St Patricks Day in Ecuador: No Green Beer!

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Happy Saint Patricks Day to those of you who celebrate!

In Ecuador,  the beer is still it’s familiar amber color, there are no people dancing in the street singing in Gaelic and people don’t wear green.

But I thought it would be nice to post a traditional Irish blessing anyway today.

So, here is a traditional Irish blessing in Gaelic, the Irish Language.
Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
Go mall ag déanamh namhaid, 
go luath a déanamh carad,
Ach saibhir nó daibhir, go mall nó go luath,
Nach raibh ach áthas agat
Ón lá seo amach.

The Translation is in English below:

May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings, 
Slow to make enemies, 
quick to make friends, 
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness 
From this day forward. 

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If you came here to learn more about Ecuador, in  my  new book, Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador. I talk more specifically about All. Things. Ecuador. 

Feel free to purchase my new bookWords To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuadoravailable both on Kindle and Paperback formats.

Personally, I prefer the kindle version as all my photos are in color in that version. However if you like a traditional paperback in your hands where you can make your own notes, feel free to purchase that version where the photos are in black and white.

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Why Do Ecuadorians Play Their Music So Deafeningly Loud?

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Below was a question posted on an Ecuador Focused Facebook Site. If you wish to be a “fly on the wall” to the many expats who are living in Ecuador, this conversation is a great opportunity to hear their thoughts on living in Ecuador:

I am not trying to start a war or ruffle feathers, but I honest to goodness want to know: Why do Ecuadorians play their music at deafening levels? There is no regard for neighbors or even the people attending. The party last night started at 8:30 and blasted till 6 this morning. Not all the pillows and ear plugs in town could drown it out. 

(Please Note: I have taken out the names to protect the privacy of the individuals who replied:)

EXPAT RESPONSES

*** Welcome to Ecuador..

*** One thing a loud music culture, the other is insulation is not needed on southamerican homes, therefore with the same party in the states there wont be as much loudness scaping to the neighbour

*** My husband and I are country people. We need quiet. Therefore, we cannot live in towns. We live out in a finca area. About once every six months they have a big party. Fortunately it is far away and we have ways of muting the sound.

*** Some people love city life and the noise that comes with it. We don’t. So we found we will never do well in town.

*** Fyi..talk with the police. There are ordanence in ecuador. There was in galapagos and in guayaquil. I sent a letter to a city hall office. The neighboor was horrible.. dogs too. They have the same laws in ecuador. It is a $200 fine if you dont comply to the complaints.

*** They enjoy noise and a party atmosphere. So do many young people world wide. People and cultures have different preferences.

***Don’t tolerate this. First time, they get a polite request. Second time, they get a less-happy request. Third time, they got a policemen brought to their door. No policemen around? Bang on their door at 7am… or just start hootin’ and hollerin’ like you’re part of the party.

***You want to be in their country you should be more tolerant. You are the guest.

*** Isn’t life too short for BS like this??????

*** That how it is in Vilcabamba downtown. Lots of parties on weekends!

***  This is a Latin thing and found in all Latin based countries even the Philippines. I think they subscribe to the idea that MORE and BIGGER is better grin emoticon

*** Partying, drinking, cockfights, and loud music.. I have found thiem in every Latin country I have visited LOL

*** I think they enjoy being with friends and family and this is one way they celebrate it. I love to see them happy and far be it for me to try to put a stop to it!

***  In my example, the guy was sitting just inside his front door, all alone, with his giant speaker just outside the front door. At 630am.

*** I try to make everyone leave by breakfast.

*** The parties are so interactive, dancing, eating, men telling ‘cachos’, dancing some more….drinking and hungry again.

*** So, who cares about all the many neighbors trying to sleep? Who cares about them? Some may say that is selfish. It is possible to have fun without that crazy high noise level.

*** I tell my neighbors and invite them and I am cognizant of the noise level. I care, I cannot answer for others. I am sorry that you jumped into conclusions that I was okay with being disruptive with the noise….rather, I was explaining as to why the parties last so long.

