New members of the Ecuador forum, introduce yourselves here - 2020

Hi all,

Newbie on the Ecuador forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country, or to tell us more on your expat projects in Ecuador if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hi all. I realize this isn’t a dating forum but I hope it isn’t inappropriate to solicit some related insights or advice from group members.

The thing is I’m a single guy who aspires to a retirement or semi-retirement expat lifestyle. In the meantime I enjoy traveling and scouting out prospective destinations. Because I’m fortunate to feel young for my age (certainly in spirit, perhaps to a slightly lesser extent in body?) I tend to seek out unique destinations and somewhat active experiences. I gravitate toward solo or small group soft adventure tours over cruises and tour buses…hiking, biking, snorkeling, etc…and hope to continue that style of travel for as long as I am able (and also as part of my future expat retirement). What I often find in these situations is that, not only am I usually among the oldest participants, but most fellow travelers are couples or other single guys. The relatively few single women I encounter typically are much younger than me.

I guess what I’m wondering is whether anyone can suggest any particular travel forums or vacation/retirement destinations where I’m more likely to meet semi-adventurous single women in their 50s and 60s? Not necessarily other expats, but potentially local women as well. So long as they speak some English…since my Spanish is currently very rusty! Thanks for empathizing with my plight. :) Bill

Hi Bill,
Welcome to Expat.Com  :)

You said it right, we are not a dating forum.

However, depending on how you express your interest (information), members might guide you.

Feel free to open a new topic on the Ecuador forum as we are on the introduction feed.

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Regards,
Bhavna

Bill from Wisconsin :

I guess what I’m wondering is whether anyone can suggest any ... vacation/retirement destinations where I’m more likely to meet semi-adventurous single women in their 50s and 60s? Not necessarily other expats, but potentially local women as well. So long as they speak some English…since my Spanish is currently very rusty! Thanks for empathizing with my plight.

For Expat women:  Cuenca is a good spot to meet and connect with Expat single women as security there is not the issue it is in Quito or most other cities.  Also, there are many events attended by singles in Cuenca.

For single South American women of the age range indicated:  Learn Spanish well and this circuit can be gold for you in many cities in the region.  Fail to learn Spanish and your options may be greatly limited on the circuit.

As for finding adventurous women, YMMV. ;)

cccmedia

Medellín, Colombia, is famous for Expats meeting women.

Speaking English probably won't get a man far here except in pay-to-play scenarios.

Books have been written about Expat singles concepts in Medellín, so visit your online bookseller if you wish to delve into the possibilities.

cccmedia at the departure lounge for gate 12A
      at Medellín's international airport

Hello Everyone,

I'm new to the forum, will be retiring this year at the age of 55, and I dream of leaving dreary old Indiana for something different. I'm as adventurous as they come, as far as trying new places and things.

Ecuador appeals to me for its low cost of living and diverse geography. I speak Spanish fairly well, as long as the native Spanish speaker speaks slowly. Reading and writing in Spanish, definitely not a problem for me.

Income-wise, I'll have a smallish nestegg once I sell my home here, and a monthly income of about $2500, so I think Ecuador is do-able.

No definite plans yet; just checking out all of the possibilities on our great planet!

Jen

Hello! I am a 34 year old online English teacher.  After spending 3 months in 2018, I am returning to Ecuador next week for 6 months, after which I will assess whether to take the plunge and apply from residency.

I will be based primarily in Vilcabamba but planning to take some trips to Otavalo/Imbabura, Cuenca and hopefully Guayaquil/Galapagos.

My first priority on arrival is to find a good clinic in Vilcabamba/Loja for parasite testing as I am pretty sure I have been carrying some unwanted guests for the past year since visiting Peru.  Unfortunately the UK NHS has been less than helpful.  I have already posted a topic in the health forum looking for recommendations but if anyone has any info pls PM me.

Hi
My wife and I moved to coastal Ecuador 4 years ago. Time flies. I still return for a week every month or so for work just because I still like to. There is good and bad of course but we enjoy our time. One of the biggest challenges is finding friends who enjoy active things. Many folks here want to eat and drink out every night. We like this too but not all the time! I have found Ecuadorians to be friendly and helpful when you need it. You have to beware. There is the usual collection of bad folks lined up to take advantage of you if you let them. Luckily this kind of activity is theft, almost never violence. In fact, one of the endearing qualities of Ecuadorians is that they do not like confrontation. I take this as a sign of maturity. Losing your temper is a sign of lack of control here; just not accepted. Of course driving is the exception. Vehicles are aggressive and disrespectful and the drivers just can't control them.  All in all it is a good experience here.

Hey all - I'm an expat living in Cuenca with my Ecuadorian family.

We love the tranquility in Cuenca after living in Quito. It's a lot more chilled in Cuenca and we think it's a better environment to raise kids.

Not sure if linking is allowed in here, but we have an expat blog, expatsecuador.com primarily aimed at helping expats get used to life in Ecuador if anyone is interested in learning more about us :)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Expat.com :)

[at]Jason Ecuador :

It seems that you have settled quite smoothly in Cuenca. Thanks for sharing your blog; you must have a lot info and tips to share with expats looking to move to Ecuador or already living there. You should consider adding it to our blog directory, here: Blogs from expats in Ecuador  :top:

All the best,

Diksha
Team Expat.com

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction Diksha, I've just submitted the blog.

Enjoy your day.

Hi fellow expats. I will move to Cuenca in May. Gringo Visas is facilitating the required documents. I have a one month rental in the UNESCO area old town. Only a couple of apostilled documents remain in the mail from Dee Cee, so I'm looking forward to getting the two year temporary visa. I look forward to meeting others who are adventurous from the U.S.

Emigrayo68

Does anyone have experience with direct deposit Social Security to an account in Ecuador? I've read on U.S. gov't website that Ecuador can receive checks via direct deposit. Until I get my visa/cedula JEP is the only financial institution available, and they can't get direct deposit from the U.S.

Emigrayo68

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