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Ecuador Nutrition


The ancients of Ecuador understood the importance of nutrition.

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Ecuador Nutrition. Ecuador healers emphasize nature and nutrition. Here a shaman places fruit for a purification ceremony.

A recent message looked at an Ecuador Health Tip.  Here is another… Ecuador shaman’s belief that one of the most important aspects of health is nutrition.

Spring is the hardest time of the year on digestion. This is the sluggish season that requires a diet most unlike eaten in the Western world… lots of light salads and greens.

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Here in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina, the local wisdom is to plant lettuce, onions, potatoes and radishes on Good Friday and the rest of the crops on Mother’s Day.  This is not bad advice. Our temperature dropped to 29 degrees F after Mother’s Day!

I cheat a bit and plant early in pots that I can move into our green house during cold snaps.  Here is our lettuce starting.

In times past, nature provided for our seasonally adjusted diet and in the spring the main supply of food available was exactly what was needed.

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Radishes are revered in the Andes. This is the first crop available in spring… light and spicy… both elements that help stimulate digestion.  And radishes are the sacred food of the Maya…because they signify the first crop!

Today however refrigeration, regional and global trade means that most people do not alter their diet.

In spring, we need a good clean out and a light diet.  Those who do not get this risk having a sluggish digestion.

A recent article in the Times of London entitled “Diet not lack of exercise is the cause of obesity” confirms this thought.  Here is an excerpt.

A study of the US obesity “epidemic” — a precursor of world dietary trends — suggests that there has not been any significant reduction in levels of exercise in the past 30 years. It concludes that the surge in obesity is a result of excessive calories.

Last year the largest British study into obesity, backed by the Government and compiled by 250 experts, concluded that excess weight had become the norm. It predicted that by 2050, 90 per cent of today’s children will be overweight or obese — costing taxpayers an estimated £50 billion.

Health professionals and campaigners welcomed the latest findings, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Amsterdam, as evidence of the need to focus on diet and the availability and overpromotion of highly calorific foods.

Among children the tests showed a 100 per cent match, leading researchers to conclude that changes in physical activity had had no impact on children in the US growing fatter.

He said that US children had grown on average 9lb heavier and adults were 17lb more. For the US population to return to leaner 1970s levels children would have to cut their intake by about 350 calories a day — equal to a can of fizzy drink and a small portion of fries, and adults by about 500 calories — about the same as a Big Mac burger. Alternatively children would have to walk an extra 2½ hours a day, and adults nearly two hours.

Ecuador’s shamans agree that nutrition is a key to good health. When we lived with the Taita Yatchak and his apprentices, nutrition was the key factor they focused on.

They also emphasized that good digestion was the first step to good nutrition.

Keeping calories down is vital.  Improving quality of food is important as well.  However, you can eat the best food in the world but if your digestive system is not working correctly, you’ll not absorb the nutrients.

Here are three of the steps the yatchak took to get and keep good digestion include:

#1: Only eat on an empty stomach. Leave at least four hours between meals and start easy.  Breakfast was a highly and easily digestible meal.  The usual breakfast consisted of a grain (wheat, oat, quinoa) that was ground into a very fine powder.  A boiled juice made from fruit and dried cane juice (a dissolved very rough brown sugar-In India they call it jaggery) was then added in to taste.

#2: Do not mix salt and sugar.  This combination is hard to digest. Meals are either sweet or salty. Usually the morning and evening meals are sweet. The noon meal, is the largest meal of the day and is usually salt.

#3:  Use spices to stimulate the digestive system… ginger especially.

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The yatchak fed us plenty of quinoa… the only complete vegetable protein.

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Plus many leafy green vegetables, berries and juices. This is blackberry syrup… used on powdered oatmeal.

Andean health principles are similar to Ayurved, India’s science of life.  This is not surprising as the root of the Andean language Quechua is Sanskrit.

A recent email from Ayurvedic physician John Douillard explains why.  In this email John wrote:

Ginger is perhaps one of the world’s finest digestive aids that won’t overheat the digestive process.

Black Pepper stimulates the flow of your own digestive enzymes.

Long Pepper helps to strengthen the digestion and break down hard to digest foods – and like ginger it won’t overheat the digestive process.

John explained about Trikatu, an Ayurvedic medicine made of long and black pepper and ginger.  Trikatu, is a base ingredient for thousands of medical remedies.  John wrote:

“What I love about Trikatu is that a patient who has poor digestion (ie. gas, bloating, heavy stomach, indigestion, constipation and abdominal pain) can restore normal and healthy digestive function and then steadily wean off it.”  (See below how to read John’s entire message).

Long pepper is a spice used mainly in the Mediterranean, and in Indian, African, and Indonesian cooking. The plant has a peppery taste similar to black pepper, though a bit hotter.

In Aryuvedic medicine, long and black pepper and ginger are used together to created trikatu, a base ingredient for thousands of medical remedies. Alone, Long pepper can also be used to help with coughs, colds, fevers, and a variety of stomach conditions.

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One Andean purification tea (to bathe in and drink) is composed of cinnamon, start anise (above-very inexpensive in the market) and…

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Pimiento Dulce or sweet pepper. This is called Black Cardomon in many places. Simmer all three spices together in a quart of water.  Let the concoction cool.  Drink some.  Dilute the rest in two gallons of hot water.  Ladle over the body in a bathtub. It’s cleansing and refreshing.

One way to view all of existence is as differing forms of digestion.  Everything absorbs other things and becomes something else.  That’s life… digestion.  Good digestion of reality creates a good life. Good digestion of food helps create physical health.  One way to spice up your digestion in spring is with light food, Trikatu and Ecuador’s shamanic wisdom above.

Gary

Learn more Ecuador shaman health tips on our Shamanic Mingo Tour.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Other 2009 Ecuador Courses & Tour

July 4-8  Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

John Douillard’s article on Trikatu is at
www.lifespa.com/product.aspx?prod_id=309

The article “Diet not lack of exercise the cause of obesity” is at
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6250968.ece

Ecuador Risk


Ecuador has risks.

As does everywhere.  In fact our world has more risk then ever before.

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Are quiet Ecuador streets like this Cotacachi avenue at risk?

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The young Ecuadorian children who go to school early, alone don’t seem to feel much risk.  Yet?

Change creates risk and we live in an era of increasingly rapid change.

Those who welcome this fact are those who have the best chance of success. ahead.

This is the era of rapid change… the era of  extra risk.  The current time period within this era is of accelerated change and risk.

This is an important message about how to manage risk in Ecuador or anywhere.

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Even young children play alone in the Cotacachi Ecuador streets without much risk

Yet we must always take care.

Take for example the US travel advisory for Ecuador… read  without perspective. Ecuador risk would seem high.

Here are excerpts from the US travel advisory for Ecuador:

SAFETY AND SECURITY: The U.S. Embassy in Quito advises caution when traveling to the northern border region of Ecuador, to include areas in the provinces of Sucumbios, Orellana and Carchi, northern Esmeraldas, and southern Esmeraldas, south of Atacames.  U.S. government personnel are under limitations with respect to traveling alone and over-nighting in these areas due to the spread of organized crime, drug trafficking, small arms trafficking, and incursions by various Colombian terrorist organizations.

CRIME:  Crime is a serious problem in Ecuador, and visitors should be alert and cautious.  Non-violent crime is common: hundreds of Americans are robbed every year in Ecuador.   Incidents of rape have increased, even in well-traveled tourists areas and when the victims traveled in groups for safety. Shootings, kidnappings, and carjackings are still relatively rare, but American citizens have been victimized by those crimes.  The Ecuadorian government has increased police patrols in tourist areas, but travelers should remain alert to their surroundings and maintain constant control of personal belongings.

Criminals sometimes use incapacitating drugs such as scopolamine on unsuspecting tourists in order to rob them.  These so-called date rape drugs are put into drinks in order to drug the unsuspecting victim.  This drug can render the victim disoriented and can cause prolonged unconsciousness and serious medical problems.  Never allow a stranger to “buy” you a drink and never leave your drink unattended.  Several American citizens have reported thefts of property following ingestion of such substances.

Does Ecuador sound risky?

Ecuador sounds risky until you read the travel advisory for Italy.  Here are excerpts from the US travel advisory for Italy:

Some travelers are victims of rape and beatings.  There are incidents of drinks laced with drugs being used by criminals to rob, and in some cases, assault tourists.  Many of these incidents occur in the vicinity of Rome’s Termini train station and at major tourist centers such as Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona, as well as in Florence and Naples.  Criminals using this tactic “befriend” a traveler at a train station, bus stop, restaurant, café or bar in tourist areas, then eventually offer a drink laced with a sleeping drug.  When the tourist falls asleep, criminals steal the traveler’s valuables.  There are also instances where the victim is assaulted, either physically or sexually.

Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing, theft from parked cars, and purse snatching are serious problems, especially in large cities.  Clients of Internet cafes in major cities are also targeted.  Tourists who have tried to resist petty thieves on motor scooters have suffered broken arms and collarbones.

The U.S. Secret Service in Rome is assisting Italian Law Enforcement authorities in investigating an increase in the appearance of ATM skimming devices.