We have had the exact same problem. I just went to a wedding of friends and there two competing parties with loudspeakers full blast. I finally got it after 5 years. They really enjoy it so now I know I have to leave every major holiday or suffer the consequences.

*** sounds like Thailand too.

*** Es es muy malo ,pero cuando eso suceda llamar a la policía y ellos tendrá que resolverlo las fiestas están permitidas máximo asta las 3:00 de la madrugada no más

*** Wait until one of your neighbors decide to have a Karaoke party. Is even worst they would sing songs out of tune for hours.

*** Shoot me, please. I would go crazy.

*** Had this start blasting one night at 300 am … Sad drunk love songs … Was kinda funny … Luckily I went right back to sleep … The crazy disco lights were actually worse than the music coming thru the window … Musta been laser lights … Doesn’t happen often so I can live with it as luckily I am retired and have no pressing engagements to worry about … Ever smile emoticon

*** Summers here in Rosarito, Mexico, exactamente. And year round there are many restaurants I don’t frequent because I can’t have a conversation of any sort due to the shear volume of the music, forget the noise from the patrons. Think it’s those Latin genes.

*** Isn’t it wonderful that the problem is music? At least you aren’t in the USA where people are being beaten up for the color of their skin.

*** Is it really necessary to interject USA racial issues into a discussion about loud music? Wanna talk about the bad water in Flint as long as you have totally changed the subject from loud music in Ecuador? I lived in St Louis, is there police brutality in America, yes. But more than 50% of the citizens of St Louis are black, and 99.9% can walk down the streets without police brutality.

*** And at least it’s not gun shots … I’ll take party over violence noise every day !!! And night !! We are so uptight in the north Americas we really have lost the ability to live and let live and I hope we don’t ruin Ecuador with our Norms and appreciate and assimilate into the culture or leave to seek more familiar surroundings

*** Sorry to hear that, that doesn’t happened ever here where i live , and this is Ecuador too.. ooops… lol …. have you tried and talk to the police if that happens too often ? .. if it is once a year.. well…

*** I think their hearing is so damaged from previous parties that they need to turn it up! Think about it! These people have been taking their INFANTS to these noisy parties from birth! There has to be some repercussions, hearing damage!!!

*** Because it’s a different culture…

*** Occasionally there are the loud all night parties with the same ol reggie tone booming out. There is some great latin dance music, but seldom hear that, just the same ol crap. What I don’t understand, I have driven down to where the parties are at 4AM or so and NO ONE is there, but the music is still blasting. Why?

*** They are all dead drunk

*** When this happens in Pto Lopez, we presume that the party givers paid for the DJ and the DJ will always give them their monies worth.

***  Its not “Ecuadorians”. Its some Ecuadorians, not all. And it is quite burdensom. Also Colombians, Peruvians, Brasilians, and other Latinamericans do this, with utter disregard towards their neighbours. Its the culture I guess. And often, not much you can do about it. Unfortunately.

*** I am with you on this issue. I live in a noisy neighborhood and am a light sleeper. Loud music through the night! Ugh! I strongly dislike Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 when the Zumba music is played at the highest level possible right outside my window. My Windows shake! I have to make myself not go out and turn down the volume.

*** I mean I love music I listen it to it all day As I don’t have a TV! However I would never inflict it at all times on my neighbours. I don’t mind a bit of music daytime even if a bit loud (can be hard when I work at home) but all day everyday all night etc. it is tiresome. I feel manners go along way. I notice sometimes here can be lacking like when driving say in UK we put our hand up to say thanks etc when someone gives way. Or when my kids or me walk across a road and a car stops To give way i have taught them to raise their hands as a thank you etc etc I haven’t seen anyone return the same courtesy not once. However I accept that lots of people here will say good morning when standing in a crowd waiting and that def doesn’t happen in UK! So it’s yin and yang I suppose with all things. I will persist with my UK style of manners too ingrained and automatic for me maybe it will catch on?!

