8 thoughts on “Internet

  1. Had to wait for the internet, phone and cable connections to be made. I had to talk to my wife for a week. I survived but just barely.

  2. Confession is good for the sole, but not necessarily for relationships.

    I promise to keep this between you and me, if that is of any consolation.

    😉

  3. My lady takes my S3 away from me whenever we go out. She says it improves my commo skills – ok, she’s right…. On your other post, Don, if I ever do make it up your way, I can talk to people about all of the subjects listed regarding Ecuador. I’ve lived here 12 years now, and I see from the retirement literature that Ecuador’s now the most popular place in LA for gringo retirees…

  4. Hi, Don, Difficult question to answer, at least from my perspective, since you’re asking for comments on contrasts.

    I haven’t lived in Panama since 2001, so I’m sure things have changed considerably, particularly in the Boquete/Bambito/Volcan areas. As one example, while I was there (1997-2001), we visited Bambito and Volcan quite a bit, and in those days, there were virtually no gringos in Volcan; quite a different story now, as you well know.

    That said, I can tell you that more and more gringos seem to be showing up here for the “usual” reasons: decent cost of living (gas costs $2/gal, and while most gringos don’t seem to have cars, you can extrapolate from that base cost into taxi rates, transport costs for food, goods, etc.). Most expats live in the Sierra (Quito, Cuenca to the south, which is a town about the size of David, I’d estimate, and Cotocachi to the north, town about the size of Penonome), where the climate is mild (4-28 degrees, C) with two seasons and low humidity. We have no mosquitoes or roaches at these altitudes (Quito’s at 9,000 ft, the other towns somewhat lower) and most (but not all) expats live in apartments; they’re cheaper and guarded.

    Medical care is excellent in Quito, just about as good as anything in the States and cheaper. I should tell you that I do not use the public health or local Social Security systems here, so I can’t comment on their quality. I do have the sense that things in the public health sector have gotten a lot better since Correa became President in 2007, however.

    Back to the cost of living thing, the economy has boomed here under Correa, so the cost of housing in Quito, at least, has gone up, not astronomically, but it’s gone up. Housing in the other two main gringo hang-outs has gone up as well, ironically because of the presence of – you guessed it – the gringos.

    Security is good in the two smaller towns of which I write, and it’s pretty good here in Quito; I’ve lived here 12 years, as I say,and I’ve never had a problem (knocking on wood at this point).

    I’ve gotta go to an function, so will close at this point. In closing, I want to mention that there are various expat blogs about Ecuador, big one that I can remember right now is called the Gringo Tree, which focuses on Cuenca, but it links to other, more personalized blogs like yours… More later, take care, L

  5. …Forgot to mention that the climate is mild enough such that neither heating nor air-conditioning is required. Consequently, electricity bills are pretty low; mine hangs between $10-15/month. I think the internet service is pretty good, but it’s still pricey: speed of 6MB goes for $47/month. Expats get reimbursed for sales tax expenditures, and there are discounts for senior citizens on public transport (works out to $.12 to go anywhere in Quito) although I have a car.

    Anyway, those are some snapshots for comparison purposes with life in your part of the world, Don. Saludos, L

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