Organized criminal groups operate throughout Italy, but are more prevalent in the south.  They occasionally resort to violence to intimidate or to settle disputes.

Italy could seem risky as well until you read the travel advisory for Spain .  Here are excerpts from the US travel advisory for Spain.

SAFETY AND SECURITY:     Spain and Andorra share with the rest of the world an increased threat of international terrorist incidents.  Like other countries in the Schengen area, Spain’s open borders with its Western European neighbors allow the possibility of terrorist groups entering and exiting the country with anonymity.  Spain’s proximity to North Africa makes it vulnerable to attack from Al Qaeda terrorists in the Maghreb region.  Americans are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution.

In the deadliest terrorist attack in recent European history, in March 2004, Islamist extremists bombed four commuter trains entering Madrid, causing 191 deaths and over 1,400 injuries.  Spanish authorities tried the suspected terrorists and their co-conspirators in February 2007 and convicted in October 2007.

The Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorist organization remains active in Spain.  ETA has historically avoided targeting foreigners, directing their attacks against the police, military, local politicians, and Spanish government targets as well as attempts to disrupt transportation and daily life. However, foreigners have been killed or injured collaterally in ETA attacks.  Two examples of this are the Barajas Airport bombing in December 2006, in which two Ecuadorian nationals were killed and the bombing at the University of Navarre in October 2008, in which 17 students were injured including one American student.  In addition, bombs have been used as part of criminal extortion of businesses, particularly in the Basque region. The risk of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” in event of an ETA action is a concern for foreign visitors and tourists.  U.S. tourists traveling to Spain should remain vigilant, exercise caution, monitor local developments, and avoid demonstrations and other potentially violent situations.

Street crimes against tourists occur in the principal tourist areas.  Madrid and Barcelona, in particular, report incidents of pick-pocketing, mugging and occasional violent attacks, some of which require the victim to seek medical attention.  Although crimes occur at all times of day and night and to people of all ages, older tourists and Asian Americans seem to be particularly at risk.  Criminals frequent tourist areas and major attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, outdoor cafes, Internet cafes, hotel lobbies, beach resorts, city buses, subways, trains, train stations, airports, and ATMs.

Thieves often work in teams of two or more people.  In many cases, one person distracts a victim while the accomplices perform the robbery.   Spanish authorities warn of the availability of so-called “date-rape” drugs and other drugs, including “GBH” and liquid ecstasy.  Americans should not lower their personal security awareness because they are on vacation.

We could go on… in Europe…  in Asia… or anywhere.

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Parents in Cotacachi Ecuador do not feel much risk when they let their children play in the parks.

Mostly, places are not the cause of risk.  The causes of risk  are within,  our awareness, our actions, our  patterns and habits.

If one becomes aware of change and adapts accordingly… there is no risk.  There is opportunity instead.

Early adapters are called risk takers.   They are not.

Real risk takers are those who do not  adapt because…  we know…  there is change.

The real risk is living by OLD rules in a NEW world.

The real risk is believing in General Motors for example… because it is the biggest… oldest… so it must be safest.

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Young lovers in Ecuador can meet safely in out of the way places.

The world is new every day and each day, some old rule no longer works.

The old rules used to say that the Western world was safe… and the emerging world riskier.   The old rules said that the Western world had low crime…  the emerging world had high crime.

Yet look at excerpts of a recent New York Times article entitled “Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid” by Solomon Moore (See a link to the entire article below) says:

One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study.

Criminal correction spending is outpacing budget growth in education, transportation and public assistance, based on state and federal data. Only Medicaid spending grew faster than state corrections spending, which quadrupled in the past two decades, according to the report Monday by the Pew Center on the States, the first breakdown of spending in confinement and supervision in the past seven years.

This suggests that the US has quite a lot of risk… both in crime and health.

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Ecuador people are by nature, caring, friendly and warm.

Sometimes I get letters like the one below from readers who have been victims of crime in Ecuador.  This reader lost her computer and camera when she forgot them in the business lounge at the Radisson hotel in Quito.

Dear Gary,  Can you believe, the Quito police, working with the Radisson hotel, found my  briefcase with the computer and other small items and had them sent by Federal Express to me.  I had provided them with the receipts of all the items stolen, for the items they were not able to send me  (camera and cellular phone) I was reimbursed via bank transfer. I still can’t believe it.  This was a good ending and so unexpected.  send you all love, and good thoughts. Laura

New rules about risk are being written every day and our daughter Francesca shared some thoughts on this when she recently visited us here.

Fran is quite a traveler.  Here early studies were in England… Gloucestershire and Birmingham.  Then she spent more for more than a year in Spain and Costa Rica, and moved to Naples and Delray, Florida which were bases for her to  manage real estate tours in Argentina, Belize, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay.

She worked for several years doing human rights training in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to get her Masters degree at London School of Economics.

Then  she worked in London for the Crown Agents where she was assigned
as a project manager and consultant to governments in Nigeria,  Peru, Sierra Leone and South Africa.

She has worked the last several years  as a development planning, monitoring & evaluation consultant in Swaziland and is returning there now on a contract with the United Nations.

As a young, single woman (now married) she has had to be aware of risks traveling everywhere from Florida to London to Lagos.

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Here I am with Francesca on her wedding day.

Fran & Sam rode to their reception in Richmond Park on a bicycle built for tow.

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Riding a bike through London traffic… now that is risky!

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Here are some common sense thoughts that Francesca shares about living with risk.

Living with Risk by Francesca Scott

We’re living in risky times; from the economic collapse, to swine flu, to erratic weather conditions.  It sometimes surprises me when people ask me if I’m not worried about living in Swaziland (my current home), because, they say, Africa is such a dangerous place.  I figure that when I return to London, my risk of being attacked in a terrorist attack skyrockets.  And I am still dumbfounded by the fact that children are screened for guns at schools in the United States.  By the way in England for the first time screening for knives has begun in some inner-city London schools.

The issue of risk came to mind recently, when I was visiting my Grandma. One evening over dinner, the discussion turned to the security situation in Swaziland, and I mused that in certain ways I feel safer in Swaziland than I do in parts of London. My Grandma commented that gangs were increasingly becoming a problem in Portland, her home city, and that she didn’t feel that safe these days.  The next day, as we stopped at the local bank, I was surprised by the thick wall of bullet proof glass completely separating the staff from the general public. They don’t have that in banks in London, or in Mbabane, Swaziland’s capital city.

I began thinking about how easily we adapt to different risks within our local environments. In many countries, one would be crazy not to have bars on lower windows. In central London, I hold my bag very close to my chest – I value my purse and cell phone too much. My mother-in-law, who lives in Australia, actually leaves her keys in her car when she stops at a store to pick up groceries (gasp!).  Sadly, I doubt that will last for much longer.   So does my Dad in NC.  They have a policy on the farm that all keys remain in all vehicles…just in case someone needs to jump in one!

Each country has a different risk profile, from pick-pockets, to pollution, to drug barons.  I am not saying that Swaziland does not have its dangers – my house has been broken into several times, and I drive much more defensively than I would in the US or the UK (mostly to avoid wayward cows that have drifted onto the road).  The important thing is to be fully informed about the risks.  This might sound obvious, but sometimes people are scared off by unfamiliar risks or misinformation.

It’s also worth remembering that there are often a variety of ways to mitigate those risks through effective prevention methods, so long as you know the rules. Most of us are guilty of exposing ourselves to unnecessary risk as a result of ignorance at one time or other, and are lucky that we’ve lived to tell the tell. I was threatened at knife point by a drug addict in a park in Spain, when I lived there as a student.  When I recounted my story to my Spanish roommate, she told me that I was a fool to be in that park in the first place, ‘…didn’t you know that it’s the favorite haunt for heroine addicts in the city?’  Well, no, obviously I didn’t know at that time, but it was a valuable lesson for me about the importance of knowing the rules.

I must admit to being a little scared before I went to Swaziland.  After all, it’s in one of the poorest parts of the world, and only three hours drive from Johannesburg, a gang-ridden, violent city. I also couldn’t shake off all those awful images of Africa I’ve seen on the evening news. I told myself that I would try it out for six months (I figured I could survive for that length of time in an underground bunker living off tinned corned beef and bottled water if it was that bad), and make a decision from there about whether or not it was for me. Two-and-a-half years later, I still thoroughly enjoy living here and am very glad that I resisted my initial anxieties.

For those considering buying property, or even moving to Ecuador, or any other country – developed, developing or downright poverty stricken for that matter – I would recommend to take the time to become fully informed about the types of risks you might face.  You can find out a lot from the internet and books, but it would be a shame to be scared off by some of what you read or by the well intentioned comments of a neighbor who hasn’t ever lived away from their home town.

Everyone comes from a different starting point, and everyone has a different risk threshold.

Also, the dramatic stories tend to be more interesting to tell.  While reading around can certainly offer you a variety of different and valuable viewpoints, it’s also important to talk to people who have lived in the country. Locals can be an invaluable source of information, while ex-pats may be more appreciative of the kinds of risks unanticipated by a foreigner, risks that may seem glaringly obvious to a local. Also, find out what you can do to mitigate those risks. Often you can reduce your exposure significantly using the appropriate precautions. If you think that the benefits outweigh those risks, then go down and check out the country for yourself.  That’s the only way you can really know if the level of risk is one that you could tolerate.