*** I don’t get comments like these ones. With all due respect, we’re here in Ecuador as foreign guests. No one is forcing us to be specifically here. If there are things we don’t like about Ecuador, we can move.

Not only that, but as others had mentioned it’s a massively huge (and in my opinion inappropriately racist) generalization to say that “Ecuadorians” play their music loudly. My girlfriend’s mother certainly doesn’t, nor does her grandma, her brother, her brother’s wife, her uncles, her aunts, etc., etc., etc….

*** I do not think anyone said everyone!! I certainly did not as I am married into an Ecuadorian family who do not do this. Also I think we are allowed to have our opinions and little moans just because we live here we shouldn’t have to say “Hey everything is great, all ok, and I accept it all whether I like it or not”. This really is simplistic. This thing of saying “well if you don’t like it then leave” that is racist. I hear that all the time to migrants in the UK!

*** I doubt anyone expects a whole culture to change!!! As I said when I can I will move to a quieter area. I think it is perfectly ok to let off steam here in the expats group.

*** I think expecting an entire country’s culture to be changed in order to accommodate people coming here for a low cost of living is quite absurd.

*** Exactly correct. It’s only some, not all.

*** I am with you on this issue. I live in a noisy neighborhood and am a light sleeper. Loud music through the night! Ugh! I strongly dislike Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 when the Zumba music is played at the highest level possible right outside my window. My Windows shake! I have to make myself not go out and turn down the volume.

*** I mean I love music I listen it to it all day As I don’t have a TV! However I would never inflict it at all times on my neighbours. I don’t mind a bit of music daytime even if a bit loud (can be hard when I work at home) but all day everyday all night …

*** I don’t get comments like these ones. With all due respect, we’re here in Ecuador as foreign guests. No one is forcing us to be specifically here. If there are things we don’t like about Ecuador, we can move

*** I do not think anyone said everyone!! I certainly did not as I am married into an Ecuadorian family who do not do this. Also I think we are allowed to have our opinions and little moans just because we live here we shouldn’t have to say “Hey everything is cool…

*** My comment was a reply to the person making the post, who did use the term “Ecuadorians” as a generalization. The difference is, migrants in the UK are probably in the UK for much, much different reasons than most of the people making and commenting

*** I doubt anyone expects a whole culture to change!!! As I said when I can I will move to a quieter area. I think it is perfectly ok to let off steam here in the expats group.

*** After a few nights in Cotacachi with the roosters, musical garbage trucks, early morning blaring loudspeakers and the music it was a no brainer that ¨city¨ life was not for me. So we bought a short distance from town.

*** When you say, “Ecuadorians”, you generalize. Not all “Ecuadorians” are created equal. I could say the same thing about people, here in the States, but that would be like putting everyone in a certain category. Signed, an Ecuadorian.

*** Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con usted.

*** Yes I suppose reading the op the poster could of used a better choice of words. I am sure it was not meant in an offensive way. Come on people we all generalize as some point in our lives no one is perfect – look I just did i just said all us Brits are moaners….please UK expats I don’t mean it honest its just a joke!

*** And another generalisation from another Brit……we fell in live with Ecuador and Ecuadorians. Does NOT mean we cannot voice our opinions or little moans. We think the main issue with living in Ecuador is the expats who seem either to be delightful, warm and friendly, or little arses.

*** I reckon I am somewhere in between Frankie, delightful, warm and friendly ass? smile emoticon !

*** it’s OK! I had the gall to complain about a corporate grocery chain, TIA, cause they do not sell kitty litter and rarely sell Diet Coke. OMG did the spears fly! I was told to get the f*ck back to America.

*** Before we bought our land and built our home in Puerto Lopez, an Ecuadorian friend gave us great advice. He said neighbors are everything here…get to know them BEFORE you buy anything. We did. I think we have the best neighbors in town.

