We passed the three-year mark of official residency in Ecuador. To our disappointment, changes to the interpretation of the rules prevent getting citizenship, for now at least. We each travelled out of Ecuador more than 90 days total in the three year period. We’ll see whether we can “restart the clock”, and try again three years from now…
Katy’s Spanish continues to get stronger, Eric’s not so much. Eric’s employment ended in January 2015, so we’re really retirees now (at 67 years each).
We’ve had visits from Ben, Micah and Cameron. Looking for more of those in the future, maybe even from Claire and her parents.
Still living in our remodeled house, but that will change in a few months. Life is still good here — can’t imagine being anywhere but Cuenca.
Katy’s work at Anos Dorados came to an abrupt and rude end, just before Christmas 2013. The facility closed, primarily due to poor management at the top level, including the facility owners. With only a few days notice of closing, Katy and others found alternative living arrangements for several gringo clients. She continues to be available to help people, and is involved with a new group who are trying to develop a new model for gringo’s extended care in Cuenca.
Eric’s work with Savant Automation has continued. The scope of the software development project has grown a lot.
We’ve been living in our re-built/remodeled house since December 1, 2013. We’ve lived in 5 different apartments, and are happy to be settled in our own place, finally. Lots of projects remain, but it is mostly livable. The gardens, front and back, are all planted — what fun the Cuenca climate is for that !
Life in Cuenca remains our first choice. We’re nearly two years along in the permanent residency; another 12 months and we can apply for citizenship. Life is very good !
The weather we’ll leave behind:
Flying out of Chicago 1/26/11, will be in Ecuador through 4/19/11.