

Large living/dinning area with fireplace, vaulted ceilings, skylights, artisan tiles, custom lights, cable TV connections, reservoir views, and veranda.

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Two large guest bedrooms with private baths.

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There are walk through closets, custom lighting, and satellite TV connections.

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Large Master bedroom with private veranda, vaulted ceiling, custom lights, custom closets and cabinets, large master bath with tub and shower.

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Exceptional views!

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House has a security system, automatic front gate, front gate intercom system, satellite connection in Living room/dining area, and all bedrooms.

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Modern Kitchen with serving bar, deep double stainless steel sinks, granite counter tops, and separate utility/pantry room with sink, storage cabinets, and washer/dryer connections.

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Other construction features include, double corrugated/tile roof with heavy steel framing, extra steel within all walls and flooring, plastics water barrier under slab, septic system, motion detecting outside lighting, internal security system, satellite ready wiring throughout the house, gray water system.

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This wonderful country home on the Paute Reservoir is just 50 minutes drive from Cuenca. Perfect year round weather and excellent soil for growing just about anything.

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Underground utilities, fresh mountain canal water, peaceful and healthy environment!

Cooperative community!

The community has two green areas, three waterfalls, and two horses available for riding.

New Cuenca home

This is a very rare and beautiful home and piece of land just right for country living.

The house is listing for $215,000.

For information contact  James Carroll at jacarroll58@yahoo.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.

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Learn Spanish Three Days In Cuenca


Ecuador Karma


Here is a Cuenca, Ecuador note from Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown.

Karma will get you…

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about “Happy Dogs Cuenca” and its irrepressible founder, Inge Palmer. Many of us believe our actions or “in-actions” have consequences. Even the word, Karma, has entered everyday vernacular as a means of describing “cause and effect”.

Last month, was the 4th Annual Christmas Gala and Fundraiser for Hearts of Gold. The organization is one of many supported by expats doing good work and volunteering  in Cuenca.

Every year, one of the highlights is the auctioning of a special 1908 Double Eagle gold coin. Each year, Richard Verkley, one of the founders of the charity, retells the story of the gold coin. How a man named, Ron, who was somewhat down on his luck, and although he really couldn’t afford to, donated this gold coin to the organization. And shortly after donating that gold coin, that individual’s financial fortunes turned around.

Richard goes on to say that every year since, the winner of the gold coin has returned it back to the organization to be re-auctioned for more money in the following year. That’s a very generous donation by these past winners!   This year’s bidding started and surpassed the $2,000 mark. Many in the audience, were thinking “if I won the gold coin, would I keep it or have the guts to re-gift it back to the charity?”  As all previous winners of the gold coin, this year’s lucky winners, Neil and Inge Palmer, donated this special gold coin back to Hearts of Gold. Cuenca expats giving over $2,000 to a good cause is always admirable, and the generosity should be recognized and applauded.

But as Paul Harvey used to say: here’s the rest of the story….

At this year’s event, Hearts of Gold also had a lottery for a new car or $15,000 in cash.  After much anticipation, the winning ticket was drawn. And to everyone’s surprise, the winners were none other than the Palmers. The same couple who just minutes earlier had re-donated that special gold coin. A $2,000 donation, minutes later returned a $15,000 jackpot.

Instant Karma!  Now if this isn’t astounding enough, after winning $15,000, the Palmers announced they in turn are donating money to their favourite charity, “Happy Dogs”.

Its purpose since being founded in 2012 is to reduce the over-population of unwanted dogs and cats in Cuenca via education and spay and neuter clinics. This is a major issue throughout South America.

Sometimes in life, we need concrete reminders of universal principles of good to live by.

This is one fine example.  While most of us will never have the opportunity to donate a gold coin to a worthy cause, or $15,000 to our favourite charity, we have opportunities every day to practice generosity: a helping hand to a neighbour, an ear to someone in need, even a quick smile to a stranger. Who knows what may be waiting around the corner in return?