It might be that the risks are in some countries and in some places, in fact, just too high, pushing you beyond your comfort zone, or that the restrictions necessary to reduce your risks would make you feel stressed and claustrophobic. It’s no fun lying restless at night at night because you’re worried over a break-in, even though you have an alarm, or resent the lack of privacy from having a guard permanently outside your house. If you’re looking for the exact replica of your own community, with the same level of risk, and a Starbucks around the corner thank you very much, then somewhere like an emerging country really may not be for you. There will inevitably be new and different risks in poorer countries, some to which you, as a foreigner, could be at much higher risk than a local.

But take a moment to reflect on the risks that you face in your daily environment back home, and you might find that such risks are relative. While some risks will be new when you move abroad, you will also leave some behind. Therefore, before making any decision of moving to a country other than your own, I recommend making sure that you are informed by the reality on the ground, not some misconception fed by the media or well-intentioned homebodies. Only with that information can you gauge whether you’ll be comfortable with the type and level of risk you might face. For an adventurous soul, you may well find that the benefits of living in a new culture, the fun of exploring a foreign terrain, make everything worthwhile.

Risk assessment is a vital part of survival and success in today’s world.

This has always been true so always consider risk… but when you evaluate danger… don’t  just look at the places where you will be.   Review your thinking, your habits and patterns to see how you can turn risk into opportunity.

Gary

Join us here at our hotel Meson de las Flores.  Learn more turning risk into opportunity at our courses and tours.

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June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 4-8  Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

See the entire article Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/us/03prison.html

Cotacachi Real Estate Rejuvenation


Cotacachi real estate rejuvenation is a great way to profit.

However at times international investments may not seem as safe or hospitable and we may cut our losses too soon. Learn why here to be thankful that we can invest in Cotacachi real estate here.

Here is a humorous story that’s very funny in a way but contains a serious message about why we should always be thankful for what we have.

This story compels me to tell it but as you will see the picture is sort of embarrassing.

There’s a laugh and I hope a powerful message. I missed perhaps the biggest (I mean huge) financial opportunity ever given to me by selling too soon.

Below are some shots of a Barro Viejo renovation of Cotacachi real estate.

Here’s the TV room of the renovation.

First the story.

I spent a lot of time in the 1970s in Hong Kong . While there one of the businessmen I met a man that had a neat little business selling 1 square inch pieces of China . He provided officials deeds all wrapped up in neat little cardboard tubes. Back then China was the bad guy and the idea of owning a piece of this action appealed to tourist. I guess.

Anyway about a decade later I found myself living in London . This is where a little synchronicity comes in because as I scanned this photo I noticed the date it was taken on the back, 24 May 1978, almost exactly ten years after my first trip. The month of May must mean something for me.

I had nice offices in Artillery Row very near Buckingham Palace . They were expensive and business was slow. I was stressed to pay the rent and such. One venture I set up to make money was with a friend (Peter Warner). We started a business because a celebrity had died and we somehow thought the idea of selling square inches of his home would make some sort of sense. We tied up a piece of property in the celebrity’s estate and turned on the publicity machine to let people know that were selling these inches land. We charged one British Pound per square inch.

Our publicity efforts worked right away. The Daily Express came out and took this photo. They brought silly hats and cigars to make us look like cowboys or something. I guess they viewed the celebrity as a cowboy because he came from the south of the US . It’s odd how various cultures perceive one another. Of course the Daily Express is not what you would call understated either. They call themselves the greatest newspaper in the world too this very day. 

Anyway the next day this lovely picture appeared on the front page of the Daily Express telling all about our amazing venture.

I’ll leave you to guess which one is me.

Fantastic, we thought as we sat back and waited for the money to flow in. Was I thankful for this early start? Not a bit. Disappointed is a better word. No calls came. No business resulted except another reporter called examining us about whether taking those pounds out of the country violated exchange control regulations in place at that time.

What a let down. I had held such high expectations of immediate success. So rather than let this be a valued experience and a start to build on I abandoned the project and let my claim on the real estate go.

Probably a good thing as well. No one can make money selling square inches of land. Right?

Perhaps. That is what I convinced myself. But the land did become worth something. The celebrity who had recently died was Elvis Presley and the land we had a claim on, to sell square inches, was a property that at that time no one quite knew what to do with. It was for sale cheap and was called Graceland. Its still called that but its not cheap anymore.

The moral is clear. At times we are given something of such huge abundance that we cannot even imagine. Yet we can get so wrapped up in petty concerns that we forget to see the potential.

If events do not proceed exactly as we expect, (do they ever really) we become frustrated, discouraged and all too often quit rather than look at every aspect of the gift that providence provides.

This Graceland story is a great gift to me for two reasons. First had I held onto that land and made a huge amount of money back then at that young age, chances are I would have entered into a self destruct mode. Second, as it was this gift become the lesson, recalled every time someone mentions the King.

Rumors are still that he’s alive and well in Detroit.

I am thankful for that valuable lesson, for you, and for this opportunity to share.

Gary

P.S. Learn how to see the Cotacachi real estate Ecuador information tours.

We’ll view Cotacachi real estate like this Barro Viejo Cotacachi rejuvenation.

This is an interior shot of a 5,000 square foot Barro Viejo renovation just down the street from our hotel in Cotacachi.

Here is the kitchen of the same renovation

Cotacachi Real Estate Upgrades


Cotacachi real estate upgrades  can create extra profit. Here are thoughts about thought from readers around the world and we hope that this helps your international investing.

Yesterday’s message, a thought on thought was about change  and upgrades and readers sent an overwhelming response from all over the world. We’ll look at that in a moment, but here is another shot of the Barro Viejo renovation and upgrades in Cotacachi. We’ll see what a magnificent job they did on the indoor swimming pool later in this message. First…

Change.

See more of this Cotacachi real estate at Cotacachi real estate rejuvenation.

This message shared a theory about how seven year cycles may change the way we process information in each cycle. This is vital stuff. Nothing affects our wealth, health and happiness as much as the way we process information.

Some readers found the theory helpful. For example, one reader from Alabama shared this idea:

Gary,

Your messages are resonating with me — especially this one. It explains so much of my spiritual searching since ‘rewiring’ from my Orthodontic practice 3 years ago. And I can’t wait to meet Blaine Watson for perhaps a further explanation of where I am headed. Thank you so much for your newsletter and see you soon for the celebration at El Meson and the course.

Others were confused. One reader from California shared this:

Gary,

Great thinking on thoughts. Hmmm. So, 7 x 7 = 49. 7×9 = 63. So even with 9 Chakras, emerging every 7 years that only takes us to 63. Then you shift to 2 year 50 cycle thoughts. Add in a couple of Chakras at 7 years each you get 114 not 119. First 50 plus second 50 = 100 + 2 seven year Chakra cycles and we get 114. Even if we repeat the 7 Chakra cycles, that is 7×7 (2) = 98 + the 8th and 9th = 112. Huh? So why do none of these formulas add up to what you are saying.??? What am I missing here? Love reading you thoughts. Just looking for clarity.

Hopefully my reply clarified the confusion and yours if you have as much as I do. I wrote:

There are nine chakras in Andean thinking . Nine X 7 years gets us to age 63. This is pretty close to what we call retirement age.

The second eight 7 year cycles takes us another 56 years and makes us 119 years of age. That’s pretty close to 120 which is about the length Vedic Astrology suggest we should live. Perhaps then we enter the second ninth chakra stage (the ninth chakra relates to the ultimate being). In this stage, perhaps if we have advanced as much as we should, we easily join with the ultimate being. A theory? Guess we only really know when we reach 120!

This still leaves a 13 year gap between the age 63 retirement and the age 50 retirement mentioned in Leviticus.

Another reader from England makes a suggestion about this and writes:

Hello Gary, I have a couple of thoughts. At the time Leviticus was written, 50 could have been a very great age. Most of the text (return to your property: ashes to ashes?; you shall not sow, reap, or harvest; take only what the land provides–could this all be an indication that you are soon to be returning to those already departed and that you shall contribute to the land once again.) suggests this as a possible meaning.

I’ve spend most of my professional life with those at least a generation older than me. I often encounter a resignation to the way things are, however bad. I realize that I’ve made a couple of jumps of thought here but my professional experience suggests that we do start to let go. Perhaps with greater longevity expectations, 50 is the age where we really realize that we’ll ‘never be President’ or attain goals once thought possible. I have definitely changed in the last few years (53 now) and realize that we are meant to be obsolescent and that the vigor of youth is NECESSARY to accommodate an ever changing environment. This is not to say that we at this age are incapable, only that we are less likely to embrace much of the new perhaps because we’ve seen the old tricks before (think politics) and really don’t want to jump thru the same hoops. As an independent entrepreneur, you have had different experiences/expectations than many (also a case of think or swim?) so I probably only speak for a minority.

In any case, thanks for a good article. The idea of advancing up the chakras (from base desires to enlightenment) is surely an idea that has merit, especially when the idea of higher purpose is not a mainstream concern. Your reader in London.

Another reader from Japan also outlined where there could be a one year gap in our thinking.

