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Post by gringal on Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:27 pm

Recently, I've been hearing about what a fine place Ecuador is to retire.
After reading the current news, it should give pause to those considering that. A 7.8 earthquake doesn't add to the appeal.
Of course, we at lakeside have plenty of our own potential hazards, including volcanoes. Still.............. Shocked

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Post by Rosa Venus on Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:43 pm

"Ring of Fire! Ring of Fire!,
Don't Retire to the Ring of Fire!'


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Post by solajijic on Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:52 pm

ajajajajajajajajaj jjeejejejejejje

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Post by islandiver on Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:54 pm

solajijic wrote:ajajajajajajajajaj jjeejejejejejje
Was that by Johnny Cash?

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Post by SunFan on Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:13 pm

I spoke three days ago with an Ecuadorian who moved here a couple of weeks ago a) for the cost of living and b) for the weather.

Apparently with the collapse of the oil market the economy is in the tank along with inflation.


He mentioned he's aware of over 100 ex-Ecuadorians now here at Lakeside.

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Post by juanrey on Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:50 pm

I never understood the allure of Ecuador. It sounded like a good deal from a financial and climate standpoint, but their infrastructure, closeness to a major airport, distance from getting back to the US for emergencies or visits all were big negatives which far outweighed the positives.
I think I met the same folks who just relocated here from Ecuador and it sure sounds like the financial advantage really is not as good as we have it here. So, I'm not at all surprised to see some who went and moved there, now rethink their position and try it out here. By the way, I give them all the credit in the world for going and trying it out and I am glad to see them like it even more here.

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Post by espíritu del lago on Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:05 pm

I'm in the serious research mode, checking out Colombia.   Either Bogata or ???.

I've had some serious offers on my ranch... I plan on  checking out of Texas while the getting is good... ie.. They are offering serious dollars.

I'll definitely sell! !!!
 God willing! !! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:33 am

Too much rain in Ecuador.
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Post by viajero on Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:17 am

juanrey wrote:I never understood the allure of Ecuador.

Me either,unless you like their national dish,,roasted guinea pig..

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Post by rvanparys on Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:25 am

We considered Ecuador before moving to Lakeside... As Juan Rey said, distance, lack of infrastructure, and a shaky economy coupled with a pseudo-Commie government certainly takes the bloom off the rose...

Expats are attracted by the low cost of living but you get what you pay for.

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Post by viajero on Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:26 am

espíritu del lago wrote:I'm in the serious research mode, checking out Colombia.   Either Bogata or ???.
I've been to Bogata, in the bad old days,I liked Cartagena much better.

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Post by slainte39 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:19 am

viajero wrote:
espíritu del lago wrote:I'm in the serious research mode, checking out Colombia.   Either Bogata or ???.
I've been to Bogata, in the bad old days,I liked Cartagena much better.


My favorite was Medellin....got a little testy for a few years with the narcotraficantes, but I think it's back to near normal now.
Cali on a cool day is like Cancun on a hot day.  LOL

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Post by slainte39 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:29 am

rvanparys wrote:We considered Ecuador before moving to Lakeside... As Juan Rey said, distance, lack of infrastructure, and a shaky economy coupled with a pseudo-Commie government certainly takes the bloom off the rose...

Expats are attracted by the low cost of living but you get what you pay for.


Pseudo??....almost the real thing, but the real problem is a bunch of political leaders there that are very much anti-US, even with President Obama in power.  Can't imagine how they will be if a right wing candidate wins the presidency in the US...,probably not good.

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Post by sm1mex on Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:28 pm

Some real high altitude in places in Ecuador. Hard to breathe.

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Post by kipissippi on Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:30 pm

The last I heard 270 were dead so far from the earthquake today.
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Post by slainte39 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:40 am

kipissippi wrote:The last I heard 270 were dead so far from the earthquake today.


Now over 400.....tragic.

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Post by Trailrunner on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:08 am

Very.
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Post by Luisa on Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:13 am

Rosa Venus wrote:"Ring of Fire! Ring of Fire!,
Don't Retire to the Ring of Fire!'


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Better add Oklahoma to the Ring of Fire--the earthquakes may be manmade, but they are still earthquakes.

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Post by viajero on Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:38 am

Want to see a great documentary?
Check out (Ring of Fire),by Lawrence Blair.

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Post by UrbanMan on Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:05 pm

Do any of you know of expats who live or have lived in Guadalajara? If yes, are there any impressions or stories you can pass on?
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Post by Trailrunner on Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:49 pm

Join Mexpats Guadalajara on Facebook.
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Post by UrbanMan on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:52 pm

Thanks Trailrunner. I might look at some point, but I have to say Facebook tends to be people sharing pics of their pets and posting minutia, as opposed to a place where information and perspectives of real value can be found.
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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:35 pm

While i would have agreed with you two years ago, Facebook has lots of discussion groups and clubs now a days. You can choose who you friend and what you want to look at.
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Post by Trailrunner on Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:47 pm

Exactly!
I love my groups and pages and news sites. You can hide the other stuff in the feed but still stay in touch with those you want to.
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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:51 pm

You can also remain "friends" with someone yet block all the crap they post. I have a few under that category....... Jaja.
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