Cotacachi: Then and Now


This post has an article about long term Cotacachi, Ecuador resident, Steve Marchant.

First, a note about reader savings.  Yesterday’s post reviewed the 10% July Aromatherapy Essential Oil sale.

What I failed to point out is that Gary Scott readers have a coupon code “garyscott” that gives an additional 10% discount.  When you enter the code you get a 20% discount.  See this post here.

Here is Steve Marchant’s article about Cotacachi.

I first visited Cotacachi in 2002. I’d wanted to get out of Quito and being new to the country I still let my guide book do the guiding and I liked what I read about Otavalo and Cotacachi – markets and beautiful scenery seemed to be the gist of it.
As I remember, Cotacachi was very quiet and I was struck by the fact that I was the only foreigner walking the streets. Sure, there were always dribs and drabs of foreigners arriving to visit the leather stores at the weekends but I didn’t see one that day.

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Cotacachi circa 2006 – less common sight these days but the slow pace of life still prevails.

In fact if you do a custom search of Google for the year 2004 plus results in English this is a sample of what you see:-

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Checking through the results there is not one mention of retirement or property in Cotacachi – it was all to do with sightseeing tours. Do the same search in 2014 and the search results lead to a myriad of pages about properties for sale, retirement and social interaction among expats. In short there has been a transformation. Fast forward to 2014 and Cotacachi is an established retirement destination for the baby-boomer generation. More retirees arrive every month – the word is most definitely out.

I’m reminded of Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point in which he talks about the moment of significant mass leading to a sociological change. I lived in Cotacachi between 2006 and 2009 and somewhere in those years, or shortly after, Cotacachi experienced a tipping point and went from being a sleepy unknown bucolic paradise with close to zero expat residents to an expat retirement bucolic paradise with 400-500 (and increasing) expats living there in 2014.

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2008 Easter parade – timeless traditions continue in Cotacachi

So, if Cotacachi was a bucolic paradise then and now, why has it recently become a favored destination for expat retirees? Well a lot of it has to do with a tipping point and human behavior. The majority of us are social folk and we like to mix with similar folks. You can see this today in Cotacachi. As the word got out about Cotacachi, principally on this site in the earlier years, and especially news of early-adopter expats ironing out the creases, more and more expats looking to retire overseas decided that Ecuador and specifically Cotacachi, would be a good retirement location for them because they would find a welcoming community of like-minded folk.

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Cotacachi 2014 – Same folk different bench – Outside a new store partly focused on expat market.

Recently I was forwarded a social connect email which is broadcast out to people already living in Cotacachi. The messages below are typical and handily demonstrate how  new societies flourish when a number of expats put down roots in the same place:-

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Good morning and happy Friday to all,
Reminder:  Rummage sale at Solid Rock Plaza on Sunday, April 13 (second Sunday of the month).
Vendors $5.00/buyers free.
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So, stop at La Fontana for ‘ Principessa’ Donna’s rich fare any time for dinner Thursday thru Sunday evenings and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
To get on mailing list: (email removed)
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Sushi at Serendipity
Serendipity will be serving sushi and tempura on Saturday, April 5th from 2:00 pm until closing.
California Rolls and vegetarian sushi with wasabi or Chicken, shrimp or vegetable Tempura available for $5.75
Please call for reservation to speed up service time and ensure there will be plenty for all!
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You Are Invited to a Jewelry Party!
On Wednesday, April 9 from 1:00 – 3:00pm, Cotacachi ex-pats are invited to attend a fabulous JEWELRY PARTY!
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Grand opening of the Kokopelmana Seed Sanctuary and Organic Gourmet Market
You are cordially invited to Kokopelmana Organic Gourmet Market in Cotacachi
Grand Opening on Saturday April 5th from 9 to 1 pm
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Solid Rock Bible Fellowship
We are a non-denominational bible study fellowship.
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Meditation Sundays – Silent Sit
2:45 pm – just a simple gathering of folks …………….
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The changes have been transformative for this small bucolic village; I personally couldn’t have envisaged all this ten years ago. That’s the kind of change that can occur when a Tipping Point is triggered. Tomorrow an insightful and revealing interview with one of the first expats to move to Cotacachi.

