I admit to being frustrated as I write this so I have no idea how this will come out.
This morning, I noted a recent review of my book on Amazon. The reviewer was critical of my book as he said I did not mention the problems with living in Ecuador. He went on to note “…petty theft and corruption” as examples of things I did not mention.
We went back and forth a few times with me continuing to relate that our experiences here have been positive and the reviewer continuing to relate the problems relating to Ecuador that he had read about in other books.
After that exchange, I have thought a bit more of our experiences here in Ecuador and my portrayal of our experiences. I have come to the following conclusions:
1. Diane and I remain very pleased with our choices relating to our move to Ecuador.
2. My book is an accurate portrayal of our experiences here.
3. Ecuador is not a perfect place. In fact, there is crime here, mostly petty crime as noted by my book’s reviewer. And there is corruption in politics and the judicial process much like most other places on the planet.
4. While medical care in the major population centers of Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca is excellent as related to large well-equipped hospitals there, life-saving emergency medical care is a hit and miss proposition along most of Ecuador’s coast. Routine care is fine.
Not all expats seeking a life in Ecuador or other locations will be successful. Some will return to their home country, unable to make the necessary cultural and emotional shifts to build a new life in a new nation while attempting to learn a new language. Some expats will adapt, build a new and wonderful life, proclaim their happiness and will be criticized by some for “not seeing the real problems”.
If I were to summarize all of this, I’d have to say that selling one’s life to the highest bidders, packing what remains and heading off to build a new life in a completely different culture is a huge deal! We did it and we are very happy that we did but it is not for everyone! Some will make it and others won’t.
Neither Diane nor I see ourselves ever living in the States, again. We may see other parts of the planet as our health and resources permit as that is how we are choosing to spend our retirement years. We like the idea of living in Latin America and for now, Ecuador is a great place to be, petty theft, corruption and all.
Our housekeeper just arrived and has started her routine. Diane has a tennis lesson today and I’m gonna’ jump on the motor scooter and run a few errands. Another normal retired day has begun here on the coast of Ecuador.
I wonder when I’ll start feeling crappy about our decision.