Note: if you would like to learn more about Happy Dogs go to: www.facebook.com/happydogsincuencaspayandneuter

Rick Brown

Cuenca Home for Sale


This paid advertisement shows a luxury Cuenca home for sale.

Cuenca House For Sale

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Landscaped garden.

Click on the images of this Cuenca home to enlarge.

Description

This home has been remodeled to North American standards, including the gourmet kitchen.  The kitchen is designed for the serious cook with built-in stainless steel appliances including  a GE electric convection oven (220v).

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Kitchen.

Climb the beautiful all wood staircase to the third floor and let your breath be taken away by the stunning views of the blue three-domed Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the historic area of downtown Cuenca.

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First terrace picture.

Even more riveting at night, you can enjoy the temperate climate of Cuenca with freshly poured glasses of wine while taking in the twinkling lights of the city and of the homes nestled in the Cajas Mountains.

This residence is located on the north side of Cuenca in the desirable and upcoming Bellavista neighborhood (Cristo Rey). It has 3,000 square feet with a master bedroom consisting of a 3-room suite, with a total of 3 ½ bathrooms.

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Master bedroom.

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Master bedroom closet.

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Master bedroom dressing room suite.

Usually missing in Ecuadorian homes, this property has a small grass covered, landscaped front yard and a larger grass covered rear yard – fully landscaped with hard-wired landscape lighting.

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Patio.

The kitchen is designed for the serious cook with built-in stainless steel appliances:  a GE electric oven (220v), as well as, a 5-burner GE gas oven, GE refrigerator, and a GE dishwasher. Don’t overlook the attractive granite countertops, a granite topped island with electric, and a breakfast bar with matching granite.

3 bedrooms | 3 ½ baths | 3,000 sq. ft.

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Living room.

Features
▪    10-person custom-designed and locally crafted wood dining room table
▪    2-flat screen televisions
▪    2-hot water heaters
▪    Two room casita (could be mother-in-law suite) at the rear of the property with water and electricity
▪    Laminated flooring in the living room, dining room, and foyer
▪    Gas heaters for the living room and the casita (cylinders installed outside)
▪    A short 10-minute walk to the Historic Center
▪    GE washer, GE gas dryer, and an upright freezer are included
▪    Brand new hardwood floors in the three-room master bedroom suite
▪    Original eucalyptus hardwood floors on the second and third floors
▪    Recessed lighting throughout
▪    Stunning downtown city view from the third floor tiled terrace (16 ft. X 20 ft.)
▪    A master bathroom with luxurious, rich tile and a 10 jet Jacuzzi bathtub, plus an extra large shower with a rainfall shower head
▪    Working gas fireplace in the living room
▪    Carport
▪    Fully installed and monitored alarm system with security personnel responders
▪    2900 sq. ft. of land

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Dining room.

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Turnkey ready!

No need to remodel – it’s already been completed!

Just walk into a home you would love to live in!

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Living room.

Take advantage of having the remodeling already completed: reworked traffic floor plan so that traffic flows seamlessly throughout the house, a full functioning plumbing system, with appliances and light fixtures included,

General Torres 19-53 and Avienda de las Americas,
one block south of Av. de Las Americas

Shown by appointment only

Directions: From Parque Calderon go west three blocks to Calle Tarqui. Turn right (north) and continue to Av. de Las Americas. Turn right (east) for one block and then right (south) on General Torres for one block. The house is cream in color on the right (west) side of the street.
General Torres 19-53 and Avenida de las Americas

Layout Description

Ground floor: carport, landscaped front yard, living room with a fireplace, dining room, kitchen, pantry, half-bath, landscaped back yard, and a two-room casita (could be mother-in-law suite).

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Car port.

Second floor: library, office, three-room master bedroom suite, full bathroom, guest bedroom with a detached full bathroom, and a Romeo and Juliet balcony.