Hi Gary, Interesting e-mail. As an editor and sub-editor, I couldn’t help noticing this:

“What does appear in many religions and philosophies is a major shift at age 50.

“You shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty . . .”

No sir, that is at age 49. When you started your second year of life, you were one year old. When you started your 50th, you were 49. And to “hallow the fiftieth year” — that must be the sounding of the trumpets to greet its arrival. (Damn — just for the moment I can’t think of the musical term for a short passage which announces a change and a new direction.) So, you could argue that this too fits the seven-year cycle. Seven squared, in fact. Best wishes from a dull and drizzly Tokyo

Others just outlined how they changed in life during different seven year cycles. One reader from South Carolina shared this thought.

Dear Gary, From age 21 to 28, I lived mostly on an old sailboat (I have already written you about this). Maybe I can help with age 28. At that age, or perhaps late 27, I returned to the U.S. and visited all of my college friends. I had not been in a motor car for years, and I immediately smelled their stink. I got serious about my life and applied to Emory for medical school. My friends, all in fear of age 30, started drinking, doing drugs (more than they had before). At least five of them either dropped girl friends or divorced wives. Actually, I think it was more people than this. Several were killed in motorcycle accidents. Some died in Vietnam , although I don’t remember the precise age I was when this occurred because in many cases it took me years to find out. Hope my experience helps with age 28. I remember that Winston Churchill wrote that his twenties were the “best years of my life” Cordially Yours.

Here is an important point I believe that this reader stumbled across. Modern Western society is so youth oriented and so materialistic that it surrounds and bombards us with the idea that success relates to production and consumption and how much stuff we have and how many things we do and places we go. Western doctrine is all about the outward stroke. Thus inward urgings are met with resistance at every level. Those who start shifting within have zero support. They feel out of odds with society, out of odds with everything they have been told and out of odds with the flow of everything surrounding them. This creates enormous tension when our correct natural path gets out of odds with the way everyone tells us we should be. This could be what causes this phenomenon, when people go off the deep end and do something crazy, so often called the seven year itch.

This reader from Poland gave some great food for thought.

Dear Gary, Allow me to share few of my experiences regarding life circles. I agree with you that the life shifts every 7 years. In my case generally there is a small shift every 7 years and a bigger one every 14 years. I seem to have some in-between periods, where there is a lot of shift.

At 21/22, I officially moved away from Poland to Japan . At 29 my mother passed away – she was a very strict lady. Her death freed me to start walking my path. In the 7th year of my procedure I managed to get Japanese passport.

After studying, for 14 years, what I thought, at that time, to be spirituality, I made a 180 turn and jumped into business world.

After working for 7 years in a top Japanese company, I was delegated to Central Europe (Poland and Czech Rep.). Again after 7 years in Central Europe, I am going back to Japan . The result of these 14 years? I seem to have finally developed my own model for business that should allow me to become self-employed.

Next year I will turn 50. A really huge transition seems to be happening.

During the last 7 years, I was working to finally understand spirituality. I was differentiating everyday life from spirituality. This is the idea I heard from my birth for over 30 years. At 49, I finally accepted that the highest spirituality is to live everyday life, but live it with full consciousness. Every move, every thought, every emotion, every deed is to come from the spirituality within.

Our education is teaching us to look outside for spirituality. This actually is the biggest mistake. The real spirituality is within us. So-called “Heaven” is not somewhere in the stars. To get there flying to the stars, would take as long as all satellites or spacecrafts need to travel. Far too long.

The surprising thing is: when we start focusing inward, not only within ourselves, but when we go with our mind and spirituality into Earth, there is a shortcut to the Moon, Sun and Stars.

I am developing a coaching system for discovering the Inner Strength (Peace) within. The system is called WaKiDo.

At present I have a short sabbatical, in favor of first developing a more tangible subject. At my 50th birthday, I would love to be able to announce becoming self-employed.

In my case, I didn’t develop chakra by chakra. (By the way, There are far more charkas then 9, but this is not the important subject.) In my case the top chakra was overactive for 49 years. Finally at 50, I seem to be reaching the overall balance.

It might seem to negate your theory that after 50 people tend to move away from pure money making, into more spiritual side of work. Actually it does not. Spirituality that I was taught was a special, holy, world detached state of mind that did not really recognize holiness of the everyday life. If we talk about this kind of outside spirituality, then yes this understanding would contradict your theory.

Best regards,

I am sorry if this reader misunderstood my thoughts on detachment in the second seven year cycle. Merri and I are well into our second cycle and getting busier every year. But the business is not about the financial bottom line any more. I could not agree more that our work everyday life and work can be our holiness and especially agree with this reader’s comment:

At 49, I finally accepted that the highest spirituality is to live everyday life, but live it with full consciousness. Every move, every thought, every emotion, every deed is to come from the spirituality within.

I could not have said it better!

Until next message, may all you deeds come from great wisdom within.

Gary

You can see Cotacachi property like this on our next Cotacachi real estate Ecuador information tour.

Here is that swimming pool and another shot of the Barro Viejo renovation just down the street from our hotel.

Plus here is the Barro Viejo team with the owners of this renovation who so kindly allowed our group to tromp through their beautiful home.

Cotacachi Spa & Ecuador Web Business


Cotacachi’s (perhaps Ecuador’s)  most famous spa is La Mirage and seeing it could help you own your own Ecuador business.

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In a moment, there is a link to some great shots of La Mirage by Todd Smith.

However it is Todd’s success with his web business after attending our course that I want to share.

The global economy is going though a much needed cleanse.    A recent USA Today article reports that census numbers show that a record one in nine U.S. housing units are vacant, including about 3% of owned homes. The Mortgage Bankers Association says more than 2 million homeowners faced foreclosure last year. The median sales price dropped 12%, according to the National Association of Realtors — far more in parts of Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan.

This inventory is delaying any kind of housing recovery and will dampen the job market for some time.  This is especially true because of the lack of demand.

One in nine means that 14 million housing units are vacant. USA Today says: That number does not include an estimated 4.8 million seasonal or vacation homes, most of which are occupied part of the year. The combined vacancy rate of almost 15% is higher than during previous recessions: 11% in 1991 and 9.4% in 1984.

• About 3% of owned homes are vacant. In normal times, “maybe 1% should be vacant.”

This means we should not expect to see any economic recovery soon.

A recent New York Times article entitled “U.S. Is Pressed to Add Billions to Bailouts”  by Edmund L. Andrews, Andrew Ross Sorkin  and Mary Williams Walsh says:  The government faced mounting pressure on Monday to put billions more in some of the nation’s biggest banks, two of the biggest automakers and the biggest insurance company, despite the billions it has already committed to rescuing them.

The government’s boldest rescue to date, its $150 billion commitment for the insurance giant American International Group, is foundering. A.I.G. indicated on Monday it was now negotiating for tens of billions of dollars in additional assistance as losses have mounted.

Separately, the Obama administration confirmed it was in discussions to aid Citigroup, the recipient of $45 billion so far, that could raise the government’s stake in the banking company to as much as 40 percent.

The Treasury Department named a special adviser to work with General Motors and Chrysler, two of Detroit’s biggest automakers, which are seeking $22 billion on top of the $17 billion already granted to them.

All these companies’ mushrooming needs reflect just how hard it is to stanch the flow of losses as the economy deteriorates. Even though the government’s finances are being stretched — and still more aid might be needed in the future — it is being forced to fill the growing holes in the finances of these companies out of fear that the demise of an important company could set off a chain reaction.

This means the government is creatng more money then it has and we are likely to see inflation.

So what can we do?

One is buy real estate in California, Florida and some of the other hard hit states. There will be real bargains.  Merri are headed to Florida as fast as soon as we wrap up our March tours in Ecuador.

Start our own business. No other time offers such great opportunity. The old boys network is slashed. Big business cannot compete and labor has not been so abundant in decades.

This is why Todd Smith sets such a great example.

Todd attended one of our courses on how to self publish and has developed a growing, thriving internet business.

See Todd’s latest emailed message about La Mirage here.

Here are two important points about Todd’ success.

First he already had a successful wedding photography business. However hat type of business did not have the upside potential nor offer the freedom he desired.

Second he was not enjoying the business. The hours and the types of photography did not fit Todd’s desires.  He had a passion to earn in a different type of  photography.

So he turned his passion into profit!

Due to numerous successes like Todd’s and because of  the ideal business conditions created by the economic correction, I have developed a new course... The Tangled Webs We Weave…A Web Based  Business Course

Enroll here $299

You own web business provides enormous freedom.  You can like anywhere you desire…  a Cotacachi business is great. This is a quiet peaceful place without much crime, noise or pollution.    Merri and I  have have a web business that works in Cotacachi, the Blue Ridge of North Carolina or anywhere we choose in the world?

The reason we can have this freedom in business is passion.

I am one of the luckiest guys in the world because my children are continually doing things that I learn from.  This allows me to be a bragging dad and actually share a worthwhile point in the process.

For example Merri and I recently were reminded of the most important secret of business success from our youngest daughter, Eleanor.   Here is a shot of Merri and me riding the Virgina Creeper Trail last summer with Ele.

