Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Event Horizon Chronicle: The Passing Of An Age: Great Men I Have Known

Event Horizon Chronicle: The Passing Of An Age: Great Men I Have Known:

The Passing Of An Age: Great Men I Have Known


Keith Lampe died earlier this week, in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, at the age of 83. Keith was also known as Ro-Non-So-Te, and affectionately as Pondo, short for ponderosa pine. And indeed he was strong and sturdy like a stout, towering pine tree.



I came to know Pondo
only in the last months of his life, through the agency of a mutual
friend, and then only by e-mail, though we both lived in Ecuador and had
a number of friends and acquaintances in common.




Pondo was a Korean War
veteran who subsequently took a radical turn towards peace, and spent
the last 60 years as a radical advocate for peace and environmentalism.
His commitment even extended to multiple acts of peaceful civil
disobedience that resulted in his arrest and incarceration. Pondo was
well known for his widely circulated, e-mail newsletter that dealt with a
wide variety of environmental and political issues.  




Though he had been in
declining health for some time, I cannot help but feel that his
transition somehow presages great changes that lie just ahead....read more-
http://eventhorizonchronicle.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-passing-of-age-great-men-i-have.html

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Why do expats go home? Why do they seek new overseas ‘havens’? Interviews with departing and relocating expats reveal the reasons | CuencaHighLife

Why do expats go home? Why do they seek new overseas ‘havens’? Interviews with departing and relocating expats reveal the reasons | CuencaHighLife



--"Here are comments from my interviews with those who have relocated within Ecuador.

“I thought I would like the big city
life in Quito and I did enjoy the classical concerts, the festivals, the
restaurants, and all the rest. After two years, however, I knew I
wanted a slower pace and land to grow a garden, so I moved to a farm
between Otavalo and Cotacachi.”
--  C., Otavalo ...<read more>  http://cuencahighlife.com/why-do-expats-go-home-why-do-they-seek-new-overseas-havens-a-long-time-expat-takes-a-hard-look-at-the-reasons-why/

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Why Ecuador?: Rumy Tola Casa #9 For Sale- Cotacachi, Ecuador

Why Ecuador?: Rumy Tola Casa #9 For Sale: This house is less than two years old!  Beautiful fenced in yard with lots of fruit and ornamental trees and plants.  Approximately 200 squa...



...We love this house and would gladly keep it and continue to live in it. 
However, we have decided that for our children's education and our
careers we need to return to the United States.   We are offering this
house for sale by owner in order to avoid paying a commission.  This
allows us to price the house lower than other similar houses on the
market and share that savings with the buyer as well...<read more> http://www.why-ecuador.com/p/blog-page_30.html 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Confessions… Ecuador 2014

Christmas Confessions… Ecuador 2014


Bless Me Father, For I’m About To Sin

Ecuador 2014
Ecuador 2014

Part One       (Jack and Paula)


We’ve decided to leave the country and retire in South America. It’s the place that seems to be the most affordable.


Dammit, I thought there would be more in our savings account, but things didn’t work out like I had hoped.



The equity in our home is gone. Not sure if there is even enough value in the property to pay the realtor fees.


We could just walk away. I hear of people doing that all the time.


Our retirement savings is just a smidge over $20,000.



I think by selling all the furniture, we could afford the airline tickets without touching the savings.


We don’t show enough income for a residency Visa… Our Social Security is all we have, and it’s off the mark by $32...<read more> http://www.ecuadorgeorge.com/ecuador-2014/#comment-168221


Expat Family: "All Together Now"

Expat Family: "All Together Now": Our last week before Elizabeth arrived was busy, but Christopher and I had a lot of fun. We managed to get some Skype time in with Elizabet...