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I am putting everyone on notice in Cuenca that from the looks of the signage, there will be a new Mexican restaurant opening up across from the SuperMaxi El Vergel.   Lets hope they have a proper combination platter.

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It isn't bad,  and what is not bad to me may be high praise for others. Worth trying.

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In the competition for top steak house, it came down to  Anubis and Amañan, the only two steak houses I know of, on my side of town.  While they both are good, I think Amañan is a better value, so they win. Plus they have beef stew on their menu while Anubis doesn't.   I also like the fact there are fewer choices on the menu for Amañan  which is important for those of us who have difficulty making decisions on what to order.

Here is a photo of their sign taken at night:

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Here is the steak dinner I ordered when my friend was buying:

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Here is the stew I ordered on another occasion when I was buying:

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I almost always see other gringos there when I go. Here is an expat I suspect by the suspenders is a retired banker:

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Your Everything Guide for Riding the Bus from terminal terrestre in Cuenca Ecuador to the Centro de Atención Ciuadana located in the city of  Azogues, in the province of Cañar.



Over a year ago the offices of the Ministerio de exteriores which processed residency visas  was moved to Azogues.  Soon after,  Wendy Jane Carrel, M.A. wrote an article for Cuencahighlife recommending that you make your trip there an adventure.   She stated that

you can go by taxi for $15 to $20 "

or

"find your way to the central bus station on the east side of Cuenca near the airport and locate one of two companies that send buses almost every half-hour during the day. It’s about a 40-minute $2 ride. The main bus station of Azogues is on the west side of town at the bottom of a hill. With some effort, you can walk to town uphill, or go by taxi (5-7 minutes).

Further, a few weeks ago Cuencahighlife reported that the rest of the services for foreigners were moving to Azogues, so even those folks applying for tourist visa extensions will need to travel to Azogues, also known as the "Obrera del Sur".

Having recently spent a lot of time riding buses to Azogues correcting a problem with my investors visa, I decided to expand on the topic of riding the bus there, in this authoratative tome.

First let us take a look at your departure point: Terminal Terrestre on avenida España near the airport.

http://www.eltiempo.com.ec/fotos-cuenca-ecuador/ecuador/t1_1435026669.jpg

Now you are responsible for finding your way to the terminal.   Of course you could take a taxi there, but that would be cheating. So I recommend you find a city bus line that wil take you there.  To find which bus to take to the terminal, I recommend you use the Moovit bus application. Or you can check out Cuenca Bus Sherpa as an alternative.

Once at the terminal you want to find the gate for Azogues.  There are big signs hanging from the ceiling at each gate indicating the different destination cities. The Azogues gate is like the second to the last gate heading east in the terminal.  You will need to buy a ticket for 10 cents from the ATM-looking machine to get you through the turnstyle.  You don't buy a ticket to get on the bus! They will either pass through the cabin to collect or more likely you will pay as you are getting off the bus at your destination.

Here is what the buses look like for going to Azogues and back:

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Okay after about a 40 minute or so bus ride including some stops you arrive to the terminal terrestre in Azogues that will remind you of the terminal in Cuenca. From there you could take a taxi for a  $1.50 to the Centro de Atención Ciuadana (CAC) building, but that would be cheating.  Instead you can take the following Centinela bus for 30 cents and it will take you to the CAC.  These buses are out back by the help desk, and NOT out front where there is a bus stop.  There is no buzzer to inform the driver to stop, so you need to work your way to the front of the bus to tell him to stop in case he forgets. I used the GPS on my phone to inform me as we were approaching my stop for the CAC.

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You know you have it made it to your destination if the building looks like the following photo:

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Just got the document that officially declares me of Ecuadorian nationality by way of naturalization.  So I guess that means I am an Ecuadorian citizen.

In a few weeks I will need to go to Registro Civil and get a new cedula reflecting my new status.   Then, in a month or two I will be called to appear in a swearing-in ceremony where I will have sing the national anthem.

To celebrate, maybe I will go to the Dennys of Cuenca and have pigs in a blanket tomorrow.

By the way, with my new found status, I am thinking the pecking order diagram no longer is adequate in describing the social hierarchy of the Cuenca expat community.  I hope to have a new illustration within the next few weeks.