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Third floor: large game / hobby room, guest bedroom, detached full bathroom, large storage room, and a large terrace with a fireplace with a view of the beautiful downtown.

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Second terrace picture.

Price $219,000

All appliances and furniture available at an additional cost.”

Money for purchase price should be placed in United States bank or
price will increase by 5%.

Rest your head on your own pillow in your own house!

To see more photos or arrange an appointment contact: email Wally or Hazel Mountz (wallymountz@gmail.com)
or call 099 278-1646 / 07 282-4621

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.

Inspect Cuenca real estate and learn Spanish at the same time!

 

 

New B & B in Cuenca Ecuador


There is a new American run B & B in Cuenca.  Our Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown, sent the note below.

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

I recently visited Bill Dixon at his new Cuenca Inn B&B located at Don Bosco and Santa Maria Streets in Cuenca, Ecuador.  This is Bill’s third project in Cuenca and shows what a beautiful creation he can make.

The Inn itself is in a large home well back from the road.

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View from near Cuenca Inn B&B.

It has four good sized guest rooms, two with bathroom en suite and TVs.

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There is  a wonderful large central covered courtyard with TV, a central fire pit and lots of plants.

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TV room for guests.

A guest living room with TV and big comfortable sofas adjoin the courtyard.

There is also a small bar area just off the courtyard  that we all enjoyed.  The Inn is very well appointed and the ambiance is warm and conducive to the comforts of a home away from home.  Internet/WIFI is good and Magic Jack is available to guests for long distance calling, along with pyre-loaded local cell phones.

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Cuenca Inn Dining Room.

At the same time I was visiting Bill, Neil and Inge (another retired couple) were there as well. We all enjoyed a great meal and hobnobbed about the state of affairs in North America for about three or four hours while enjoying a couple of bottles of wine.

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Cuenca Inn bar.

The Inn has a reasonably sized, fully equipped kitchen where breakfast is prepared. Bill created a superb dinner for us all including South African style BBQ Grilled Chicken with a very tasty vegetable casserole Au Gratin and an appetizer of his own design.  We had somewhat of an argument trying to name.  It consisted of layers of corn chips, peppers, cheese, chilies, some secret ingredients and was served with a wonderfully flavored home made red pepper jelly.  We finally settled on Bill’s Deep Dish Corn Chip Pizza as a name for it.  It was sweet and spicy,  crispy and very well balanced, well received by all, as was the rest of the food.

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Cuenca Inn Kitchen.

As I said previously we sat around the fire pit enjoying the conversation and the wine until well past 11 PM.  No one really wanted to leave but Bill had engagements in the morning and eventually we had to call it a day. Since the Inn is at a fairly major cross street we had no trouble hailing a taxi back to Ordonez Lasso where it turned out Neil, Inge and I all lived.

Bill and I had originally met in Oshawa when he attended our Super Thinking / Super Spanish course prior to coming to Cuenca.  He indicated that it had been a really good investment on his part as he had acquired the language basics he needed, and it gave him the confidence to make the change in his location and his life.

He actually attended the Super thinking / Super Spanish course twice about 3 months apart. He says he was amazed at how much of the first course he remembered on the second time around. He really threw his all into the course and got a lot out of both sessions.

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Cuenca Inn hosts, Bill Dixon (left), Michael and Deanna.

Cuenca Inn is offering Ecuador Living Club members a 20% discount on room rates and a hearty and warm welcome to Cuenca.  You can make reservations or get further details  from Bill Dixon at billdixon700@hotmail.com.

That’s all for now except that you should come and visit Ecuador whenever you can. You will not be disappointed!

Rick Brown, Super Spanish Teacher

Cuenca, Ecuador Special Olympics


Here is a note from Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown.

