- File Size: 898 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Publisher: Awakenings Publications (May 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DRITI0U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #27 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Travel > Central & South America > South America > Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
- #103 in Books > Travel > South America > Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
- #168 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Human Geography
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness Kindle Edition
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In February, 2012, I was back in California, planning a move to Ecuador, a country where I had never been, knew no one, didn't speak the language and knew nothing of the culture. With the aid of The Internet, I did my best to research and consider all the questions that occurred to me. But you don't know what you don't know! Some questions made my list: I knew I would need a visa, for example. And some questions did not: The challenges of acclimating to a mountain climate, for example. The foregoing illustrates the greatest value of the book: Whether you are considering Cuenca, Ecuador or some other location, Susan gives you THE LIST of all the things you need to consider and plan for. If I'd had this book before departing, I could have saved myself a ton of time, effort, and money.
But wait, there's more. As a Cuenca resident, I was surprised how much new information I discovered about the city and living here. Reading Susan's book, and using it as an ongoing resource, will make my experience of Cuenca even richer. Buy the book.
Also, one of the frustrations when reading books on living in another country is that there is often a message of "you-should-sell-all-your-things-and-come-live-here-because-it-is-really-really-wonderful!" A lot of the most successful expat books and websites sell dreams not reality and what I was looking for was reality. Schenck, fortunately, did not paint her portrait of Cuenca while wearing rose colored glasses (or at least she seemed to. I haven't been there yet!). Expats in Cuenca painted a picture of the ups and downs of living there from the perspective of someone who enjoys the place and offered enough specifics without bogging down into too much detail.