*** I agree with most of you..not all Ecuadorian used to do this ..

***I think some of you are bing nit picky about the choice of words, especially referring to Ecuadorians. Maybe it would have been more PC.

What do you think?

In  my  new book, Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador. I talk more specifically about All. Things. Ecuador. Feel free to purchase my new bookWords To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuadoravailable both on Kindle and Paperback formats. Personally, I prefer the kindle version as all my photos are in color in that version. However if you like a traditional paperback in your hands where you can make your own notes, feel free to purchase that version where the photos are in black and white.

Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador

Citizenship In Ecuador?

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Many people have asked me this question, “Do many ex-pats become Ecuadoran citizens?”

The truth is that very few Expats become Ecuadorian citizens.

Many people who come to Ecuador, thinking they will stay for life, are gone within three years of attaining residency, which is the time at which they have the right to seek citizenship.

The rest often don’t have the incentive to seek official citizen status because:

1. They already have lifetime residency rights.

2. They may be retired and so don’t need special custody or travel-with-minors rights that citizenship could provide.

Some few may seek citizenship to be able to travel outside Ecuador without residency-imposed restrictions or to get real estate released for re-sale on which their residency was based.

But most people who come to live in Ecuador seem to feel satisfied that they have Permanent Residency Status and don’t feel the need to take the next step of gaining full citizenship in Ecuador.

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ECUADOR?

If you came here to this blog really wanting to know more about Ecuador, I wrote a book about my two years of living there. In my book, I tell the real story about what it’s like to live, day to day, in Ecuador. There are some Ecuador recipes too that you won’t find anywhere else!
Please feel free to buy my new bookWords To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador. My book is available both on Kindle and Paperback formats, though I prefer the kindle as all my photos are in color in that version.
Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador

Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador

 

 

STORAGE in ECUADOR

CITYBOX! Great Storage in Ecuador!

CITYBOX! Great Storage in Ecuador!

We had a hard time finding secure storage in Ecuador for all our stuff while we go on our ’round the world trip. Frankly, we had a hard time finding storage period in Ecuador!

ECUADOR IS NOT A STORAGE CULTURE

It seems the culture here in Ecuador doesn’t really do storage. When I first put the word out to my Ecuadorian friends that I was looking for a great storage place, they looked at me rather quizzically. They didn’t have a name for it. In fact, some Ecuadorians asked me “Why would a person want storage?”

Ecuador is not a consumer culture like in the United States and other places in the world. Ecuadorians don’t do storage. Whatever they have, they use. They don’t store it somewhere else. Whatever food they buy is fresh. There is no Costco to go load up on supplies for the month. People in Ecuador go shopping at their local tienda store or the farmers market each week for what they need.

EXPAT FORUMS WEREN’T MUCH HELP EITHER

Next I went to the Expat Forums of various kinds. Nothing.

In fact on one person went so far as to wryly suggest, “Storage? It’s called an apartment.”

Well, we didn’t want to rent an apartment just to store our precious belongings and leave all of that stuff unattended.

DON’T LEAVE YOUR STUFF IN ECUADOR UNATTENDED!

When people leave anything unattended here in Ecuador for a long period of time, a house, car, or anything else, the risk of it being stolen or vandalized is very real. One couple I know left their home for a few months while they went back to the States.

They did not hire a guard or ask their neighbors to keep an eye on the house while they were gone.

This couple came back and found their home totally and completely stripped – right down to even the wires and windows torn out from the walls, the doors, toilets and the fixtures all gone.

ENTER: CITYBOX ECUADOR!!!!

Finally, I found CITYBOX in the port city of Guayaquil, Ecuador.  It was just what we were looking for!

BUILDING and ACCESS

CITYBOX is a five story high building with one hundred units per floor. It is spotlessly clean. There is a full time armed guard and 24 hour video surveillance.  It has a high outer wall and as a client you cannot even get through the locked outer door without showing your ID and having it confirmed with the guard in their files.