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Eleanor is just 27 but has already built a very successful London based business that not only provides her a six figure income, but gives her the freedom to travel the world.  This last year, she visited us twice in the US plus spent time in China  enjoying the Olympics and made numerous other trips.  She has over four months of each year to travel wherever she desires…and earn as she goes.

While she was last with us, we had a great deal of time to talk and she surprised me by sharing a valuable lessons about business.

The first lesson came when she was telling me about her latest efforts at getting some of her students auditions and roles in London West End shows.  Ele started as an entrepreneur early. She owns a performing arts school in London that teaches dancing,  drama and singing.  Here are some of her students in the production of Aladdin they are currently performing.

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Ele’s school is a franchised operation…one of about 600.  She is one of the youngest owners yet has one of the top ten busiest schools.

One reason for her success is the enormous energy and passion she puts into her business.  Another reason for  her success is she has a growing reputation for getting her students professional roles in the London theater.

She currently has eight of her students working in London’s West End.

Two are in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Argyll Street.

Two are in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Savoy on the Strand.

One is  in Disney’s  Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street.

One is in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

I was a bit surprised at this success and asked her “what is your trick”.  She replied:

“This is very simple.  I give the children who have extra talent free lessons. I bring them to my home and work with them there.”

When I questioned the wisdom of giving away her services as being part of a good business model, she replied:

“This is not about the money, Dad. The thrill of hearing those kids when they call me and tell  they were selected is worth every minute I put into this. I love those calls so much,  I am happy to devote my time and effort.”

This is the secret. Do what you love and figure out how to make money in the process.

In Ele’s case, she has profited indirectly…but the profit is not the purpose.  This is a matter of fulfillment and of the heart.

This has always been an important idea, but grows in importance now.  Our message about the upcoming 2011 disaster showed an economic distortion that is so grave it will force many of us to continue working… or  to work more then expected or… to start working for oneself when an existing job is eliminated.

This problem is so acute and the importance of having more people do what they love is so vital that we have decided to write a new course…on how to develop your own international internet business.

I have now started this course and before I launch it to the public want to make a special offer…that gives you this course free…or more.

Years ago, Merri and I  had 23,000 print readers…micro sized in publishing terms….but very, very profitable for us.  We made millions from this business.  We believe that in this rapidly changing world…small is beautiful.

When money stopped mattering as much, our children were grown, finished with university, we sold our print business and took a year off…lived with a shaman high in the Andes.

Then we morphed into an internet only business.  Our readership began small, with  about 1,600 email readers.  We expected to slow down and smell the roses more.  We even bought an isolated hacienda high in the Andes called Rosaspamba (Place of roses).

As crazy as it seems, we could actually run a business with this small readership and make a profit because our readers are so wonderfully responsive.

Why?  How?

This is what the new course I am creating will teach you….how to have a small, safe, profitable global internet business by creating wonderfully response, fun to be with, like-minded customers.

How small?

Today, our business remains micro sized but we have grown from 1,600 readers to four  main subscription lists consisting of 16,782 subscribers.

How safe?

The downturn of 2008 has not slowed us a bit.   In fact we  are growing faster, in number of subscribers and income, than ever.   December 2008 was our busiest month on the internet ever…by about 50%! January and February 2009 were up 226% over January and February of 2008.  This March we have almost surpassed March 2008 sales in the first ten days.

This is all at  a time when many say the world is economically depressed. Yet our sales are way up and growing almost every month.

How profitable?

Our list and sales are still tiny compared to many of our competitors and associates who make millions a month.   We make tens of thousands…sometimes hundreds.

Yet we have been able to add this extra income with a surprisingly small amount of added overheads.  This number works perfectly for Merri and me…a fun sized readership. In our opinion, this should be the key in business… satisfaction… fulfillment and fun…through service along with the profit.

Yet, profits do matter. Almost every month our internet sales have been rising. In 2008 they rose nearly every month and created a new record for web based sales for us.

These internet sales alone have given us the freedom to live in an isolated Blue Ridge farm during summers and in Ecuador the rest of the year…yet still earn many tens of thousands of extra dollars a month.

Now you can learn everything I do to create this extra income and have fun and fulfillment in a micro publishing business.

The syllabus of this course will help you learn how to find something that is fun, fulfilling and profitable for you to do.

Our growing income is one reason I have decided to create this course.

Second, the economic downturn of 2008 means that more of my readers will need a new way to earn in the years ahead.

Yet the third reason was the straw that made me decide to do this….my webmaster who helped me start this site agreed to co-write the course with me. Merri and I explain what we do in the business.  The writing…the marketing…the product planning and such.   Our webmaster outlines the technical part. How to chose a server…set up a shopping cart…create pay per click systems…send thousands of emails a day.

Though we like to remain small, this does not mean all of our students will.  Our webmaster started with us first but since has grown to be the chief internet consultant for several much larger internet marketing companies that send over a billion emails a year!

We are explaining in the course in detail as we develop it over this year…what I will share and what my webmaster will share as well…how the course will help you.  We are at chapter eight now and I honestly do not know everything what will be in the course.

Previous courses have always evolved as they are written because of the questions that are asked as the lessons are sent.

This is why I want to offer this emailed course (which has not yet be written) now so you can grow with the course as it evolves.

Here is a  special offer.

This new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” is available at $299.

This is a bargain. Merri and I have been traveling and doing international business for 41 years. We have had a web based business for over ten years. You can share everything we have learned for just $299.

Plus we provide our standard full guarantee. Enroll.  Try the course for 30 days. If not satisfied we’ll give you an immediate, full… no fuss refund.

However if you sign up for any three of our in person courses below, you can have The Tangled Web course free.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Multi Currency investment Seminar Naples Florida

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Enroll in Tangled Web here $299

To enroll in three courses click here.   I will automatically send you the free Tangled Web course when you enroll. You save $299 more.

Ecuador Travel Risk


An Ecuador travel risk is theft.  Blaine Watson just who just conducted our Beyond Logic course just sent this note.

Hey there guys. I miss Ecuador, sitting here in Seattle and it is cold and gray.  One delegate on her way back had her apple laptop, camera and cell phone stolen in the business center at the Radisson in Quito.   No help from the staff on that one. Maybe you should warn people that this kind of thing can happen anywhere and to keep an eye on things.

So be warned. In Ecuador, especially the major cities, pick pockets and thieves work even the major hotels. We have had delegates have purses, cameras and computers stolen from restaurants and other public areas in all the major hotels.

Ecuador tourist areas are a pickpocket risk…especially in Quito’s Marical Sucre area and in Otavalo market on Saturday.

However the good parts of Ecuador overwhelm this risk.

We do not have this problem here in Cotacachi but one must keep an eye on there goods anywhere. I have never been robbed in 14 years in Ecuador because I remain aware.  Yet I had all my Christmas shopping stolen in London, my home, just blocks form my house because I felt to secure.  The point?  There are bad guys out there everywhere… so take care.

There is so much good here that we receive many, many more raves like this below (rather than sad stories) from people who come to Ecuador.  A reader  just sent me this note.

Hi Gary:  As Ecuador Living subscribers we have relied on information from your newsletters to make our stay in Ecuador very satisfying.  I don’t know if you like receiving feedback on experiences your readers have had, but we felt we wanted to share some information about a hotel we stayed at in Cuenca. The hotel is called the hostal La Casona.  Up until 6 years ago it was the private hacienda of the owners.  They turned it into a three story hotel, while managing to preserve it’s charm and originality. (ie: original ceilings and crown moldings in the dining room).

The hotel is in a great location between the two rivers, and close to a mall, park, and the old city.  There is a wide variety of restaurants in the neighbourhood, and contrary to what we heard many were open on Sunday.  It is very secure and quiet there.  The rooms were of decent size, and our bathroom had a bathtub and shower.  Our adult daughter was with us, and she had a separate room. The total cost of the two rooms was $70 per night.  Compared to what other places are charging for inferior quality rooms, this is a steal!  We had good internet access and cable T.V.

The owners son, Patrice, lives on site and manages the place.  He speaks excellent English.  He has another fellow (Carlos) working the desk who also speaks some English.  We wanted to visit the ruins one day, and for $20 Carlos came on the bus with us and was our personal tour guide for the day.  Anything we wanted was met with prompt attention.  There is a dining room which serves a complimentary continental breakfast, and we had a lovely supper there one night.  We had three dinners, 2 soups and a bottle of wine for $33.  My daughter said the shrimp bisque was the best she has eaten.

As a lot of your readers come from North America they have certain standards they like to see in a hotel.  We were paying double the room rates in Guayaquil at an international chain hotel that couldn’t hold a candle to La Casona.  We hope if you are in Cuenca you will pay them a visit, and perhaps feel they deserve a mention in your newsletter. On the whole, we loved everything about Cuenca.  It is high on our list of possible retirement destinations.  Another myth dispelled…Cuenca is not COLD!  Especially if you are coming from Canada like we are.

We would also like to thank you for allowing us to rent your penthouse at San Clemente for a week.  We had a great time there, and we appreciate being able to stay in such a lovely room.  We are currently in Quito, and on Thursday we are heading to Cotacachi.  We will drop by your hotel, though.  Thanks again.  Betty Ann and Harold

There you have it. We have found that those who enjoy the most charm in Ecuador stay in the cozy small places to real get to know the people of Ecuador.