Steve Marchant

Hemingway’s Secret

 

Here’s a great Christmas gift idea.  You can give Hemingway’s secret of success.

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Was Ernest Hemingway’s secret to success being able to write in English or Spanish?  

‪There may have been many reasons why Hemingway liked Cuba but he already had access to most of them in Key West.  Why go the extra 104.91 miles to Cuba?

Perhaps he knew that speaking a second language makes you smarter.  Perhaps he realized that he could think and write better in English when one learns Spanish.   In 1939 he moved to Cuba and wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which  became a Book-of-the-Month Club choice.  The book sold half a million copies almost instantly, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and cemented Hemingway’s reputation as one of the great writers in the English language… at a time when he was speaking two languages.

You can be be smarter and incidentally… provide a Christmas gift and save $178.90 in the process.

This offer makes a great Christmas gift.  I’ll explain how in a moment.

You might ask… “What the heck does speaking Spanish have to do with being more successful.

Well… to start, being smarter means you gain greater intellect.  You can be smarter with Super Thinking.   Super Thinking tactics integrate brain waves so absorption, retention and recollection of  information improve… a lot.   Most important of all, Super Thinking helps you synthesize what you learn so you can connect dots and use the knowledge you gain to achieve your goals.

In short, Super Thinking makes you smarter.. a lot!

Super Thinking is not a gimmick nor a trick.At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri was among those few who learned how and is licensed to teach the Lozanov system.  She has organized a practical course on how to learn faster and better.  With her modified system, you discover how to think more powerfully in just three days…and experience the wonders of superlearning.

When I figured this out, my first thought was… “Why not help readers learn Super Thinking AND Spanish?”  There and then was a two for one deal.

Enroll for our Online Super Spanish Course and you gain a the Super Thinking Workshop for Greater Intelligence workshop (a $49.95 value) FREE.

We will also deliver both the Spanish course and the workshop to someone of your choice by email on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve.

You save $178.90 total!

Still you ask… “Why Spanish for greater intellect and success?

Spanish is the second most spoken romantic language.  Chances are a huge Spanish speaking population lives near you.  Speaking Spanish can be helpful in innumerable ways just from this fact.

There is more.  Learning a second language makes you smarter and healthier.

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Image from Telegraph article “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism”. (2)

The Telegraph article (linked below) entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism says (bolds are mine):  Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

You can read the entire article at the link below but to sum it up it shows seven ways that learning a second language improves your intellect and health:

* You build multitasking skills

* You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

* Your memory improves

* You become more perceptive

* You become smarter

* Your decision-making skills improve

* You improve your English

A better command of English… used by a smarter, more perceptive person who can remember details and multi task.

With this. I rest Hemingway’s case.

Learn the power of Super Thinking.  Gain the seven benefits of being bilingual. 

Order the Super Spanish Course online for $79 and get the online Super Thinking Workshop  (normally $49.95) FREE

Plus I’ll email another Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop to another person of your choice as a Christmas gift so you save an additional $128.95 ($178.90 total savings).

The Super Thinking Workshop can help you join the top 3 percent of intelligent people in the world.

Be happier as 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.

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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”(3)  show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brain.  The 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.

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 Spanish course and Super Thinking Workshop.  Use it them two months past Christmas.  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 Super Spanish Course online for $79 and get the online Super Thinking Workshop  (normally $49.95) FREE.   

You’ll receive your Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop by email immediately.  Plus I’ll send you a personal note telling you how to direct me to email a personal Christmas greeting (either on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning EST) from you along with the Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop to a person of your choice.

You save $178.90 total savings.

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 Super Spanish Course online for $79 and get the online Super Thinking Workshop  (normally $49.95) FREE

You’ll receive your Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop by email immediately.  Plus I’ll send you a personal note telling you how to direct me to email a personal Christmas greeting (either on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning EST) from you along with the Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop to a person of your choice.

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

(3) Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism