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Volunteering with monkeys in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest

It was a dream come true as we found the opportunity to volunteer with wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Far off from any civilization we would be caring for Woolly Monkeys and other indigenous animals. And yes – it became a once in a lifetime adventure! It started on a bad note At Buenos …more

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Single Expat Moves to Cuenca, Ecuador

After 23 years of living at Lake Chapala in Mexico, I decided to strike out and explore where I might want to live next. I was already familiar with Spanish-language countries; I had lived a happy, interesting, and contented life in Mexico since I was 40 years old. However, after 25 years as a single …more

Ecuador…Retirement Gem With a Lot of Sparkle

Let’s just imagine for a minute that you are among a large number of folks whose retirement planning didn’t go as well as you’d hoped. Perhaps your 401K under-performed or your pension fund collapsed or was raided. Maybe your home equity vanished when the economy tanked and you had some hefty medical bills that punched …more

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Finding a ‘Best Friend Forever’ in Ecuador

The loaf of German rye bread that I picked up from a specialty bakery—I could write about it forever! Dense, dark bread, high in fiber and strong in flavor it whispered “pick me up,” when we took time from our walk to shop in colonial Cuenca, Ecuador. Definitely it will make fine toast when spread …more

Flocking to Portugal

It is not just the seagulls flocking to Portugal! 2,000 people a day are requesting residency here. Yes, two thousand! And why not? The Portuguese people have a well-deserved reputation for their friendliness. Sun shines most of the year, even in the north; more so, the further south you go. The cuisine is fresh and …more

Offshoring Retirement

As a growing number of retirees face financial insecurity, what impact could those who move abroad have on lower-income communities? Retirement is changing. Not only are a growing number of people facing greater financial insecurity as they approach retirement. They are also aging in a cultural context that validates travel, adventure, and the pursuit of …more

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Retire to France? What Were We Thinking?

How to live a simpler life? Slower? More Zen-like? In a place with good food and wine and lots of sunshine? We are globetrotters, my man and I. After living the expat life in over a half dozen developing countries because of my husband’s work as a development agri- economist, we had to decide where …more

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A Retirement Adventure

The wheels started turning in our patio one evening after my wife Jane and I returned from a trip to Atlantic City. Sitting there enjoying the August evening in Wausau, Wisconsin, my thoughts were about the next week when I had to return to work. After awhile I broke the peaceful silence and announced “I …more

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