For example yesterday morning… on Valentine’s Day all our staff arrived at 6am. They had stayed up late making these flower arrangements.

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Promptly at seven they went to every room and presented our guest with a boquet and a box of chocolates.  Our guests were overwhelmed. Here are four guests enjoying the flowers at breakfast.

ecuador-risk Merri and I were overwhelmed as well because we had not ask the staff to do this. The flowers… the chocolate… the early arrival were entirely their ideas.  This is the true, sweet nature of the people in Cotacachi1

Until next message may you be always blessed by sweet natures.

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi and on Ecuador Coast in March.

Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for our three courses in March 2009, I will send it to you free. You save $299.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March courses and will be available to provide health balancing.

Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this February or March.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6     Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11     IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8    IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Ecuador Business Passion


Ecuador offers the  opportunity to add the power of passion in a new business that allows you to live anywhere in the world.

A recent message looked at the low cost of Ecuador living and warned about loving in Ecuador because it is so easy to fall in love with the people and the country here in Ecuador.

There is so much here as this shot of Crucita, Ecuador shows …the warm-but-cool enough-to-sleep-under-blankets weather… the wide empty beaches… the clean ocean… the sweet people… the simplicity of life.

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This could be a good time to return to this simpler way of living because the economic correction up north is breaking down  the old complex order there.

We see this economic shift every day now.

A New York Times  article last Wednesday entitled  Layoffs Spread to More Sectors of the Economy by Catherine Rampell says:  Companies across the board are resorting to mass job cuts, suggesting that employers expect a long downturn.

Another article said:  Microsoft Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs  The announced cuts, about 5 percent of Microsoft’s work force, are fallout from a slowdown in sales amid the global recession.

We see economic problems in Ecuador as well.

We were just informed that the rose grower who has been supplying us has gone bankrupt here.  The US bought 30% less roses than the year before.  This is hard for the Ecuadorian workers who will be left without jobs.  The agent who handles our account is looking for another source of roses but we are not processing rose orders at this time until we find a sure source.

This, however, creates Ecuador opportunity in three ways.

First, the global economic problems means you an live in Ecuador for less! I am dong as series of interviews with couples who have moved to Ecuador and the common theme is that they can live well on less than $1,000 a month.

One Canadian couple who have moved to Vistaazul told me yesterday, “Our Canadian retirement pension pays us $2,300 a month. We live on $700 a month and save the rest!”

Living at Vistazul is not a sacrifice either! Here are some shots of the view I enjoy when I run my internet business from our Vistazul apartment.

I usually start at 6 am in the morning on my balcony… enjoying surf sounds and the ocean breeze.

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Our living room enjoys the same view…  as does…

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You can learn more about low cost, Ecuador, beach-front living, in brand new condos at Vistazul from Kjetil Haugan at kjetil@haugancruises.com

Second, this economic shift creates new Ecuador business opportunities. The end of one order begins a new way of life served by new businesses.  For example, our business is booming.  Our sales are up 52.89% in 2008 over 2007.  Our January 2009 sales are up 101.63% over January 2008!

Why, when so many businesses are slowing down everywhere, do some thrive?

This new opportunity comes from the third economic benefit…  a growing social-economic  awakening that makes life and business more fulfilling. I see this in the way our readers write to me.  Many more people are asking “How can I do more… help more…  feel better?“… rather than “How can I have more?”

They have more concern about  passion in business rather than just money.

We can see the power of this business passion in another recent message that outlined how our daughter Eleanor has excelled in what others call tough times.

She has built a London performing arts school that she bought into one that specializes in getting students auditions and roles in London West End shows.

Ele started as an entrepreneur early.  She is just 27 years old and her school is a franchised operation…one of about 600.  She is one of the youngest owners yet has one of the top ten busiest schools.

The reason for her success is the enormous energy and passion she puts into her business.  Another reason for  her success is she has a growing reputation for getting her students professional roles in the London theater.

She currently has eight of her students working in London’s West End.

Two are in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Argyll Street.

Two are in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Savoy on the Strand.

One is  in Disney’s, Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street.

One is in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

This success has come because she has such passion for her work that she gives free extra talent lessons.  She brings students to her home and coaches them for the auditions and works with them personally.

This new business passion attitude is seen in an email that Ele just sent to us.

Hi Dad,  Just to let you know I had another kid get into the new hit musical ‘Oliver’ today.  This boy was in trouble at school and had to leave and was going down hill…I met him while walking my dog Jack (his mum walks with me in park) and noticed he had a great face for the performing arts..so I said would he like to come for some free classes at mine which he did and he had a great voice.

I then worked with him over several months and put him up for Oliver. He then had 3 recalls and finally I got the call to say he got the part today!! Hopefully this will now  give him focus when before he was getting bored and frustrated at school.

Also I have 4 Chinese/Filipino students with a final recall on Wednesday for the King and I at the Royal Albert Hall – fingers crossed!

I’m enjoying this side of my work so much that I’m thinking about starting my own children’s agency but with a difference whereby my students get personal one on one coaching from me in preparation for the auditions. No other agency does this..they simply just tell a child when and where the audition is. Anyway lots to research but exciting anyway!   Hope you’re having a good day.”

So remember the following points during this economic correction.

#1: If the global economic contracts 20%…this is terrible.  More than 20% of businesses fold.  This leaves 80% of the businesses working and in better fundamental form.  Labor is easier to find.  More than 20% of the competition is gone.

#2: Do not be afraid to embrace this  changing perspective…away from materialism.. Do not fear looking for greater meanings in life and business.  This is good. Our world… our environment… our society needs this help from business… to move towards authenticity… integrity… towards true help and service.

Turn your passion into profit.  It may be easier t do in Ecuador but wherever this works for you… do it for the fun the fulfillment and the good of humanity as well as the profit.

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi in February when our courses focus on how you can develop your own business passion.

Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for all three courses in February or March 2009, I will send it to you free. You save $299.

Sheri Clary will be at our February courses and available for consultations about bio-identical hormones. Our February Cotacachi schedule is:

Join Merri, me and Blaine Watson, plus enjoy a shamanic ceremony in the Cotacachi Shamanic Valley. Feb 9-11 Beyond Logic Keys to More Wealth & Better Health

Join Merri, me and Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management at OUR INTERNATIONAL INVESTING & BUSINESS COURSE IN ECUADOR. We review economic conditions, Ecuador real estate, my entire portfolio plus investing and business ideas for the months ahead. Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March courses and will be available to provide health balancing.

Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this February or March.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6     Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11     IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8    IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Cotacachi Spanish Schedule


Our Cotacachi Spanish course just finished. See yesterday’s message Cotacachi Health Opportunities about this course.

During the course Cotacachi was the center of a massive demonstration that may lead to some significant political impact.

Here is a comment about this from Journalists without borders.

Community journalist arrested during indigenous people’s protests against mining law.

Reporters Without Borders today demanded an explanation from the authorities about the reasons and circumstances of the arrest yesterday of community journalist Francisco Farinango in Ñaño Loma, in the Pichincha region of northern Ecuador.

The reporter on Radio Intipacho was arrested with three other members of his Tupigachi community on the sidelines of nationwide demonstrations by indigenous communities against a new mining law, which locally degenerated into clashes with security forces. The capital Quito is in the Pichincha region.

Police sources cited by the national press said that the journalist had been accused of having “incited” his companions to demonstrate and would shortly appear before a court. A total of nine people were held and six others injured during the demonstration.

“An arrest against the background of a demonstration, possibly a riot, makes it difficult to check the allegation that Farinango had ‘incited’ members of his community to rise up,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

“Why him in particular?” it asked. A community journalist is by his nature witness and actor in an event that affects his community, a witness who could be awkward in a crisis. We fear that the arrest of Francisco Farinango only serves to punish his media and we ask the authorities to clarify their reasons,” it said.

Indigenous communities mounted protests in nine of the countries 24 provinces on 20 January against the environmental consequences on their lands of a new law allowing open cast mining. The day was marked by some localised blocking of roads and clashes with police.

Interior minister, Fernando Bustamante, said there had been an “attempt to destabilise the country and its government”, a statement which provoked an outcry from representatives of the National Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), who said they held the minister responsible for the physical wellbeing of the detainees, along with his counterpart at internal and external security, Gustavo Larrea, and the President, Rafael Correa Delgado.

We look more deeply into this demonstration and the political impact  in our upcoming Ecuador Living update. 

You can get that update as a subscriber to Ecuador Living.

Of course our Cotacachi Spanish course delagtes did not see any of this in Cotacachi. They saw a parade instead.

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Friendly fun colors…

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beautiful people…in beautiful dress and…

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beautiful sounds.

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See more pictures of the partade at Cotacachi Surprise Parade

Having bragged about the success of the Cotacachi Spanish Course,  I must announce that  we have canceled our May Cotacachi Spanish course.   In a way this is good news…created by bad news….that creates more good news.

Here is the bad news that creates the good news.  The global investment world gave their opinion of President Obama’s inaugural speech with this.

