Joanna Bender lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, with her partner Stacey Jaudon. She works as a freelance editor, writer, and marketing consultant and has been known to dance non-stop for hours on end when the spirit moves her.
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On early Sunday morning December 18, the popular local eatery and expat hangout Common Ground was robbed. Video footage from the apartment building behind the restaurant shows four men leaving with the stolen items, including … Read more
By Joanna Bender Ecuador is known for producing fine coffee, and yet most of that good coffee is exported to the United States and Europe. Locals often have to be satisfied with a basic coffee … Read more
By Joanna Bender When Pete Breckinridge and Michelle Bakeman, the husband/wife team behind the popular Popacuchu Café, closed and sold their thriving business recently, locals mourned the passing of the café. This 2-part series looks … Read more
By Joanna Bender When Pete Breckinridge and Michelle Bakeman, the husband and wife team behind the popular Popacuchu Café, closed and sold their thriving business recently, locals mourned its passing, especially Michelle’s one-of-a-kind desserts. The … Read more
By Joanna Bender U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Todd Chapman is in Cuenca this week to meet with local officials and expats. It was his second visit to the city, and, on Monday afternoon, he sat … Read more
For New York pianist Jim Gala, playing jazz music is all about adding something meaningful to the moment when music is being created. And it’s not something you do by yourself. “You’re a thread in … Read more