Special Olympics Azuay

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“What I noticed specifically was that the youngest were first in line. “

A recent Sunday provided me an introduction to some of the athletes and organizers of the “Olympiad Especial de Azuay”

Most of you will be familiar with the international “Special Olympics” organization.  This organization has sub units in many countries of which Ecuador happens to be one.  Most provinces in Ecuador have a chapter and each chapter fields team of disabled athletes in soccer, track and field and other sports.

If you want to learn how to operate on an absolute shoe string budget these people can show you how.  They receive no government funding and rely totally on donations either from the families of the athletes or the Ecuadorian public at large.

They are predominantly a volunteer based organization and up until recently operated a small office in Cuenca.  This was closed recently due to financial lack to keep it open.

The current situation here in Ecuador has become rather difficult with the petroleum industry (one of Ecuador’s main export products) in an absolute mess financially.  Many of the traditional supporters of the Special Olympics movement have been forced to back away from providing the financial support they once did.

At the moment Azuay has about 150 athletes.  The difficulty of fielding teams with no budget is quite daunting.  One of the primary difficulties is team uniforms.  While some families are able to help out financially others are desperately poor and cannot afford to contribute.  This leads to their kids not being able to compete as they have no uniforms.

What leads to all this is the Sunday meeting I referred to above.  I was with Nelly Sarmiento the director of the Azuay committee.  We were attending a get together in a park with about 40 athletes and  some of their family members.  When lunch time rolled around there was nothing to eat.  I asked what the plans were and was told that today there was no money to provide the usual lunch that the kids were accustomed to.

Apparently the lunches that they were used to were pretty spartan.  A sandwich and a drink was the usual.  I drew Nelly aside and asked her if I could provide the lunch for the kids. She lit right up and said sure but that it would be expensive.  I asked what expensive meant and was told about a dollar each person.  This would provide a hot dog and a drink.  There were about 45 people all told so it would amount to $45.  I thought it over for about 2 seconds and agreed.

We took her car to a local take out place and emerged about 15 minutes later with 45 hot dogs and 45 cups of coconut drinks and wheeled it back to the park.  There the volunteers took over and distributed the food and drinks to all.

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What I noticed specifically was that the youngest were first in line.  The older kids hung back until they were sure that the younger were fed.  Then the older kids lined up and got their rations.  There did not seem to be anything said that obliged them to work this way.  They just did it. Then the parents received their food and then at last the volunteers.

Following the meal they all placed the empty cups and papers in the garbage container and solemnly made their way over to me and with a hearty “Gracias/Muchos Gracias” each and every one shook my hand.  They were very grateful for the treat.  I don’t know for sure who told them I had paid for the food but I have some suspicions.

A few came back several times to thank me.  They seemed to get a kick out of it.  I was quite touched that they took the trouble to do this. I don’t imagine that in Canada or the US the response would be as heart felt as it was in Ecuador.  The Ecuadorian people, as Merri Scott says, are most gracious and hospitable.  They seem to sincerely appreciate it when someone does something for them.

I have yet to see someone intentionally being ignorant or overbearing here in Ecuador.  This is not to say that there are not people who cause problems but just that I have not personally encountered them.  They must be pretty few and far between!

In future posts, I’ll discuss further adventures with this organization.

Have a great day!

Rick

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The older kids hung back until they were sure that the younger were fed.

Rick often helps Ecuador Living club members in Cuenca.

How Ecuador Living Club Works

Here is an example of what the Ecuador Living Club can do for you in Ecuador.  A club member sent this note.

We are coast looking at real estate.  Thanks so much for hooking us up with the brokers and attorneys.

“My wife & I need some assistance, please Gary.

We both have seen the local Doctor, both for what she said were respiratory track infections.  Our symptoms were similar but not exactly the same.

After injections and prescriptions my wife is coughing too much and is now awake most of the night, almost finished her antibiotics, and stopped taking the antihistamine because of severe shaking and nausea.

I developed a nose bleed after the course of prescriptions, and had to go to the Hospital. They were able to stop the steady flow of blood, but each night I wake with a nose bleed.