New York Times excerpt:  Dow Falls More Than 330 Points; S.&P. Drops More Than 5 Percent After hearing the new president’s inaugural address, investors went back to selling stocks, sending the major indexes down sharply. Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange paused at times to watch the inauguration ceremony and President Barack Obama’s remarks, but the
transition of power did not erase investors’ intensifying concerns about the struggling economy. At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 330 points, or about 4 percent, while the broader Standard & Poor’s
500-stock index fell 5.2 percent.

I really like Obama but do not feel that increased US government spending is the way to resolve the world’s economic imbalances.

This news  creates some unprecedented opportunity and I have been working closely with Jyske Bank and Jyske Global Asset Management (JGAM) to help our readers understand why and how the current economic  corrections create phenomenal investing value.

Therefore we have agreed to replace our May Spanish course with a Global Asset Value to join up with JGAM and speak at their JGAM Global Asset Value Strategy Seminar  in Naples Florida, May 29 to 31.

Investing values are so special now and investors have been hit s hard that we feel it important enough to take the unprecedented step of canceling a course in Ecuador (we have not done this in the past 20 years).

One way to take advantage of this opportunity is by investing British pounds now.

Here is an excerpt from today’s Multi Currency course.

Jyske Global Asset Management just set me this note.

At the Investment Committee meeting on the 15th of January we decided to take a long position in GBP & JPY against USD.

The stop loss level in GBP was reached before the position was taken. We thus had an Ad Hoc meeting today to consider our options.

We decided to take the long position in GBP at these new levels as we feel it has fallen to much to quickly and should be poised for a rebound.

We sell USD against GBP at 1.3986 with a stop loss at 1.35 which is below the low of  1.3730 set in August 2001.   We executed the USD/JPY as agreed at the meeting on the 15th of January. We sold USD at 90.166 with a stop loss at 103.00

See the entire lesson and ways to invest in pounds now by subscribing to our Multi Currency Portfolios course.

Another way to beat the economic downturn is with your web based business.  Here is an excerpt from our newest course Tangled Webs – A Web Business Course – Lesson Three.

The creek sighs into an inky night’s prefect harmony of…katydid, cricket and the  hoot owls that punctuate nature’s noisy silence and lulls us in our sleep.

Merri and I slept in our Colman tent next to this water fall, dreaming content in our evolution…from the US, to Hong Kong and Europe, years in London to Florida and  a 5,000 square foot house on the beach…rising to this…a tent deep in a Blue Ridge woods.

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This is how we started our farm…from a tent….open fire cooking and boiling water from the creek. When I say remote…I mean remote. Here is one of our farm views.

tangled-web We are isolated.  Here is the office/seminar center we built in the deep woods.

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Our hacienda in the Andes is even more remote. Here I am with  Merri  building a hut on the hacienda.

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Friends who knew us first when we lived in Florida and drove a Rolls Royce were often shocked when they came to visit and discover that we were instead driving a beat up Ford pickup and living in a tent!

We had a Bentley as well!  Here is our daughter Cheri enjoying our classic Bentley T.

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What an evolution.   Let me tell you about this Ford truck.

Brown Betty we called her. 1987-brown-rusting, scratched-143,000 miles-long bed-four wheel drive-eight speed stick on the floor-big engine-huge six ply snow tires. I bought her for $2,400 bucks.

This truck was tough! When Merri, me and Ma (our pumpkin patch hound) have a heavy job from carrying railroad ties (we were building a bridge on the land) to taking rusted barbed wire we pulled out of the creek to the dump, the truck got the job done. We did not worry about the innumerable dents scratches and nicks we put on that truck for a minute.

This was the perfect vehicle for the farm at that time.  Rain, mud, frozen roads or snow, that truck kept going. With chains she was a Sherman tank that could carry hay.

We have since upgraded to a more fuel efficient…but still dented and scratched  mid size pickup. Here is our grandson Garren learning how to climb on back the hard way Christmas 2008.

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Isually I drive my little Suzuki 4-banger…now 23 years old!

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What does beat up trucks and Rolls Royces have to do with having a web business?

First we may have been the poorest looking multi millionaires around….but please do not make a mistake… we are multi millionaires…even after the 2008 crash and our business is booming..all because of the internet and our web based business.

You can be also and this course shares how to have financial success.

To read this entire lesson and the rest of the course, enroll here

Or better join us in March or February and get this course free and save $299.

Sheri clary will be at our February courses and available for consultations about bio-identical hormones. Our February Cotacachi schedule is:

Feb 9-11 Beyond Logic Keys to More Wealth & Better Health

Join Merri, me and Blaine Watson, plus enjoy a shamanic ceremony in the Cotacachi Shamanic Valley.

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Join Merri, me and Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management at OUR INTERNATIONAL INVESTING & BUSINESS COURSE IN ECUADOR. We review economic conditions, Ecuador real estate, my entire portfolio plus investing and business ideas for the months ahead.

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Here is some bad news created by good news.  I just received this note from the flower farm we work with.

“Gary, please stop Valentine´s orders, the flowers on pre-book are running out. Thanks.  Roberto Javier Ribadeneira”

The bad news is we are out of Valentine roses.

The good news is we sold almost 20,000 roses in just over a month and earned almost an extra $7,500 (which we are donating to help the poor of Ecuador).

We know how to help you create your own import export business to secure your purchasing power. Join us in march for our Cotacachi Import Export expedition and real estate tours.

This is why Merri, our webmaster and I decided to create a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for all three courses in February or March 2009, I will send it to you free. You save $299.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March course and will be available to provide health balancing.

Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this February or March.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two

New Year Economic Lesson


2008 provided many economic lessons that we can use in the new year.

I am one of the luckiest guys in the world because several of the most important new year economic lessons this year were provided by my children.  This allows me to be a bragging dad and actually share a worthwhile point in the process.

The first lesson, which I share repeatedly in my various websites is “there is always something we do not know.”   This was just proven when i planned this Christmas  to be a quiet one…a leisurely drive to Florida…a wonderful day with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

Little did Dad (aka me) know that the children were plotting…traveling from Florida and England to give me a surprise…showing up a couples day’s early so we could cut a Christmas tree on the farm…decorate and essentially Deck the Halls and enjoy Christmas on the farm.

What a surprise… pr0ving the point that the dads are always the last to know. Let’s hope I sniff out the equity markets in 2009 better than I realized what the kids and Merri were plotting.

We had a great time together… cooking… eating… hiking… doing the farm work together and…

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allowing our eldest grandson, Garren, to continue his love affair with our hound dog, Ma.

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It turns out that this huge deception of joy was thought up and organized by our youngest, Eleanor.   Here I am hiking with Ele in the woods.

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While the children were with us, we had a great deal of time to talk and she surprised me by sharing two valuable New Year economic lessons.

The first lesson came when she was telling me about her latest efforts at getting some of her students auditions and roles in London West End shows.  Ele started as an entrepreneur early. She owns a performing arts school in London that teaches dancing,  drama and singing.  Here are some of her students in the production of Aladdin they are currently performing.

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Ele is just 27 years old and her  school is a franchised operation…one of about 600.  She is one of the youngest owners yet has one of the top ten busiest schools.

One reason for her success is the enormous energy and passion she puts into her business.  Another reason for  her success is she has a growing reputation for getting her students professional roles in the London theater.

She currently has eight of her students working in London’s West End.

Two are in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Argyll Street.

Two are in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Savoy on the Strand.

One is  in Disney’s  Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street.

One is in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

I was a bit surprised at this success and asked her the tricks.  She replied:

“This is very simple.  I give the children who have extra talent free lessons. I bring them to my home and work with them there.”

When I questioned the wisdom of giving away her services as being part of a good business model, she replied:

“This is not about the money, Dad. The thrill of hearing those kids when they call me and tell  they were selected is worth every minute I put into this. I love those calls so much,  I am happy to devote my time and effort.”

This is the secret. Do what you love and figure out how to make money in the process.

In Ele’s case, she has profited indirectly…but the profit is not the purpose. this is a matter of fulfillment and of the heart.

This has always been an important idea, but grows in importance now.  Our message about the upcoming 2011 disaster showed an economic distortion that is so grave it will force many of us to continue working… or  to work more then expected or… to start working for oneself when an existing job is eliminated.

This problem is so acute and the importance of having more people do what they love is so vital that we have decided to write a new course…on how to develop your own international internet business.

Before I begin this course, I want to make a special offer…that gives you this course free.

Please let me explain why.

Years ago, Merri and I  had 23,000 print readers…micro sized in publishing terms….but very, very profitable for us.  We made millions from this business.

Merri and I believe that in this rapidly changing world…small is beautiful.

When money stopped mattering as much, our children were grown, finished with university, we sold our print business and took a year off…lived with a shaman high in the Andes.

Then we morphed into an internet only business.  Our readership began small, with  about 1,600 email readers.  We expected to slow down and smell the roses more.  We even bought an isolated hacienda high in the Andes called Rosaspamba (Place of roses).

As crazy as it seems, we could actually run a business with this small readership and make a profit because our readers are so wonderfully responsive.

Why?  How?

This is what the new course I am creating will teach you….how to have a small, safe, profitable global internet business by creating wonderfully response, fun to be with, like-minded customers.

How small?

Today, our business remains micro sized but we have grown from 1,600 readers to four  main subscription lists consisting of 15,947 subscribers.

How safe?

