Thursday, December 19, 2013
Here are some of highlights:
- Moved from Guayaquil to the Olon area after we obtained residency. We are renting a casita from a couple of expats while we look for our own property.
- Bought a car (some people choose to rely solely on the great public transportation system - we did not want to be without our own car) Scott detailed the process on his blog.
- Opened a savings account. This sounds like a simple task but it was not! It took us three months to accomplish this task. The items required included:
- Color copy of passport picture page
- Color copy of cedula
- Letter of recommendation no more than one month old from an Ecuadorian who has an account at that bank (our Guayaquil landlady wrote this for us)
- A cell phone number (or two - we gave two but I am not sure if they were both required)
- Two land line phone numbers (we gave the number of our landlady and a lady who did translations for us)
- Proof of employment, retirement income, or bank balance from overseas bank
- Proof that we either voted in the last election or were not eligible to vote
- Copy of the most recent month's electric bill showing where we live
- Made a trip a week after opening it to pick up the ATM card, which
took several hours since the system was down when we first arrived,
Visited a hotel in northern Manabi province that is raising a baby monkey! Something happened to his mother so they stepped in to raise him. The monkey walked around on my head. It was funny - just like kittens like to sit on shoulders, behind someone's head, he climbed right up to sit on my head. He liked my hair and played with it quite a bit....read more: http://emilbloo.blogspot.com/
Time for phase three...:Sunday, October 13, 2013
Buying the car-
Time for phase three...: Buying the car: In my last post I mentioned that Emily and I had purchased a vehicle here in Ecuador, a Chevrolet/Suzuki Grand Vitara: It's been wo...
In my last post I mentioned that Emily and I had purchased a vehicle here in Ecuador, a Chevrolet/Suzuki Grand Vitara:
It's been working well for us and we're getting about 50 km/gal! It doesn't have excessive power and it's not four-wheel drive, so we won't be driving it on the beach (which some people do), but it does everything we need.
Buying a car in Ecuador is a much different process than buying one back home. In the States, the car dealership provides one-stop shopping that covers everything. In Ecuador, we get to run all over the place to get it done. There are multiple times where I had to suppress my inner Lewis Black and exercise patience: ....read more: http://sbphasethree.blogspot.com/2013/10/buying-car.html