The recent loss of Air France 447 had more impact on me than I would have thought… somehow recalling the millions of miles I have logged rushing through the dark night… high… comfortable and content…. protected by a sliver of aluminum skin.
I know that flying has risk. My children flew from England to the US for Christmas on the same Pan Am flight one day after the Lockerbie disaster.
Yet over the years memories fade and one forgets that even in the most mundane events there is risk that we can view as dangerous or enlivening.
I am thinking this because recently we emailed an advertisement about a house for sale on Lake San Pablo near Otavalo and Cotacachi.
We showed pictures…
of San Pablo Lake and…
the house for sale.
This is a 2,895 square foot house on 5.43 acres on San Pablo Lake, Otavalo for sale at $250,000. To see the ad click on Ecuador lake property for sale.
Many readers wrote and asked me about those windows that were barred.
Apparently many readers asked the sellers about the bars as well since the seller recently sent me this note.
Gary, many have asked me to address the question regarding the bars on the windows.
The bars are there at this time, as no one from the family goes to the Lake House every weekend, as we are in the US, the decision was made to place these bars as we needed to make sure that our absence there will be no trespassing which we have never heard of one. Although, it is true that in Ecuador insurance companies give a discount to have the bars on the windows, the new owners can remove them if they wish, we have never had a problem of a breaking into the house or the property. Hope this addresses the matter, and as mentioned these bars can be removed without a problem.
I have more to say.
One of the great parts of living in different cultures is learning and enjoying new ways of life. Global living expands horizons… unless one tries to move expecting or even worse demanding their new home to be just like their old.
When I first moved to Hong Kong in the late 1960s, I was fresh out of Prudential sales school which included how to dress… suits, ties, blue blazers and gray flannels and such. It was refreshing to meet multi millionaires who wore robes… to see different ways of living… eating and yes they had bars on the windows there as well. They also had shotgunned Sikh guards at every bank.
Then I moved to England and traveled and worked throughout Europe. There I discovered the courtyard. Europeans do not display their wealth like Americans do. This is a culture where there has been war after war. When people have wealth they hide it inside… conservative… smart. This is especially true of the Latins… where the invasions and counter invasions have come and gone since Roman times and before.
Latins love the courtyard. Our hotel Meson de las flores… looks pretty plain outside.
I love the courtyard as well…
being outside within…
an island from the hustle and bustle and crowd.
Here are delegates at a recent course in our courtyard.
This building was built in the 1800s… not as a hotel but as a home of one of the wealthy families here. The downstairs was a stable. This is the Latin way.
Every way of life has risks of some sort. Big cities have condos with locked doors and doormen. US suburbs have gated communities… security systems and private guards.
Here in the deep mountains of North Carolina we are 3/4 of an hour from the nearest police… a mile or so from our closest neighbor and there are a some people who use drugs and meths. Last year one of our neighbors was shot and murdered by an employee caught cracking his safe. Then the robber in a panic killed the wife and son as well.
So we have a different security system.
First cameoflauge. Here is the entrance to our farm…
nothing fancy… even our office which can be seen from the road…
was built to look like an old barn. We even put a special finish on when it was new so it looked old.
An invisible target is no target at all. This is a good piece of advice in all aspects of business investing and life.
Plus if someone were to come at night… we keep a shotgun. This is the way it is in the mountains in many houses. No bars are on the windows because people know there is a risk if they break in.
This is a system that is usual, expected and effective here. Yet when our children’s friends from England visit they are amazed… all these guns!
Every aspect of life has risk. When you think about it… life would be pretty boring if not.
An international life in Ecuador, Asia, Europe, Africa, city or country brings broadened horizons because this process lets us see different ways that many cultures deal with risk. Learning all these ways makes us fuller, more balanced and wiser… if we are willing to learn.
Those who blind themselves with desires for the very existence they are leaving however… slow or reduce the joy of this growth process.
Next time you travel… look at the differences you see… not as risk but as opportunities to see new ways that others have adjusted to their histories. Do this and it can lead to a wonderful life where no holds are barred!
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