The past year has seen a great deal of changes in our lives.
First, we moved back to NC for family reasons yet spent the month of July in Cuenca so we could visit old friends and hope we can do the same on future summers. It was a wonderful time for each of us. Cuenca has certainly changed. On the few occasions we went to expat haunts, we hardly knew a soul. A whole new contingent has arrived and looked like they were thriving. Jonny quickly had his Spanish back. We've tried hard to keep it going during the school year in NC, however, the Spanish children at his school only want to speak English. But, we toss him into the Spanish mix as often as we can.
Secondly, our book, Retire in Ecuador has done very well in both the eBook and print edition. People have commented that the photos bring Cuenca to life like nothing else could do.
Bill has put out a new website at www.WilliamBurrBooks.com The website is crammed full of photos, descriptions, and links on more than a dozen of his books. If you like adventure novels, how to guides on boating peppered with personal experiences, and his book on retirement in Ecuador, please take a look.
A New Kind of Blog
There is a world of information about Ecuador. It is one of the most popular countries for people who want to retire to a place where the dollar goes much farther than in the US, a place for adventuresome families who want to experience a new language and exciting culture. However, much of what you read or hear does not touch on the practical, the problematic, or the local information necessary to make things work. There are many blogs which are basically daily diary’s from people who live here. But this blog will be different. We know how hard it is to get accurate and timely information. We have been through it. All of us who live here have learned step by step and we question whether it is necessary to have every newcomer reinvent the wheel. We hope this blog will help shorten the learning curve. There are many hurdles but all are surmountable. What is required is patience, an understanding of local ways, and a realization that you are going to live in a country which is not the same as the US, Canada, or Britain. Our choice was to live in the wonderful city of Cuenca in the Southern Sierra but this may not be your decision and you will therefore have to look further to find the answers you need for different areas like the coast or the Amazon. Please realize that all the suggestions and ideas are based on our experiences. Ecuadorian regulations change rapidly and must be checked before you make any investments or major decisions. Please email us at Sailorburr@gmail.com and let us know if you have any questions or comments.