The downturn of 2008 has not slowed us a bit.   In fact we  are growing faster, in number of subscribers and income, than ever.   At a time that  many say is economically depressed, our sales are way up and growing almost every month.

How profitable?

Our list and sales are still tiny compared to many of our competitors and associates who make millions a month.   We make tens of thousands.

Yet we have been able to add this extra income with a surprisingly small amount of added overheads.  This number works perfectly for Merri and me…a fun sized readership. In our opinion, this should be the key in business… satisfaction… fulfillment and fun…through service along with the profit.

Yet, profits do matter. Almost every month our internet sales have been rising. In 2008 they rose nearly every month created a new records in sales for us.

These internet sales alone have given us the freedom to live in an isolated Blue Ridge farm during summers and in Ecuador the rest of the year…yet still earn tens of thousands of extra dollars a month.

Now you can learn everything I do to create this extra income and have fun and fulfillment in a micro publishing business.

The syllabus of this course will help you learn how to find something that is fun, fulfilling and profitable for you to do.

Our growing income is one reason I have decided to create this course.

Second, the economic downturn of 2008 means that more of my readers will need a new way to earn in the years ahead.

Yet the third reason was the straw that made me decide to do this….my webmaster who helped me start this site has agreed to co-write the course with me.  Merri and I will explain what Merri and I do in the business.  The writing…the marketing…the product planning and such.   Our webmaster will outline the technical part. How to chose a server…set up a shopping cart…create pay per click systems…send thousands of emails a day.

Let me be frank. I  have an inside track. My webmaster is part of my family…my son-in-law.

The relationship is reversed though. He was my webmaster first… son-in-law second. Our daughter joined us in a visit to London where during the trip, I had a short business meeting with him.   Our daughter stopped in to say “Hi.”

Kablammmm…love at first site.

So, in a way, here is the result of our business…our grand daughters, Sequoia and Teeka!

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Talk about fringe benefits!

Though we like to remain small, this does not mean all of our students will.  Our webmaster started with us first but since has grown to be the chief internet consultant for several much larger internet marketing companies that send over a billion emails a year!

I’ll be explaining the course in detail in the new year…what I will share and what my webmaster will share as well…how the course will help you.  Right now I honestly do not know everything what will be in the course.

Previous courses have always evolved as they are written because of the questions that are asked as the lessons are sent.

This is why I want to offer this emailed course (which has not yet be written) to you free.

Here is a  special New Year’s offer.

I currently provide two internet courses that can help you have your own small global business.

These two courses are:

International Business Made EZ which normally sells for $199.

Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher which sells at $249.

Tens of thousands have used these courses.

This new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” will be offered later at$299.

Three courses…total value $748.

Save $500..right now…today.

If you accept this special offer and enroll in this brand new, as yet unwritten course, I will knock $52 off the courses $299 price…you pay just $247…plus…

Since the two courses above also add value to the new internet course, I’ll send both these completed courses (many thousands have enjoyed these courses) to you now…free.

That is a $448 savings.  Along with the $52 reduction in the Tangled Web price you save $500.

No Risk.

There is even more.  You can study the two courses I will email you right away free…plus the introduction and first three lessons of Tangled Webs (when they are written) on a no risk trial basis.

If at any time during this trial period your are not satisfied…simply let me know and I’ll give you a full refund of $247.

What will be in the course?

I don’t know. We have an outline…but as mentioned…I know that the syllabus will change.

What I do know is that the course will  be good…honest… sharing everything we have learned together building our internet business over the past ten years.  This is our 41st year of doing international business so the syllabus will be rich with real experience.

You can accept this special offer and save $500 here…now.

Gary

Got Miles?


Ecuador travel costs can really be low if you have got miles!

Merri and I both took our first international flight in 1968. Since then, we have both travelled more than a million miles and have learned a lot about getting the best air deals.

Merri is the grand master at finding low cost..comfortable deals. For example you’ll see below she recently brought our son from London England to Charlotte North Carolina  for $17.85…including tax…round trip!

Merri writes:

Got Miles?

By Merri Scott

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In the past, buying airline tickets and trying to use miles for airline awards has been a tricky,  mind blowing, frustrating experience.

Today, I find it easy and sometimes even fun!

Gary and I crossed the Atlantic every three weeks year in and year out, and hosted seminars all over the US and the globe…so I’ve been at this business for more years than I care to remember!

Back in the 80s in London, we had a way out Greek travel agent…he once sold us a huge packet of tickets for a string of one day conferences all over the US…Gary loved the price!

But, when I looked at the schedule, well, every other day, we had to return to Detroit…it was LA back to Detroit, then San Francisco back to Detroit, Cincinnati back to Detroit, Chicago, back to Detroit…it was cheap, yes but so horrible that on the last segment as we returned one more time to Detroit, we burst out laughing.

From that day forward, I pay attention before I buy.

Each flight is important and I look at the total number of hours for a trip not just the price.

The Internet has revolutionized ticketing.  It is kind of fun on www.kayak.com because they instantly show the number of hours for the duration of each flight.  I look at this before I even look at the price. Very important.

But today, I was searching and researching.  I saw for  a friend a flight to Quito from an airport only 40 minutes away from her usual departure point and saved her $400.  You can do a lot of fiddling with the help of websites.

For instance, the calendar pops up on Kayak and lets you see which is the cheapest fare for which day…sometimes all of us can be flexible and when we can…well today for Atlanta to Quito it varied over $300 from day to day…very interesting, quick and easy to spot.

“But Miles, how about miles?” Gary asked.  “How easy are they to redeem in this market?”

Miles are far, far easier than in the past. It used to be a weary chore with a representative on the phone for hours asking “What about this date, what about that date, how does Thursday look instead of Friday?”  Today, it’s down right easy…and all spelled out on most sites with a calendar….you can spot the best deals quick and easy.

First of all, we don’t ever use miles for ourselves
.  We try to make our trips tax deductible events so we use our miles for our kids.  Also if miles are used for ourselves, it messes up our elite rank.  We’re not much for being elitists, but believe me our travel weary bodies dearly love to be upgraded, spread out, relaxed and able to breathe better in business or first class!

For instance, miles on Delta.  It is wonderfully simple…just hit the key on the search for reservations.  (Always if it is possible on your upcoming trip, check the flexibility box for dates…this can help in lowering the number of miles needed.)

I know an awful lot of people with a great accumulation of Delta miles…us included.  When good ol’ Pan Am went out, Gary and I had over 250,000 miles each.  We gnashed our teeth for a few weeks, only to be surprised that Delta sent a notice that they would gladly honor our miles.  Ah, we swooned and have been loyal for years.

One trouble with all these miles, often there is a black out date or some sort of restriction.

You can beat these problems with one simple step. Just do this, (if it is Delta miles) upgrade yourself (or use the card if you already have it) to a Gold and/or Platinum Delta Miles Amex card.  You’ll get a double bonus, earn a bunch of miles as well as get bonus miles for each segment PLUS (and this is a big one) have an automatic key on your delta.com account site. This key is PAY WITH MILES.

You are allowed to pay with miles, money and/or any combination.

Two weeks ago, I bought our darling grandson and his mother a last minute expensive ticket to a holiday event…$20 for the two of them.  How? Well, I signed on to Gary’s delta.com account.  (He’s a platinum and I’m only a gold!)  Those little precious 3 words “Pay With Miles” popped up.

I didn’t need permission on the phone, I could instantly and easily scroll down,  choose the number of miles and presto…$20 bucks.  “Quick, buy those tickets”, I thought.

Our son came from London for the month in August…and at the last minute…so I perused all the flights/deals and then went to Gary’s account…and those same 3 little words gave me a round trip ticket from London to Charlotte for $17.85…inlcuding tax!

If you use just award tickets, you might be surprised to see an awfully high surcharge as a tax…but these little “pay for miles” don’t have those huge add ons…plus no black outs…just scroll down, click, buy and you got it.

I like this a lot.

For Amercian Airlines, I don’t see any of these options, but I do see a clear cut easy way of judging the amount needed for an award ticket by the days of the month (outbound and return) clearly shown on the calendar.  You can see availability and the number of miles required.

I also like this a lot.

Click on the lowest mile day and just buy.

Got Miles?  Use them.  Head out of the winter weather for the Land of the Sun, Ecuador!

Merri

Got miles?  Use them to join Merri and me for a course or tour in Ecuador this winter.

Join us in Cotacachi.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Enjoy our chef ad we help at times) for great fresh Ecuador seafood!

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Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Or join us on the coast.

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See Ecuador’s incredible scenery.

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March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.

Date                    Course                      Couples Fee

May 21-26  Ecuador Spanish Course         ($999)
May 27-28  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)

June 12-15  Shamanic Mingo Tour             ($999)
June 16-17  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)
June 18-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour         ($749)

July 2-7       Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9       Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
July 10-13   Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Sept. 17-22  Ecuador Spanish Course        ($999)
Sept. 23-24  Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
Sept. 25-28  Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Oct. 21-26   Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)

Nov. 6-8       International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10     Imbabura Real Estate Tour          ($749)
Nov. 11-14   Coastal Real Estate Tour            ($749)

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one$1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 27 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009 and how to attend as many of them as you like FREE.

The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the
course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito.
Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.