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Tram project needs an additional $35 million, mayor says; request sparks city council debate as some members demand more information

Mayor Marcelo Cabrera wants to add an additional $35 million to Cuenca’s 2016 municipal budget for tram construction but opponents say the request offers inadequate explanation of how the money Continue reading »

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Lunes, 30/11/2015: Symphony outdoors, red tile roofs, tranvía, Germany

Hola, Todos –  Pagina cultural –  Fotógrafos – The Association of Ecuadorian Photographers will introduce the Directorio de Fotógrafos Ecutorianos (Directory of Ecuadorian Photographers) 2015-2016 tomorrow (1/12) at 19:00 in the Museo Municipal de Continue reading »

Departmentos Otorongo is located in a park-like setting on the Tomebamba River.

Do you need a home-base for your exploration trip to Cuenca? Apartamentos Otorongo on the banks of the Rio Tomebamba could be the answer

By Susan Burke March, MSEd, RDN, LDN, CDE It’s no wonder that the Apartamentos Otorongo’s occupancy rate averages 80 percent, where most other hotels in Cuenca average about 40 percent. Continue reading »

Much of the condo construction in Cuenca has been funded by remittances from overseas. Photo credit: Rich & Nancy

Cuenca’s growth and prosperity have been fueled by $4 billion in remittances from Ecuadorians living overseas, mostly from the U.S.

Almost $4 billion has been sent home to Cuenca in the last decade from Ecuadorians living overseas, mostly in the U.S. and southern Europe. The money has fueled unprecedented growth Continue reading »

U..S. Ambassador to Ecuador Todd Chapman

New U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador trained in Bolivia and Afghanistan

No one can say that new U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, Todd Chapman, didn’t earn his posting. A career Foreign Service officer nominated for the position on Oct. 5, 2015, Chapman Continue reading »

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Domingo, 29/11/2015: Christmas concert, PayPhone, glacier melt, BIRM

Hola, Todos –  Pagina cultural –  Fotografía – There was a meeting of the Motiquedada Ecológica Mundial en Cuenca in El Paraíso at 10 today (19/11) for aficionados of photography. Continue reading »

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The Cañar and Inca ruins north of Cuenca

For a young expat family, Ecuador is just one stop in a life’s journey

I’m regularly asked something along the lines of: “How did you guys end up in Ecuador?” or, “How did you decide on Ecuador?” The question has perplexed me and I Continue reading »

The Thanksgiving spread at El Coilgado.

Learning to straddle the cultural divide, enjoying an Andean Thanksgiving

By Dave Nelson Learning Spanish is not limited to the classroom. A couple of weeks ago a taxi driver corrected my pronunciation of the word tranquilo when we were talking Continue reading »

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Nuts for the holidays! Adding nuts to your diet can add years to your life

By Susan Burke March Nuts are healthy additions to your diet — as long as you stay clued in to how much you’re eating. Nuts are very high in fat, Continue reading »

Vilcabamba kids work on mosaics.

Expats and locals are more alike than they are different and the arts help to bring them together

By Viktoria Vidali For every expat, moving to a foreign land means acclimating to a new culture, defined as “those shared patterns of belief, knowledge, and conduct typical to a Continue reading »

Carnival ride in Vilcabamba 2015 Photo copyright; Thomas H. Ives 2015 16355500_1 (1)

Straight from the heart

American-born photographer Thomas Ives has worked for international news and feature magazines for over 38 years. His photo essays and images have appeared in National Geographic, Time, Geo, Stern, Newsweek, Continue reading »

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