We're written about this before, the old and new ways of Cuenca.
Right next door to very new, modern buildings, there are pockets of the traditional life. We hear the roosters and the cows. We see the wonderful orchards and rows of veggies tended by the residents. We see the candlelight in the evenings. In these adobe houses, we've never seen any electricity, no power tools, no lights except for candlelight. We're not sure if there is any plumbing.
We often wonder how these residents feel and think about the modern buildings and traffic, butting up around their land.
(There are always exceptions and trade-offs which could impact your rent or purchase costs: location, transportation options, services, etc. )
The topic of noise always comes up, too: neighbors, nearby bars/nightlife, barking dogs, car and house alarms, construction. Noise levels can change quickly. Only you can decide how much and what kind of noise you want to deal with.
Maybe you'll be more tolerant of the noise levels for the close-in location, maybe there is another trade-off that's worth the noise...
Happy house hunting!
We took many pictures during a City Tour recently and another trip to the countryside. We'll be posting more pictures later, so stay tuned. Thanks for reading. Happy Weekend!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This Sunday we began the walk on Av Solano near the Ital-Deli and headed to downtown.
A furniture studio.
Monday, November 12, 2012
We always have to smile when new arrivals ask us if we 'really like Cuenca'. Our regular readers will already know the answer is a BIG YES! Si, Si!! Our vibrant, beautiful Cuenca suits us just fine.
We find ourselves humming this 'Feelin' Good' song often -- the first link below is the original by Nina Simone. The 2nd version is by another huge talent, Carly Rose. We like them both.
You can read all you want about Ecuador, but you really got to visit in person to really experience it.
A one-day or even a week or a month's shot doesn't even tap the surface. If you stay longer, you could fall in love. Or, you could hate it. But, only you can decide.
No question, it can be a hard adjustment for newcomers. When we first arrived, there were a lot less services and products and our Spanish was pretty much horrible. We were exhausted just getting here! Our health wasn't the best, we were way too chubby, we suffered from the high altitude, we got lost all the time.
Our story of our 'early days' will be different from your 'early days'. That's because Cuenca is a different place now and you will also have different points of reference than we did 3+ years ago. Now there are so many more choices, including nice places to live. Be sure to read current experiences on other blogs and forums and update info if it's a topic that's important to you. Things change on a dime here... weather, residency requirements and processes, where to find something, internet and TV options, how to bring your pets and other treasures in...
But, we always know the dawn will bring a new day with new beginnings. We get to start over each morning.
But, it's not because you're in Ecuador, all those frustrations can happen anywhere.
Just remember as you get your bearings... Cuenca is not paradise. Yes, you will still find folks with the manners of a pig. You could find unhappy detractors, too. But, also remember that the Cuenca area is almost a half million people! You will find like-minded folks at the expat gatherings around town (see forums and other blogs for schedules and locations), you will have lots of choices for friends. Also, remember...Ecuador is not the USA, both good and bad.
Wishing everyone the best as they embark on their 'new dawn, new day, new life'!