We both need to see another doctor ASAP.   We have a friend who has a Hostal here who is letting me use his internet service for now, so I will try to wait for your response.”

We contacted a member of our Ateam Ecuador and were able to help this couple within the hour.

The club members sent this note the next day:   Thank you so much for the referral.  My wife was able to see a doctor immediately, and received first class treatment and is feeling much better from a tracheal infection. Total bill $40 + about $30 for prescriptions. I saw a ENT specialist within 3 hours who cauterized a broken capillary vein in my nose, all professional and a total bill of $50.

You were a great help to a couple of new Gringos in Ecuador.

 

Cuenca English


This Ecuador story is the third in a series outlining Super Spanish teacher Rick Brown’s trip to Cuenca.

Please note that there is a photo below of a roasted pig on a spit.  A similar image of a roasted  pig in a previous article upset a couple of readers so if looking at roasted pig upsets you… stop reading now.  Also a note of warning, the photo shows some rotisserie chicken.  During the years Merri and I took thousands of people on tour in Ecuador, rarely did anyone fall ill, except when they ate rotisserie chicken.

Here is Rick’s note:

Not For the Necessarily Squeamish.

My meeting with one of the “Directadoras of the Special Olympics del Azuay” was an absolute turning point in my ability to live here in Cuenca. Prior to the point when I met Nelly Sarmiento  I had begun to wonder whether or not I seriously had a future here.

She has selflessly taken my sorry posterior under her wing and is guiding me through the ins and outs of living in a foreign culture and understanding the various aspects of how people live and think in the Ecuadorian culture. Make no mistake Ecuador has a distinct and vibrant culture that is all its own and well worth getting to know.

An interesting point is that she speaks almost no English and I speak “a little Spanish”. This for some reason does not seem to make a heck of a lot of difference. When we first met at a gathering she was as uncomfortable as I was with the crowd and we decided to get while the getting was good. Later when we stopped for a coffee I was able to sit quietly with her and make out some of her story.

She is a lovely woman of about 53 years and is divorced with a daughter and a dog. (People seem to adore dogs here but there are many strays on the streets that are in need of good homes.  If you decide to come here please consider adopting one or two dogs if possible).

Nelly has worked for and on behalf of handicapped people for the last 25 years. It’s a difficult job but she gets a lot of satisfaction from helping as best she can. The director’s position does not pay very much and she supplements her income by directly working with handicapped children almost every afternoon and on Saturday mornings.

I believe she bills about $10 per hour for her time and probably collects about half of what she bills. People with handicapped children are fairly cash strapped here in Ecuador and apparently the government is not offering much, if any, assistance to them here.  She still helps the kids even if she is not paid regularly. Her eyes light up when she talks about “her kids”.

I’m not sure exactly why but she has taken a liking to me and we spend some of her free time touring around Cuenca and the surrounding towns.

This is where the “Chancho” comes in. Chancho is an Ecuadorian tradition. It is a whole pig BBQ’d on a spit and is served at the roadside. For those who don’t like to see the animal it can be a bit of a shock as there it is in all its glory. It is, however, from the several times I’ve now had it an absolute taste delight! Very crispy and flavorful indeed and something you really need to try if you are a fan of pork. I prefer mine well done and they are always ready to oblige.

ecuador food

Apparently they don’t see many Gringos at the stands and I have had several of the people who run the operations strike up conversations with me. It seems almost everyone has a relative living in the states and is eager to exercise their English with me. It’s a real treat to establish communication and find out a bit about their lives.

Next week, following the Premier de Mayo weekend, I will be beginning a stint of assisting at a local high school with English conversation. It’s a very popular subject in school here. The teachers seem to be well skilled in tenses and structure of the English language but are Spanish speaking by birth.

Where I come in will be working with 14 and 15 year old kids tuning their ears to native spoken English and assisting with some staff education in English. It should be fun!

Rick