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Viktoria Vidali

Viktoria Vidali has been a piano teacher, publisher, TV and documentary producer, photographer, and executive director of an environmental and educational nonprofit organization. Her first children’s book, Francisco and Gabriel’s Blue Moon Adventure, a magical tale of two brothers, is available on Amazon. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she’s now a resident of Vilcabamba.

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An expat explains why she pulled up stakes in Vilcabamba and returned to the U.S.

By Viktoria Vidali |

    To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. — Chinese proverb A healthy balance in reporting expats’ real-life accounts is beneficial for readers to gauge the character of a place, with readers being  … Read more

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

By Viktoria Vidali |

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 particular area of the world.”  … Read more

The expat journey is not only to another country but one within ourselves

By Viktoria Vidali |

By Viktoria Vidali When we journey beyond our countries of birth to foreign lands, we place ourselves in different cultures among people who speak a language we don’t fully understand. In the process we learn  … Read more

What are the qualities of successful expats: Two writers offer their view

By Viktoria Vidali |

By Viktoria Vidali In 2013, the number of people leaving their home country reached 232 million, up from 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990, putting global migration at an all time high. A common question  … Read more

A remarkable artist embraces Ecuador

By Viktoria Vidali |

By Viktoria Vidali Knowledge is the spring of creative talent. As it expands, it engages the artist’s deeper self and flows into a river of new combinations and relationships, from the quest for peaceful pathways to  … Read more

‘Love me if you can’ — the sensations of affinity

By Viktoria Vidali |

By Viktoria Vidali Much has been written about the “expat experience,” often in bulleted or numbered prescriptions, but we humans are not programmable like computers,and even when following good and well-meaning advice, many of us are  … Read more

The patchwork quilt: a thoughtful piece for Pascua and Semana Santa

By Viktoria Vidali |

By Viktoria Vidali High-school and family reunions, alumni gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, cultural holidays, or the chance meeting with an old friend—such are life events in which we retell stories and relive experiences we have in  … Read more

Humitas, Ecuadorian-style: preparing ‘little steamed things’ yields big payoff in food and fun

By Viktoria Vidali |

By Viktoria Vidali Editor’s note: Viktoria Vidali has been a piano teacher, publisher, TV and documentary producer, photographer, and executive director of an environmental and educational nonprofit organization. Her first children’s book, Francisco and Gabriel’s  … Read more

No more excuses! Tips for learning new things at retirement age and optimizing focused study habits

By Viktoria Vidali |

Editor’s note: Viktoria Vidali has been a piano teacher, publisher, TV and documentary producer, photographer, and executive director of an environmental and educational nonprofit organization. Her first children’s book, Francisco and Gabriel’s Blue Moon Adventure,  … Read more