There is a huge area for a car or truck to enter with easy access. It’s large enough for a truck transporting a 20 or 40 foot container. The driver can open the back and unload on to a loading dock. There are multiple large transport carts with wheels for you to use to move your stuff into your storage unit.

UNITS

CITYBOX has various size units at varying prices and each unit has a secure metal sliding door that can be locked at the bottom in two places. It has a huge elevator and we were able to get everything into our one unit except for our kayak.

SECURITY

CITYBOX is as secure as anything I have seen in the world and due to my wanderlust life, trust me I’ve seen more than my fair share of storage units.

PAYMENT EVERY MONTH

You pay by the month and if you have an Ecuadorian bank account, you can make a direct payment online each month.

ONLY NEED TEMPORARY STORAGE?

If you are coming to Ecuador and need to store your stuff for awhile while you are looking around for where you want to settle, CITYBOX is the place to store your stuff temporarily. You can store a month at a time.

Also, the location is easy from the Guayaquil loading docks off the container ships. All you need to do is hire a truck to transport your container after your stuff has cleared Customs and Immigration.

NEED TO SHIP FROM CITYBOX? NO PROBLEM!

One other really cool thing about CITYBOX is that you can have your shipping company go to CITYBOX and load your stuff into a container and then have the truck transport  your container directly to the Guayaquil port for shipping.

If you use the very reliable shipping company we used, you can have your stuff shipped from Ecuador to anywhere you want in the world. Contact me directly at maryanne@wordstothriveby.com for more information on our great shipping company.

CONTACT INFORMATION

You can call them at 1-800 CITYBOX | 04 269 3269 (Direct in Ecuador)

THANK GOD FOR CITYBOX!

We were so relieved to find CITYBOX in Ecuador! We can leave Ecuador now resting assured all our stuff will be here – SAFE and SECURE- when we return from our trip!

NEED A SHIPPING SERVICE TO ECUADOR?

Let me know if you want a lead on a company that can handle your shipping. We used a great company and I can introduce you directly to them. Contact me at maryanne@wordstothriveby.com with the Subject line: Need Shipping To Ecuador.

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Lao-Tzu said, “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”

Sunset in Ecuador

Sunset in Ecuador

I am frankly amazed that my blog on my experiences here in Ecuador over the past eight months is now being read in over 50 countries. I had no idea people were so interested in Ecuador or what I have to say about it.

My “Footprints In Ecuador: An American Woman’s Life Changing Journey” blog has been all about my experiences of learning to live here in Ecuador these past eight months.

I won’t lie to you, it’s been rally, really challenging at times. I’m still working my way through culture shock here in Ecuador, understanding my own boundaries and the different cultural boundaries of the native Ecuadorians, learning how to cook what I know and also what great Ecuadorian food there is to learn with the ingredients available here and at times, dealing with my frustration with how slow things can often be balanced with also my tremendous awe of the beauty of living here in this country.

I’ve travelled all over the world for both work and pleasure. It’s hard to describe in words, but there is an amazing generous heartedness of the Ecuadorian people that I have never experienced anywhere in the world.

I wake up every day feeling so incredibly grateful for living here and for what I’m learning not only about Ecuador, but also what I’m learning about myself. It feels like everything I don’t truly need is slowly falling away: my blind spots, my assumptions, my cultural bias’s, my need to be liked and appreciated, my need for my “stuff,” and so many other aspects of myself that are slowly coming into view in my own heart of hearts.

All I can say is that as things fall away, I feel lighter and more free. I am more and more always in a state of loving what I have and being in a continuous state of contentment. Lao-Tzu said, “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”

I realized recently that in paying close attention to my mind, what I’m learning and embracing all there is to love about this country and it’s people, that the rest of my life has indeed fallen into place.

There is always more to learn and more to experience of course. But it feels great to be where I am right now, in this moment.

Please feel free to share your thoughts here about your own experiences of living in a foreign country or questions you may have about my experience here living in South America.

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