It's been a while since we posted on our blog and we apologize. This has been a wild year with lots good and bad happening. About six months ago we returned permanently to North Carolina for various family reasons after spending three years in Cuenca. Like everywhere else on the globe, Ecuador fell short of being paradise in some ways but lived up to our original expectations in more ways than we thought possible. For us, it was the adventure of a lifetime. We reluctantly left our good friends and will hopefully return next summer on vacation to visit them. We miss the constant weather, the wonderful mountain scenery, and our close connection with two Ecuadorian families. We also noticed, in our three years there, a sharp rise in real estate prices and imported goods as well as becoming aware of a huge increase in the expatriate community from some three hundred when we arrived to ten times that now. But this increase in the expat community has made it more vibrant than ever. In no other part of the world have we found an international community quite like it.
Because we are authors, it has been suggested many times, that we publish our blog, "Our Ecuador" into book form so that those interested in this wonderful country could have a ready reference. We have followed this advice and published an eBook on Amazon called "Retire in Ecuador" by William Burr that offers the complete blog interspersed with numerous topics on how to make retirement the best third of your life. If you are interested, please go to Amazon and type in "Retire in Ecuador William Burr." In just a minute it will be downloaded to your PC or Kindle or iPad reading device to peruse at leisure for the price of a cup of coffee and a donut. Read in its entirety, "Retire in Ecuador" will give a prospective retiree or someone already retired a huge number of facts, photographs, hints, and personal observations not available elsewhere, an eBook specially created to help make this late life journey one of excitement and lasting fulfillment.