A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)


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Cuenca Ecuador is rich in culture. From the style of clothing to the delicious food, you can see cultural influences almost everywhere you go. When people come for a visit they usually want to know where they can find some souvenirs to bring a little bit of culture back with them. We always like to ... [Read more]

Silver filigrana ornament, Chordeleg Ecuador

Chordeleg is famous for its skilled artisans that make beautiful silver jewelry. It's unlike any jewelry I've ever seen. The silver is twisted and woven into beautiful designs. Chordeleg is a nice little town not far from Cuenca. This special technique is called filigrana and is amazingly detailed. We have seen filigrana being sold here in Cuenca and ... [Read more]

favorite-ecuador-places

If you’re moving to a foreign country, then what your kids are going to do there, will probably be a concern. I was a little worried about that when we moved here. What was I going to do all day (aside from school)? Well, here are a few great places that I love to go: ... [Read more]

eduardo-vega-turi-cuenca-ceramic-mural

I love the work of Eduardo Vega.  He is a famous ceramic artist who lives and works in Cuenca. His shop is right next to his house in Turi, a tourist look off location which overlooks the whole city of Cuenca.  It's near the top of the hill, on the right hand side going up.  ... [Read more]

WeeklyPhoto-TowerShopping-QuitoEcuador

When in Quito, we are always amazed by the number of shopping malls (I know, a couple of small-town hicks, right?). Well there are two shopping centers that were really different. They are both towers, that spiral up about 8 levels - no stairs. There must be about 100 different stores in each. And of ... [Read more]

Jewlshop_5

We found an intriguing jewelery shop downtown Cuenca that I thought I should share, because who doesn’t like some new jewelery now and then? I really like Argo Joyeria because it’s not the average jewelery store, it’s bright, cheery and the jewelery is very unique.  Everything in the store is handmade, and they say that ... [Read more]

Cost of Living in Cuenca Ecuador 2010

  One of the questions we get asked the most is: Well that's a tough question. Whats the cost of living in United States? Some people may do well with $1000/month and others "scrape by" on $4000/month. If you listen to some of the internet ads, you can live in Ecuador for $660/month. And no ... [Read more]

Another Charming Shop - Folklor Latino, Cuenca

Here in Cuenca there are so many charming shops with souvenirs and unique handmade objects.  We were in one on Thursday and I thought I would share it with you. What I love about these shops is that they are tucked away all over the city in old colonial homes that have been converted into ... [Read more]

Top 5 Safe Shopping Tips

We feel very comfortable shopping and traveling in and around Cuenca, but sometimes people do take advantage of an easy target.  So it makes sense to think ahead. Here are 5 things we do to stand out a little less: If you dress like you have money, people will think you do and probably feel ... [Read more]

How To Shop at an Open Market in Ecuador

The attraction for many gringos, of traveling and living in a foreign country, is the thrill of traditional open markets. When we first arrived here, we heard everything from: “everything is so cheap” and “its such nice/fresh/beautiful/unique products here” to “don’t go there – you’ll get robbed or mugged” and “I heard somewhere from someone ... [Read more]

About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. If this is your first visit, start here. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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