Monday, November 12, 2012
It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day
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'!