Well, I guess it's time to start wrapping up my observations. Cuenca is a beautiful city- I love that the weather changes constantly and is never too hot or cold. This is especially on my mind now that I'm back in Sacramento and it is 80 degrees at 10am.
The traffic fumes and noise are off putting, but I think that if we lived in a quieter neighborhood, the noise issues would subside. And, the light rail system(and a proposal that would change the buses over eventually to low emission ones) that is being installed may take care of a lot of the fumes. Frank really does not like being packed into a bus and having to jump off when the bus has barely stopped, but he lived in NYC for six years, so I'm sure he could get used to it again!😀
The food is AMAZING! I love the variety of fruits and vegetables available at the mercado and the almuerzos are cheap, sufficient, tasty, and not extremely unhealthy when viewed from the perspective of the average American's diet. I would have to get used to the lack(or exorbitant prices) of certain things that we view as almost staples in the U.S. Things such as pasta sauce, good tasting olives (Frank said that the ones I bought tasted like they were preserved in kerosene), and wine are very different than what is in California. The cheapest wine (which is a liter in a cardboard box) starts at $6, and, if you want it in an actual glass bottle, more like $10.
The people in Ecuador are quite friendly, but, despite what I had read online previous to our trip, not many people speak English(other than at the gringo haunts), so it will be extremely necessary to up our Spanish game.
Everything is so green! Again, the difference from California (with a pernicious drought occurring) is quite apparent. There are such bright roses and orchids and many other plants everywhere and they are all gorgeous!
So, are we moving? Well, we will need to count the cost thoroughly and also review other possibilities (one being Pereira, Colombia, on which I have started doing research), and then see what the future holds!
I'm a Certified Massage Therapist, a book lover, a happy wife, a teacher, and a fiber arts specialist. Oh, and I may be moving to Ecuador!