Congrats to the social climber.  Read about it just now my tablet is connected  to FlyFi on a JetBlue flight from San Juan, PR to Newark NJ.  Spent two weeks in the Caribbean, heard a lot of French and Spanish.   Hoping to get to Ecuador in 2017, will let you know

Nards Barley :

Just got the document that officially declares me of Ecuadorian nationality by way of naturalization.  So I guess that means I am an Ecuadorian citizen.

Congratulations and well done Nards!

Congratulations and well done indeed, Nards. Can you share with us which Question banks you posted were most beneficial. Banco 2 for example has some questions that seem irrelevant, like which country was Napoleon emperor of or other questions that pertain to Homo sapiens  :/

And you can get a passport also....

Thanks guys.  Yes, In addition to figuring out how to apply for a passport, I need to figure out how to take back control of the money I used for my investor's visa.

Mugs, we will be sure to roll the red carpet out to you as an honorary resident expat.

Vsimple,

The flashcards I posted on cram.com filtered out all the world history stuff.  I would say that 40-50 percent of the questions were related to geography such as knowing the provinces and capitals as well as knowing what provinces make up the Sierra, Amazon or Coast.   

There were a couple on alternative names for cities and provinces, a few on important presidents in the past, a couple on cultural things, national forests.   Any questions that I had problem with and I remembered I would have added to the flashcards.  Study the flashcards and you will do fine.

Congratulations, Nards.

I am pleased to learn that you now know important things such as the capital of Sucumbios province -- Nueva Loja, aka Lago Agrio (bitter lake).

cccmedia in Quito

Last time I got tested for parasites I went to the lab right next door to Santa Ines hospital. I paid $30-35 I think. 

This time I looked for somewhere cheaper and I found it. The Red Cross on General Borrero y Presidente Cordova charges $2.50  I think there test is more limited than that at Santa Ines, cause I think they asked me if I wanted to be tested for amoebas as well at an additional cost.

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Saluting Nards Barley and the greater Cuenca Expat community on four years of posts and art on the Unofficial Web Page.... :top:

-- From Your Friends in Quito



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Just saw today that back in April James Woodward was murdered in Brazil.  He was very active on that forum, he had visited Ecuador expat forum, usually to engage in arguments, but we had not heard much from him this past year, as many chose to ignore him.  Those of you on this forum for 2 years or more know what I am saying.  He was a 66 year old Canadian.

mugtech :

Just saw today that back in April James Woodward was murdered in Brazil.  He was very active on that forum, he had visited Ecuador expat forum, usually to engage in arguments, but we had not heard much from him this past year, as many chose to ignore him.  Those of you on this forum for 2 years or more know what I am saying.  He was a 66 year old Canadian.

This is horrible, and yes I remember some of his posts.

Nards, having an Ecuador passport will allow you to travel all of South America without a visa.  The cost for a USA single entry visa to Brazil costs $175.  Same price for a USA visa to China, while a visa for China from Ecuador is only $35.  The only disadvantage I have discovered for being a dual citizen is that it may curtail your opportunities with the CIA.  I'm sure you took that into consideration before you sing that national anthem.

mugtech :

Just saw today that back in April James Woodward was murdered in Brazil.  He was very active on that forum, he had visited Ecuador expat forum, usually to engage in arguments, but we had not heard much from him this past year, as many chose to ignore him.  Those of you on this forum for 2 years or more know what I am saying.  He was a 66 year old Canadian.

I talked to James a number of times, he was actually a really upstanding guy with a good grasp of south American legal systems, regulations, bureaucratic ramblings, idiosyncrasies, street dangers, and culture. His dual language abilities were first rate.

These forums have never been the same since he's been gone.

gardener1 :
mugtech :

Just saw today that back in April James Woodward was murdered in Brazil.  He was very active on that forum, he had visited Ecuador expat forum, usually to engage in arguments, but we had not heard much from him this past year, as many chose to ignore him.  Those of you on this forum for 2 years or more know what I am saying.  He was a 66 year old Canadian.

I talked to James a number of times, he was actually a really upstanding guy with a good grasp of south American legal systems, regulations, bureaucratic ramblings, idiosyncrasies, street dangers, and culture. His dual language abilities were first rate.

These forums have never been the same since he's been gone.

I agree he was very knowledgeable in many areas, got tired of his bashing of the USA and USA expats.  It has been calmer on here since he departed.

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